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The Latent City
58 min/English with subtitles/2009

Delhi. This city is old. 2500 years old. The city as a palimpsest. Layers of accumulated history and memory. The city transforms. The water turns black. The trees turn yellow. The city turns a foggy green. And the poor turn to dust. Dialectics. The city is transforming to become more efficient and modern. A thought emerges. Selected artists from all the world over and India are invited to this city. In its transformative moment. To create art, in the everyday. 8 politically charged spaces are identified to be excavated and be transformed by the artists. 48 degrees Celsius. A reminder of our warming cities. The first public art ecology project in India is shaped. For 10 days in December 2008.

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Cameras whirr and a film re- constructs the art. An attempt is made to record and transcend the imagery. Using snatches of artist conversation. Splicing their politics and performance. A video re-presentation, is sliced in between

the chronicle of the disappearing city. Scattered written words unlock the larger narrative of the city. A debate around the disabling of publics and public spaces. A film re-surfaces. Nudges us to re-examine the latent citizenry. Urges to re- imagine the future of our cities. Through the ‘eye glass’ of public art.

Partners : Max Muller Bhawan Delhi
Director : Krishnendu Bose
Camera : Hussain

Grand Prix Golden Eagle Award
Romania 2011
2nd Prize
Rodos International Film and Visual Arts festival, ECOFILMS
Greece 2010
Part of Indian Panorama
International Film Festival of India
Goa 2009