Luck & Transport

A couple weeks ago I found this in Jersey City, in Little India.

In Bangalore, people tie sandals to the bumpers of their cars for good luck. I never figured out exactly why, but I love that shoes, which are associated with walking, are linked with a more modern vehicle of travel. When I was preparing for Test Drive, I also made a tiny sandal and sewed it to the bumper of one of the car/skates, to add one more layer to the play upon feet & cars.

Blurry picture, but best I could find. You can see it at the bottom of the image.

Weaving

I shot this video clip in Bangalore. These ladies are weaving floor mats on the side of the road. I love the rhythm of it.

I also apparently loved the combination of bits of rubble and string; Seeing this surely lead to Walking Sutra.

It’s also the technique I used to weave cardboard strips into blinds for the sculpture Make Shift. I reused the blinds in The Life Instinct.

Packages

In Vrindavan, if you want to mail a package, it needs to be covered in sack-cloth.

You have to get them stitched up.

I especially like this one, pieced together from two different kinds of cloth.

This is a package I sent to Mike, before its journey. I’d have loved to see it afterwards. I think it included a card, a pack of instant chai, an earthen disposable chai mug (which did not make it in one piece), some masala flavored doritos, a carved Ganesha statue…not sure what else.

Indra’s Net

Richard Lang recently emailed me about the concept of Indra’s Net. When I Wikipedia’d it, I found that it’s a name for a Buddhist concept of the interconnectedness of everything in the universe:

Francis Harold Cook describes the metaphor of Indra’s net from the perspective of the Huayan school in the book Hua-Yen Buddhism: The Jewel Net of Indra:

Far away in the heavenly abode of the great god Indra, there is a wonderful net which has been hung by some cunning artificer in such a manner that it stretches out infinitely in all directions. In accordance with the extravagant tastes of deities, the artificer has hung a single glittering jewel in each “eye” of the net, and since the net itself is infinite in dimension, the jewels are infinite in number. There hang the jewels, glittering like stars in the first magnitude, a wonderful sight to behold. If we now arbitrarily select one of these jewels for inspection and look closely at it, we will discover that in its polished surface there are reflected all the other jewels in the net, infinite in number. Not only that, but each of the jewels reflected in this one jewel is also reflecting all the other jewels, so that there is an infinite reflecting process occurring.[7]

What a coincidence. Given that the whole concept of Indra’s Cloud is about the ecological interconnectedness of people & nature, and that I used string to sew together the bottles so they form a kind of “net”, and that the plastic bottles are somewhat reflective … NOT TO MENTION the Indra connection… I couldn’t have planned it better myself.

Richard’s work also connects to the concept and is worth checking out. I’ll do a post on his work soon.