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An Installation by Ramprasad Akkisetti: Curator and Artist.

Mankind is by nature animalistic and brutal. History reflects this brutality through incessant wars, and the creation of evil empires. Parallelly, mankind gradually learned to come together discussing ideas and solving problems rationally. That is the story of civilizations emerging, where mankind learned from one another, communicated between each other and solved problems through mutual understanding. Peace began to replace violence!

The critical role of architecture in building civilizations is in creating places to meet, where ideas are discussed, exchanged and propagated. Architecture manifests itself in the form of schools where education is carried out, auditoria where music and drama are performed, bazaars where trade is carried out, parliament houses where governments are ruled through rational debate and consensus, athletic arenas where sports are played, housing communities where people live and offices where people work. So, this installation represents the ESSENCE OF ARCHITECTURE. It represents the role of architecture, bringing people together, creating civilizations for humanity to thrive.

At a metaphysical level connexions reflect our desires and aspirations. It seamlessly floats over the ground, standing strong on its legs and spreading wide to reach out to the sky, denoting man's ability to think in abstraction. It denotes man's ability to deal with ideas and concepts and not on bare necessitates and mundane urges. In other words, it signifies going beyond the survival mode, on to a civilized culture and society. The six prongs seamlessly connect in the center representing coming together. We bring ideas and energies together along with knowledge and skills in enhancing the human experience. Exhibitions are places where these energies and ideas come together and spread further.

Red represents the sun and its energy, like a Chinese character in red. It is not static, its dynamic! Like pure forms such as spheres and cubes, one can say this is the purest form for energy. One cannot express energy more simply than this. There is a stability within this dynamism; it is a burst of energy from the center, while it is also the coming together of energy at the center, creating a stability within a dynamic form.

Commissioned by: ABEC Asia (Minauti Patil) ACETECH 2019, Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai, India. Installation built by: Indranil Garai and Associates, Pune, India (Team: Sumit Roy, Imran Sheikh, Laxman Londe). Design Team: Ar.Sundar Bommazee, Parth Mehta, Krishna Vadgama (Model Maker)

Caption: Ar. Kaihan Matoo, Ar. Nishant Gupta, Ar. Christopher Benninger and Sculptor Ramprasad Akkisetti at the opening of ACETECH 2019, Bombay Exhibition Center, on 7th November 2019

Caption: A Student of Urban Design program at CEPT University, Parth Mehta, was the part of the design team 'connexion'. This enthusiastic student reflects the energy of the art installation in the Public realm.

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Publication:Marg, A Magazine of the Arts
Date:Dec 1, 2019
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