Emerson: Vespertina Cognitio

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Title: Emerson: Vespertina Cognitio. Medium: video. Length: 1:40 minutes. Year: 2011

This work is a compilation of 645 photographs taken one morning in Mumbai of a chestnut, a leaf and a snail’s shell, all found in places that I call home. The photographs constituted a search for the embodiment of a ‘home’ The form of the video – a compilation of sharp and blurred images occurring as glimpses dancing to a silent rhythm of their own – signifies the formation or the accidental discovery of a place as home attributing the formation of the same to momentary memories, ephemeral yet solid.

Marking the passage of time and of the time of the object in an attempt to recapture and frame for the present the past, the work amplifies the discordance and the symphony to which time and memory attend, as always subjective, relative yet eternal.

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