By Tara Aliya Kesavan
Arpi is an interactive installation that allows a user to play an audio-visual synthesizer by moving their bodies. The synthesizer generates an ambient soundscape coupled with undulating, generative patterns overlaying video footage of a beach. Short text prompts borrowed from Brian Eno’s work Oblique Strategies punctuate this environment with more direct opportunities for the viewer to slow down and reflect. The prompts ask questions and provide suggestions for those engaging in a creative process of any kind whether they are artists making work, teachers devising curriculums or chefs thinking up recipes! Given the escalating health crisis, Arpi aims to create a relaxing, playful and reflective experience.
Tara Aliya Kesavan is a multidisciplinary artist who blends film and photography with more tactile craft techniques to create unexpected results. She has combined lens based media with an array of crafts ranging from quilts to traditional printmaking technologies. This is her first foray into the world of interactive art.