GAG Moderne’s display of “Machharnama”- A confluence of art, spirituality, science and metaphysics

When traditional knowledge merge with modern era experimental art, the resultant of the amalgamation is obvious to glue art connoisseurs and art lovers, and this very perfect blend of traditional knowledge and modern techniques have been adopted in the installation of “Machharnama” by the NeAnGo STUDIO in the new GAG Moderne.

The NeAnGo STUDIO is the actualization of the dream of a trio of installation artists, Neha Talwar, Anirudh Tripathi and Gopal Mehan. The trio with their installation art has sub-divided their installation into chapters, showing inherent potential for progress and inner quest to solve the paradox of modern existence.

Making the mosquitos the central theme of their artistic installation, the NeAnGo STUDIO aims it to represent both human soul and mind. The ubiquitous nature of the mosquitoes and their ordinariness in the human society itself makes the subject universal and thus evenly applicable. The journey of the mosquito serves as a metaphor for the enigmatic journey of human mind and soul that moves towards its ultimate destination of attaining an exalted state of being despite the prevailing chaos and uncertainties.

The trio with their first installation “Machharnama Chapter-1” has drawn inspiration from the Vedic and Samkhya Yoga practice of Ashtanga Yoga. Placed right away at the entrance of the GAG Moderne the great symmetrical arrangement of the eight boxes each containing one mosquito depict the eight-fold path of the Ashtanga Yoga and take the art lovers and connoisseurs visiting the gallery in aww and admiration.

The modern existence comes with its own shortcomings that has put many against the odds of mundane reality, and the eight mosquitos respectively representing the eight chapters of the “Machharnama” is significantly translated to the layers of human endeavours and understanding in the contemporary socio-political scenario.

The art installations made by the use of day to day objects and materials are itself emblematic that also bring human fallacies to the forefront. The separate instalments to represent the eight limbs of the Yoga is itself significant and quite artistic and mosquitoes in each instalment symbolises all human forms. All the eight-art installation represent “YAMA”, “NIYAMA”, “ASANAS”, “PRANAYAMA”, “PRATYAHARA”, “DHARANA” “DHYANA” and “SAMADHI respectively that are nonetheless the eight-fold paths of the Ashtanga Yoga.

The second part of the “Machharnama” titled “Machharnama Chapter-2” -the ‘one drop paradox’ extends the vision of the installation artists of NeAnGo STUDIO to highlight multi-dimensional thought process and artworks for this project. The second chapter of the “Machharnama” has adopted modern technologies and digital amenities to create a modern art scene incorporating both psychology and spirituality and sought for an answer to the existing paradox. Video arts, floor installations and digital art formed the basis of the quest to solve the ‘one drop paradox’.

The first video art uses the Freudian philosophy of working of subconscious and unconscious mind during the sleep process. The sleep patterns of many has been taken into account by the artists to conclude the presence of variation with each person in respect to their reaction to the buzzing mosquitoes. The second video art of the NeAnGo Studio revolved around.

“Bhagvadagita II 4.7 II” to resolve all necessary evils in present socio-political scenario. The mosquito served as a symbolic representation of the evils of the urbanization phenomenon of the modern world. The colours were chosen to represent the spectrum of human emotions during the different stages of urbanization- a phenomenon that holds potential dangers but couldn’t be done without.

The “floor installation” are pillared on abstract painted bricks, accentuating the rawness and representing the stings of the mosquitoes through the rough edges throughout. Human sufferings of sleep are denoted by the blood on the white pillow and the mosquito net represented the futility of human efforts to counter the endless misery caused by the modern existence. The environ of the studio suits the sound art and generates a suitable effect combining the voice of humans and mosquito buzz to highlight the paradox.

The installation is complemented by the “digital art” depicting the veracities of human brain and soul fighting tirelessly in the presence of mosquitoes for sleep. The art showcased in full potential the trials and tribulations of human mind struggling with the menace of mosquitoes.

The ‘one drop paradox’ of Neha Talwar, Anirudh Tripathi and Gopal Mehan still seek answers and in the journey are determined to create marvellous pieces of art to solve the absurdity and dilemma of either killing the mosquitoes for sucking a drop of blood or to forgive it for its deeds. People visiting the GAG Moderne has been appreciating the stylistic innovations adopted and have provided positive and encouraging feedbacks to highlight its significance.