COSMOS Live: Rana Ghose x Hardi Kurda x Nikhil Chopra present: String Pulses
Three people. One will be in "character". One may not be. The former will be reacting to what the latter does sonically. The latter will be generating cues for the former to send back to him. The third will deploy cameras from a distance for the sake of proximity.
This collaborative performance was initiated at the 2023 Cosmos Residency that took place at 999 in Carona village, in Goa, India.
"Those distances from here to there are misleading. We sometimes try to measure them. Often. If our memory fails us, we revert to metrics. But we don't like metrics, do we? So stratified. I don't know how to forgive myself for being bound to discrete units. I've chosen to embrace them. I saw him once, I recall the incident, but I don't trust myself. I only trust the false metrics that serve to distinguish my memory from being an extinguished aspiration."
Nikhil Chopra is an Indian contemporary artist based in Goa, India. Chopra's art — a complex amalgam of durational performance, painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography — critically explores issues relating to identity, politics, history, and the body.
Hardi Kurda is a composer, sound artist, improviser, researcher, and curator of SPACE21. His work and performances involve suggestive, unusual sounds, unexpected moments, and noises. The artist uses, among others, the radio to explore spectrum frequency as sound material and interact with the audience to reflect on his listening’ experience during his illegal journey to Europe and question the construction of legality.
Rana Ghose is a curator, economist, writer, and filmmaker. He steers REProduce Artists, a collective of artists, organizers, and content creators that produce interventions in non-traditional spaces, engaging with music and video in modular, sequential plays – all taking advantage of the aesthetics of spaces as varied as former mills, bakeries, and hotels.