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Alex Berry - Blog 5: Riding

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In many ways, art and research are both cyclic processes that are continually informed by experiences with Place. As I experience Goan village life as a foreigner, I reverberate with pieces of the scenes I encounter – and become affected by their happenings. This post describes such a scene, and has found its way into my art projects with students at the school I am researching with. Using a “junk cycle” as their canvas and leftover house paint as their medium, the students re-imagined the ways in which they engage with waste. 

 

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Alex Berry - Blog 4: Fireflies

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The universe is a child

with small and playful hands

pulling on the strings of fireflies

curious in their glow

 

Bouncing and reverberating - they spring in every direction

connected with the elasticity of a rubber band

stretched apart, and whipped together

they collide

Alex Berry - Blog 3: Many Hands

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It is the day before the start of the school year. Hovered around an empty table with a group of young girls in their shelter home, I listen to them sing Hindi and American songs. Their voices are gentle, lulling with the heat of the afternoon. Their vibrations humm in heavy air, so thick with humidity it could be sliced. The girls play with a gold, beaded necklace, reminiscence of their new year festivities. Brushing the surface of the table with it’s rolling beads, they form an array shapes – a heart, an elephant, a pair of lips.

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Alex Berry - Blog 2: Wandering in Excess

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I trail around the neighbourhood jungle, a basin of Goa’s flora, fauna and local squander - looking for materials the school children can explore with in this afternoon’s art project. Sharing the cool morning with my usual company - a family of indigenous pigs and ragged street dogs - We scour the land for treasures. In amongst blankets of garbage, there are pieces of tile, stone, shells, wire - tiny pebbles dusted with sand - small capsules of matter from places other than here. In some aeonian journey, they have made their way to this place.

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Alex Berry - Blog 1: Welcome

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Welcome!

Alex Berry - Podcast 1: Introduction

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As I prepare to leave for India, fellow CAPI Scholar Sara Bourquin interviews me about my research. 

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