PRINT December 2006

Nina Möntmann

AT THE KABUTARKHANA intersection, a major traffic nexus in Mumbai, thousands of lights sparkle on buildings silhouetted against the night sky. These strings of lights, the kind normally used for festivals and weddings, are everywhere at the crossing, illuminating the General Post Office (a glorious example of Mumbai’s Indo-Saracenic architecture) and adjacent stores and restaurants, draped over trees and across streets, blinking on and off. But while these lights might look like the trappings of an extravagant civic celebration, they actually comprise artist Ashok Sukumaran’s Glow Positioning System (GPS), 2005. Using a software-controlling hand crank that, when turned by pedestrians, powers the lights, Sukumaran (who presented his work this year at the first Singapore Biennale) has transformed the busy thoroughfare into a fantastic panorama—and indeed, into a kind of beacon for a

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