LECTURES / SYMPOSIUMS
The Question of Form
Artist talk by Rupali Gupte and Prasad Shetty
15 July , 6 – 8 pm
Form has been usually analysed as corruption of platonic objects, as an ensemble of components, as formation through different materials, as a generation of geometries, as composition of meanings, etc. Architectural form has been largely conceptualised through utilitarian, symbolic and regionalistic orientations. This talk focuses on developing the idea of form through its affordances, its oneiric nature and its role in the production of space.
Rupali Gupte and Prasad Shetty are architects, urbanists and the artists of ‘Belly of the Strange’ project commissioned for the ‘Very Small Feelings’ exhibition. They jointly run Bard Studio, a multidisciplinary practice that traverses between architecture, art, and urban studies, and are founder members of the School of Environment and Architecture in Mumbai. Their research and practice sit at the intersection of experimental pedagogy, exploring different aspects of urban form and experience and building environments and objects inspired by functional everyday urban forms that enable transactional capacities of inhabitation and engagement. For instance, the one-foot paan (betel-nut) shop in a dense Mumbai chawl is both a design intervention and accidental functional innovation of a local shopkeeper.