KOCHI AIR


HD video documentation
Kochi AIR
Kerala, India
2016






This documentation was made whilst undertaking co-management of the Kochi Artist-in-Resident (AIR) program with artist Kate Hill in 2016.

Recording simple actions of care around Pepper House in Kochi, Kerala. The opening frames record the looming presence of the international port of Kochi. The port incurrs losses due to the 24/7 dredging necessary to keep the bay deep enough for cargo ships. Sand is dredged and often dumped further out to sea, only to have the channel fill-in again. The dredging has all-but destroyed the local fishing industry, which now makes some small profit displaying the elaborate and beautiful 'Chinese fishing nets' to tourists.


NB: The final long frame documents a section of Shoeb Ahmad's sound work made on residency as part of KochiAIR.