DSC00129 — New Delhi, 14:00hrs xxxxxx 38°c. | 80%RH HAZE: Building Construction sand and grit ex­posed to pre-mon­soon show­ers and heat – July, 2004

Composite text from an email ex­change be­tween Anand Bhatt and http://​home.earth­link.net/~​aether­ica/ (bc)

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          | Building Construction sand and grit heap 
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Building Construction sand and grit exposed to pre-monsoon showers and heat

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          | A grain comes to rest. Another joins it.
          | Many grains follow from a variety of sources, 
          | Brought to a point of accumulation by chance.
          | Not brute chance. Chance descrimination ...
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          | Massumi, in A User's Guide to Capitalism 
          | and Schizophrenia, pp 48.
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Building Construction sand and grit exposed to pre-monsoon showers and heat Building Construction sand and grit exposed to pre-monsoon showers and heat
Building Construction sand and grit exposed to pre-monsoon showers and heat Building Construction sand and grit exposed to pre-monsoon showers and heat

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In the mind. In the need. The alien­ation may be pure. Detachment. Separation. My mind gets so tired, alone. Language, im­ages, every­where of­ten say­ing noth­ing. There is a be­gin­ning to your span of im­ages that do say more than can be writ­ten about in words to­day. Yet it seems only con­ver­sa­tions could nav­i­gate it. And col­lec­tions of these, records, doc­u­ments, as a way to find shared and dif­fer­ences, to hy­poth­e­size con­di­tions based on this ex­change of ex­pe­ri­ence, em­piri­cisms, one and many, to get be­yond words. What is in the im­ages is uni­ver­sal, in part, in whole. Vice-versa. Yet the words will for­ever es­cape me, though if able to share per­cep­tions, some greater res­o­lu­tion would be achieved, and firstly, of­fline. A pile of dirt is, to me, a sign of hope for change. It is a ques­tion. And why con­struc­tion/​de­struc­tion and these aes­thet­ics have more mean­ing, to me, in uni­ver­sal terms, than a fin­ished de­sign-style. Anything would seem pos­si­ble, best to the worst. What that is, is a ques­tion, and what it will mean.

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Ur, circa 1930 (from Wooley's expidition)
Ur, circa 1930 (from Wooley’s ex­pidi­tion)

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(infra)-structured Delhi, around 2004 - the city en­route to Alphaville, via Liberalization (1992) JNNURM (2004) and CWG (2004-2010) pro­grammes, the city is cur­rently ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a mis­sion-ori­ented smart cities’ (2015- con­t’d) state.