LandDreams [land-dreams] noun, verb
– noun: Realized or unrealized aspirations of land.
– verb: The act of imagining unrealized desires; in terms of functional uses or aesthetic.
Unemployed plots of land dream of things that they can do, how they can look, forms they can take. When they are actively traded and utilized in the market and society, only a narrow range of functions get performed on them. They, on the other hand, remain unfilled.
Because, how they see themselves as is a lot more colourful, open, social and adventurous. The markets bind the land in the roles it wants it to play.
The market has crashed. A lot of land is now unemployed. The market doesn’t have the resources to employ it or speculate on it. For now, some land owns its own future. And so, it is dreaming. It is dreaming of what it can be. In many different ways. I am channelling these dreams and giving them a temporary life. This story is called LandDreams, a verb and a noun. LandDreams is a part of the Porous City effort.
The first plot of land whose dreams I am channelling is the University Women’s Association, Bangalore (UWAB) property in New Thippasandra – the UWAB’s site for a working women’s hostel (see a map here).
Nisha Nair and I am working on a temporary cloth and rope structure at the site for the first meeting of the YourTime Club.
You will see more of the dreams here as they take shape.