MidDay: What Isolation Sounds Like

Posted On: Friday, April 10th, 2020 | by project88pressadmin

In a new project, video artist Pallavi Paul invites people to capture their experience of self-quarantining via 10-second audio recordings.

By Darleen Ramos

Paul's past work at Sunaparanta titled Far Too Close

Paul’s past work at Sunaparanta titled Far Too Close

The Janata Curfew announced on Sunday, March 22, didn’t only ensure that the sounds of taalis, thaalis and conch shells pierced through every ear but also had many break the rules of social distancing — the need of the hour — to take to the streets. “Rather than this display of public spirit, some of us felt that other questions needed to be raised. Not everyone was out in their balconies and not everyone has a balcony. We found ourselves retreating into a certain kind of quietude,” shares Pallavi Paul. While social media was occupied with the same, resounding sound levels, Paul started thinking about ways of measuring silence.

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