The installation that we are creating at the museum is called “Sankalp”. There are many interpretations of the word, and my interpretation, the one that I am using on the brochure is :
“Sankalp is the seed of Intention. Subtle but firm, it is a resolve deep in consciousness.
Artistic expression lies beyond thought. Beyond the Ego. It lies in calling upon creative forces of the universe through deep seated intention. And then letting go of intention. For expression is not permanent. It cannot be enclosed in time/space. Like a Crystal it is ever changing with continuing possibilities and potential. Each moment brings different possibilities and potential.
There are no beginnings and no ends. Expression is fluid and eternal.”
The installation is possible only because of the co authorship of my brilliant architect friend David Adjaye, who has just won the contract for one of the most prestigious architectural design of today : the new Smithsonian Museum for the African American Arts………
……..The installation intends to immerse the visitor in a multitude of reflections of the same film form different points of view (now called Passge) on various surfaces and from different points of the film. None of the reflections will impose upon the viewer the idea of linear time and plot, but because our mind is addicted to linearity and to beginnings and ends, each viewer will probably make up the linear ‘plot’ of the film. And then will walk into an area which shows the film and as it was constructed by the director. Hopefully that will be rejected by the viewer who has by then formed their own idea of the linearity. Thereby destroying my work as I intended it, but adding to it immensely by creating many more points of view than is possible.
Am trying to push film in to the idea of pure art, into the realm of music. Like a magic jigsaw puzzle where the same pieces could be put together in infinite different ways to create an infinite number of pictures.