Bombay-based artist Ashok Sukumaran has an interesting exhibition titled ‘The Neighbour’ running at the University of Westminster in London. Commissioned by The Arts Catalyst, the exhibition explores the caravanning culture of the ’70’s and ’80’s. According to Sukumaran,
“The neighbour, neither friend nor enemy, is the one who may not be in your “network”, but is nevertheless in your world.”
The Arts Catalyst explains the concept further:
In The Neighbour, two ostensibly “mobile” habitats share space. One is a “static” mobile home from the late 1970’s, which developed as a way for lower-middle class families to partake in “caravan culture”, or escape longer term from the city and its property regimes. The second, coming from another direction in the same period, is a camper van, which follows gypsies and travellers in an attempt to produce the continuously nomadic home, built in the car factory.
These two objects, from the inside and out, ask us to inhabit questions about the contemporary “housing industry”, the overlaps in our landscapes of desire, of crisis, and the psychic dimensions of enclosure and spacing that have evolved not just among people, but also among competing machines, and their regulatory frameworks.
The exhibition began on March 13th and runs till April 9th, 2009. Definitely something to check out in London, if you’d like to explore the concepts of architecture and housing related to the modern world.