In an age of virtual reality, where the pace of technology is so fast that one’s perceptions get altered, ‘Recursor’, the first solo art exhibition in Kerala by Baiju Parthan, gives a hint of this.
Baiju, a Goan Lalitha Kala Academy Winner, has subtly blended modern digital technology with his art. A pioneer of inter-media art in India, Baiju’s latest collection comprises of multilayer works that hint at the fusion of numerous dimensions. “Technology is used as an interactive space, where each node is a choice that branches out into an exploration of the fluid boundaries of meaning,” says the artist.
Elucidating on the title of his show, Baiju says that in computer programming, the term ‘Recursor’ refers to program modules that act repeatedly upon its own process output. To simplify, in an ongoing process run, the output becomes the input of the same process.
One of his novel exhibits is ‘Monument’, a 3D work that belongs to a series that reflects an ongoing experience of how virtual events in cyber space reshape and transform our experience of the world. ‘Vector’ is yet another striking work. It is a multiple media installation, with the ASCII code used as a medium to suggest the slow but steadily dematerialising and virtualisation occurring in the wake of the information paradigm.
His other noteworthy works include ‘Liquid Memory’ (3D rendering), ‘Arppeggio for Abbe Faria’ (photo video installation) and ‘Candidate-Rorschach’ (computer-generated video).
Baiju, who was born in Kerala, has taken part in more than 50 solo and group exhibitions, both in India and abroad. Thanks to a popular response, the exhibition, which began on October 28, has been extended till November 27. Visitor Frank Austen of Australia says, “It is an interesting and unique display of modern art.”