Phone Re-Charge ki Dukkaan/ Khirkhee Storytelling Project (What was the…
Phone Re-Charge ki Dukkaan/ Khirkhee Storytelling Project
What was the intention?
Beginnings - Swati's Coriolis Effect ‘Migration and Memory’ residency
Long Term Community Art
it aims to create a collective narrative within the culturally diverse
community of regional and international migrants in Khirkee Extension, Delhi
hyper-local network of media exchange over time through media created by/with the community,
ranging from personal stories to performances, recorded by the participants on their phone cameras
and shared at the phone shop.
The project explores the development of representative and inclusive channels that could give a
voice to the marginalized and provide a platform for mediation between those divided along lines of
ethnicity, gender or religion
The project uses the
existing low tech and informal modes of media sharing in Indian cities through phone memory cards
at a local phone recharge shop, created by the artist and run on a weekly basis.
foster social cohesion and creativity.
What ideas does she already have about sustainainility?
What is Khoj's Role/Motive
The Phone Recharge Shop : as a community interface for local media exchange and conversations with diverse groups who live or pass through Khirkee Extension
Providing recharges offered a utilitarian backdrop to the project which facilitated casual
conversations without the inhibition or hesitation that might accompany someone asked to
partake in a public project.
media exchanges took place in this period (stored in the project hard disk) through 11
weekly shop days, providing the time for long and intimate conversations with the
participants that ranged from politics, their perception of others in the community, their
history with the neighborhood and personal stories of their migration.
The local community newspaper by Malini Kochupillai became
great conversation starters – with everyone who read them, sharing more stories of the
people whose stories had been covered in the paper. What excited the readers the most
was that they knew or had seen some of the people covered in the paper and more than
anything, that is why they wanted to read about them
system-of-cultures-and-stories-4638108/. Aradhna Wal from News 18 also briefly
covered the project in her article
to-a-living-nightmare-how-african-students-survive-india-1365460.html based on a
telephonic conversation with me.