CAUGHT BY TRAFFIC II/AUTORAJ
Caught by Traffic is a series of collaborative, process driven installations that seeks to reimagine or reconfigure the city from the perspective of the driver of public transport vehicles. The form of public transport that is focused on is that which exists in between formal and informal modes of operation.
Autoraj is the Bangalore edition of this project that first begun in Durban South Africa with The Big Boss. Autoraj explores the city through the position of autorickshaw driver. The project uses photographs, video, stickers, collage, maps and objects to create an installation that works as a kind of visceral map of the city which will be installed at the exhibition space at 1,Shanthiroad Bangalore. The space will operate as a project room for the duration of the show and will be open daily until the 24th of August from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. You are welcome to come for refreshments and to add to the visual mapping in progress.
There will be a grand finale on Saturday the 20th of August from 19:00 onwards where among other things you can expect film, food and music.
Autoraj would not have been possible without the help of the following people:
Autoraju, Abdul Rehman, Bakar Shariff, Copshiva, Gururaj Hadadi, Suresh Jataram, Raghu Prasad, Shruti Chamaria, Ajmal PM, Deepak DL, N Sunder, Achal Prabhala, Ricardo Gallego and Mona.
image by COP SHIVA
Press: Timeout Bangalore
AUTORAJ BANGALORE is part II of the global project Caught By Traffic and is graciously supported by 1Shanthi Road Studio Gallery, Spier Contemporary 2010 and the Africa Centre and WITS University’s Faculty of Humanities and WITS School of Arts, JHB South Africa. You can also follow WITS Fine Art on Facebook
GANNDUGALLI: THE REAL MAN
The Autoraju/Zen Marie music video collaboration.
The closing finale, Ganndugalli was a smash hit! Rickshaw drivers, their families, the people of Shanthi Road as well as Bangalore’s art crowd were entertained by rickshaw art, music by DJ Goapu, VJ’ing by The Khan, and the Ganndugalli installation.
Click on “Installation Images” in the left sidebar to see selected images from the show. More to come.
There was also a screening of the Music Video Collaboration with Autoraju. Look out for this upload!
In addition to this the was the presentation of the prestigious Golden Auto awards to those who helped make the project a success!
A Collage by Autoramana
GANNDUGALLI IS COMING!!!
The mapping process turned into breakdancing/Kung Fu/chaos! Autoraju brought his boys Autoramana (Fighter Balaji) and B.V. Venugopal (High Tech Auto). Autoramana displayed his Kung Fu technique and High Tech impressed with his Rickshaw complete with Birds and fish. (yes, live birds and gold fish). Raju was the raja as always. These guys are really the gliterati of Bangalore’s Rickshaw massive!
Autoramana V Dyah Khan
We were Lucky to have a visit from Filmaker Sushma Veerappa, who is making a film on Autodrivers Shankar Nag and Kannada nationalism. Here she is with Autoraju and Autoramana, drivers with whom she has (obviously) worked with before.