invitation-mail, `rootless rituals', february 24th :
'.....within the last two weeks we came in touch with different views and perceptions concerning the changing environmental conditions in bangalore. it seemed to us that there is a strong need to respond to the fast and reckless reconstruction of the city. with the loss of old landmarks and trees, people seem to loose their confidence in their city as a sheltering place....
in this context, on hearing about cultural/traditional rituals performed around peepal/neem/other trees we wondered if we could find/create different rituals to perform around living and dead trees, and particularly around tree stumps, pulled out dead root balls still lying around near GPO circle and other places.... we therefore invite you to take action with us on wednesday, march 3rd, 9 am, meeting point: 1 shantiroad. we then move to the spots to carry out our action.'
performances, march 3rd :
`move against it - rituals` at a spot in the city, where the signs of change are still visible.
commentary of a passer: 'trees have been cut. no oxygen for men. we cannot cross the road because of heavy traffic. we can´t stand in the hot sun`
discussion after 'pausing in a treeshape' in the middle of the road in a place, where there are no traces of change left.
.... questions after taking action:
who owns the city?
whats the difference between being an activist and a performer?
the importance of your own roots?!
katté-being at home