Delhi, India


Kinetic art is the association of art with movement. This can happen in many different ways from sculpture and mechanics, to human interaction, physical movement and the effects the movement of society has on Architecture.

Nandita Kumar is an artist from Delhi whose intricate works often incorporate some form of machinery. Susanta Mandal also plays with lighting and other kinetic mechanisms, creating works that seem playful in appearance but reveal disconcerting truths upon observation. Delhi as a city could be interpretted as a Kinetic artwork in itself. It is so full of life and movement, texture and colour, and a layering of interaction combined with innovation. Architectural forms such as the Jantar Mantar demonstrate layering by structure, kinetic human interaction and also a play on shadow and light. Artwork in Architecture can be found all over Delhi by way of art installations such as this crate canopy where people take everyday objects and combine their raw natural texture and beauty with new form and function.

Delhi remains one of the oldest surviving cities in the world today. It is in fact, an amalgamation of eight cities, each built in a different era on a different site. Each era has left its mark, and added character to it and each ruler has left a personal layer of architectural identity. It has evolved into a culturally secular city, absorbing different religions, diverse cultures, both foreign and indigenous, and yet functioning as one organic entity. It was known for its riches both material and cultural. Foreign travellers were hypnotised by it, books have been written on it, poets have loved it and Kings and Emperors have fought over it. As you walk along the narrow bylanes of this city of dreams, tread softly. Every crumbling wall has a story to tell. Every yesterday is replete with history. Rulers have come and gone. The city has lived through wars and resurrection, repeatedly rising from the ashes.