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Nalini Malani, George Orwell Once Said, 2018, iPad animation, color, sound, 30 seconds.

Nalini Malani, George Orwell Once Said, 2018, iPad animation, color, sound, 30 seconds.

Nalini Malani

Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan

Nalini Malani’s animated Instagram posts are peopled with frenetic figures conjured up on her iPad. More than fifty of these, part of the series “Notebooks,” 2018–, were catapulted from the intimacy of a handheld device onto eleven large projections in the gallery space at the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan. Malani has had a long and productive association with the institut where in 1993 she staged her collaborative project with the actress Alaknanda Samarth, Medeamaterial. Malani’s recent exhibition “Can You Hear Me?” was conceived to mark the institution’s fiftieth anniversary.

To make these graffiti-like digital renderings, the artist uses the tip of her finger, reveling in the immediacy and erotic sensations that mark-making by hand offers. A sense of nervous energy pulsates through the frames, shooting through her scribbles and jerky handwritten notations. Malani refers to her

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