Durbar Hall, Kochi, India, 2016
In collaboration with Lilli Tölp
The city of Kochi, especially the Old Town area of Fort Kochi is well-known for its colonial buildings, its colorful wooden doors and window grills, which are at many parts already covered in moss, trees or bushes. Using these doors and window frames, combining them with natural materials like grass and soil, artists reflect on the complexity of the urban and natural identity of Kochi.
The element of cube stands for human and human constructions, built from mementos of the past. The straight nature of this geometric pattern is in organic composition with the dynamism of the living, ever-changing nature. This cube of solidarity is covered in myths of the past and in the nature of the present. Grass and soil is growing around it, as all of us – buildings and humans – are inevitably affected and once overtaken by nature and natural forces.
Articulating ecological concerns, raising awareness on soil being a living material, and discussing the importance of human responsibility in the natural flow of the ecosystem are key concerns. Inviting the audience to explore Nature and its multi-dimensions, creating an emotional relationship with it, based on caring and respect, is sought. Only when human experiences oneness with nature will he be liberated from the alienation from it, the type of solitude we label as so(i)litude.