Jaaga voice – embodied
In addition to the technical work (Natural Language Processing and Speech Synthesis) I am doing here at Jaaga, I am also working on a sculptural component of the piece. The idea is to really highlight this collision between global/local and high/low tech that is so representative of Jaaga, Bangalore, and India more generally – by embodying this concept in a sculptural form.
About 2 weeks ago I visited a great museum here in Bangalore called CKP and was entranced by this body of indian sculpture by the Bastar tribe of Chhattisgarh. These works are built of appropriated scrap metal from tin trunks which were once quite common here. The metal is reworked and embossed to create life size abstract yet figurative sculptures. I love how they straddle this line between looking ancient and looking almost robotic (note the joints fused with rivets). It seemed like an ideal form from which to derive the body of Jaaga voice.
We started with some scraps of rusty steel and with much perseverance and assistance from the amazing helpful tech Kiran, the sculpture is taking shape. See in the images a few of the sculptures which originally inspired me as well as our piece unfolding – or rather folding together! Hope to have it standing tomorrow.