Census of Sense curated by Veerangana Solanki
The human action is guided by what has been termed as the six senses. What we see, hear, smell, touch or perceive is a fore player in the act that follows – not necessarily confirming the sense of the sense in question. The artists in this exhibition create a census of sociological, political and ecological factors – whose outcome is a result of the act of a response to senses. The works in this exhibition formulate the viewer to become entirely conscious of their reactions and create an awareness of each of their six senses and their interdependency.
Sound: When you hear an explosion, is it a cracker, is it an attack? When you hear various genres music – are they therapeutic or are they noise? Are the sounds of a buzzing city welcoming or the shattering silence in the country? (Variations in perceptions of sound)
Sight: You hear it and then you see it...is it what you thought it was? You get a glimpse of it...then you delve deeper and it changes form – changes your thoughts – challenges your perception, questions your vision.
Smell: Fresh flowers, Cowsheds, Horses, Jackfruits, Garbage, Gunpowder, Sardines, Firecrackers, Blue Cheese, Decayed flowers – pleasant or unpleasant? Real or unreal?
Taste: Smell before you taste – can you afford to? Does it look like what it will taste? Can you judge it? What is the purpose of taste? Is it a luxury to choose what to taste, or is it a luxury to taste what you get?
Touch: Soft, rough, hard, velvety, smooth – how important is the sense of touch – how much can you rely on perception through touch. What is it to perceive through touch – how does it alter understanding when the unknown becomes the known?
Think: Think what you hear, a thought on what you see, thoughts gushed by what you smell and race by what you touch – is it the thought, the mind’s perception, the sixth sense that keeps you guessing, that sharpens your other senses to facilitate you in validating your next action? How legitimate is it in a world of manipulation?