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Set Point

The multi-talented duo Thukral & Tagra, known for their stints in art, sculpture, installations, game theory and design, unraveled their latest venture Set Point

Present Continous

A film capturing the daily hustle of the city, being projected straight onto the dome.

Lullament

The track plays host to the Lullament, a kinetic piece of art, based on the rushing to and fro motion of ping pong balls.

Blast into the sky of many directions

Ping pong balls used to portray the founding members of forms like institutions, religious beliefs, families, thoughts, or just well arranged clusters of balls.

Monuments of Time

A ping pong table imagined as an arena, takes the centre stage, while 21 paintings depicting the mathematical interpretation of the prophecies and characteristics of Kalki adorn the walls.

The idea of Dharma

“The very character of a ball is like an unsettled being, unresting and ever-moving and evolving. Each ball sits tightly with the other holding themselves through a belief.”

an expression by ping pong

The designers set the scene such that the dome plays the cosmos, taking the audience on an ethereal journey through time.

Excerpts from the Mythological Induction

The complex minimalistic exhibit communicates the The Dark Age in time, space, awareness, perception, desire and action.

More excerpts from the Mythological Induction

Set Point takes on a theme of mythology in modern context.

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News 09 Feb 2018

Set Point. Thukral and Tagra’s present day “Dark Age” as told by math equations and ping pong balls

Growing up we read and listened to endless bedtime tales surrounding various mythologies, folklore and anecdotes. But once we actually do grow up, we start to forget these grandma-stories as we call them, because how relevant are they really to our day and age? Designers Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra express exactly that in Set Point, their take on the idea of Indian mythology, by rejuvenating the narratives and symbols.

The multi-talented duo Thukral & Tagra, known for their stints in art, sculpture, installations, game theory and design, unraveled their latest venture Set Point, in NGMA, Mumbai in late 2017. A sequel to their earlier exhibition – Play Pray, at the Bikaner House, New Delhi –  Set Point takes on a similar theme of mythology in modern context. The latter also retains the use of ping pong balls as the primary medium, the secondary being the thoughts provoked.  

Set Point

The multi-talented duo Thukral & Tagra, known for their stints in art, sculpture, installations, game theory and design, unraveled their latest venture Set Point

Setting the exhibit inside of NGMA’s large dome aligned the intention of the installation and defined it further. The designers set the scene such that the dome plays the cosmos, taking the audience on an ethereal journey through time. Other characters that also come into play are the tracks and a net. The track is arranged to exhibit the “march of time”. Marked with dotted lines, the track resembles a race track, or infinite concentric circles of a mathematical configuration. The net plays a spurious construct of time. 

an expression by ping pong

The designers set the scene such that the dome plays the cosmos, taking the audience on an ethereal journey through time.

 
Blast into the sky of many directions

Ping pong balls used to portray the founding members of forms like institutions, religious beliefs, families, thoughts, or just well arranged clusters of balls.

As one walks around the exhibit, experiencing the various concoctions of art, mythology and time, the dome, the net and the tracks tie the entire act together through the underlying narrative of a ceremony or a ritual. The five key elements that comprise Set Point are Present Continous, Lullament, Mythological Induction, Blast into the sky of many directions and Monuments of Time. 

The idea of Dharma

“The very character of a ball is like an unsettled being, unresting and ever-moving and evolving. Each ball sits tightly with the other holding themselves through a belief.”

“‘Lullaments’ sustain the spirit, support psychological structure, and enable resilience during times of vulnerability to the effects of adversity. This continuous wave in time suspends this exercise in a limbo.”

Walking into the magnificence of the dome, the first constituent to catch one’s attention is the Present Continous, a film capturing the daily hustle of the city, being projected straight onto the dome. Played continuously in a loop, it maintains a cycle, eliminating the need for a start point or an end. A ping pong ball ricochets vertically in the centre of the screen, mimicking the notions of time and one’s – often redundant – need to balance it in order to live our days. 

Present Continous

A film capturing the daily hustle of the city, being projected straight onto the dome.

The track plays host to the Lullament, a kinetic piece of art, based on the rushing to and fro motion of ping pong balls, caused by the force created by fans on either sides of the track. The motion is said to cause anxiety, as well as pleasure, while the dull humming of the fans provide for a lullaby. “‘Lullaments’ sustain the spirit, support psychological structure, and enable resilience during times of vulnerability to the effects of adversity. This continuous wave in time suspends this exercise in a limbo,” the designers explain. 

Lullament

The track plays host to the Lullament, a kinetic piece of art, based on the rushing to and fro motion of ping pong balls.

A ping pong table imagined as an arena, takes the centre stage, while 21 paintings depicting the mathematical interpretation of the prophecies and characteristics of Kalki adorn the walls. “The very character of a ball is like an unsettled being, unresting and ever-moving and evolving. Each ball sits tightly with the other holding themselves through a belief,” say the duo elaborating on the decision to use ping pong balls to portray the founding members of forms like institutions, religious beliefs, families, thoughts, or just well arranged clusters of balls. 

Monuments of Time

A ping pong table imagined as an arena, takes the centre stage, while 21 paintings depicting the mathematical interpretation of the prophecies and characteristics of Kalki adorn the walls.

 
Excerpts from the Mythological Induction

The complex minimalistic exhibit communicates the The Dark Age in time, space, awareness, perception, desire and action.

The complex minimalistic exhibit communicates the The Dark Age in time, space, awareness, perception, desire and action. The idea of Dharma, as expressed by ping pong balls; or so it seems. 

More excerpts from the Mythological Induction

Set Point takes on a theme of mythology in modern context.

To see for yourself, visit the NGMA, Mumbai before the 15th of February 2018. If you missed it, you can always catch up on their work and upcoming exhibits on their website.