Rohan Shivkumar is an architect, urban designer and filmmaker practicing in Mumbai. He is the Dean of Research and Academic Development at...
What are maps? What does a map allow you to see and what does it exclude? Are there different possibilities of maps? And how does this impact the way you imagine the world?
Every year, Krishna devotees embark on the Braj Chaurasi Kos Yatra – the most devout undertaking this walk during the monsoons (Krishna was born on a night of torrential rain). This 252 km walk takes the yatri through Mathura, Gokul, Govardhan, Vrindavan, Barsana – pilgrimage sites associated with the life and events of Krishna.
For architect Rohan Shivkumar, this act of pilgrimage is akin to the drawing of a map, wherein the body is both pencil and paper. Krishna’s life gets mapped into the body of the devotee, and a particular understanding and connection to the world is created in the process. Architects, says Rohan, are trained in colonial/literal mapping – scaling the world onto an x, y, z graph. Seeing the pilgrimage as map opens out the possibility of including memory, desire and temporality into the architects’ engagement with space – and therefore into the way they build for people.
We are delighted to invite Rohan Shivkumar – architect, filmmaker, teacher – to Mumbai Local, to take us through Braj with visual documentation and maps created by his students. With him, we will explore the role maps play in our lives, helping us find bearing, giving us meaning and a role, and even helping us ground transcendence. And we will imagine how different mapping could give rise to different practice, affecting how architect’s build and what they build for.
Do join us on Sunday 12th April, for a fascinating journey through time, space and desire. If you love maps, mythology, architecture, Krishna specifically or walks through loved spaces generally, or even just wondering about how we receive the world in images, this Mumbai Local is for you!
Curated by Paromita Vohra
RSVP for this session begins on Monday, 6th April, 2020.
Rohan Shivkumar is an architect, urban designer and filmmaker practicing in Mumbai. He is the Dean of Research and Academic Development at the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies. His work ranges from architecture, interior design, urban research and consultancy projects to works in film and visual art. He is interested in issues concerning housing, public space and in exploring the many ways of reading and representing the city. Rohan is the co-editor of the publication on an interdisciplinary research and art collaboration- ‘Project Cinema City’. He also curates film programmes and writes on cinema, architecture and urban issues. He has also made films on art, architecture and urbanism including ’Nostalgia for the future’, ‘ Lovely Villa’ and ‘Squeeze Lime in Your Eye’. He is working on a book discussing approaches to the design of homes among young Indian architectural practices. Besides this, he has been part of many panel discussions and conferences discussing issues concerning architecture, pedagogy and the city of Mumbai.