Allied Studies, Apurva Talpade

The Scribe and The Labyrinth

Developing artistic documentary practices around the critical everyday

Sanika Kedar

In an attempt to produce "yourself", the self that emerges is the suppressed self, who is able to wear your skin in ways that you would like to, had patriarchal presences not been such a large part of your everyday.

These are separated into the three categories that we spoke of and the series or the archive is these nine drawings that examine the collisions between the lived self and the suppressed self.

Eesha Pethe

The everyday archive continues an existing practice of using post it notes as reminders and lists, but also as an expression of an intimate inner life. It is a transient, delicate material, but its very transience allows it to take over several wall and build a landscape on the wall that may continuously be in flux. Also, the very everydayness of the medium is harnessed to this end.

On the wall, multiple aspects are able to work together - from relationships, to your notes that are prompts, to your spaces/places/faces to build a portrait of yourself that is about your friendships and familial bonds, your desires and interests, and a very clear sense of the self that you wish to create/become.

Prishita Kulkarni

This is a very intense documentation whose evolution is very clear across the four weeks. The aesthetic is something that you have come into on your own and the everyday is now something that includes your own rituals of the self, your sense of self, your relationships and spaces, your social positions and opinions.

This has developed quite naturally from your tendency towards producing the everyday for an audience and the fact that you consider it part of a reflective long duree process is something that will only add to the depth of the work as it keeps evolving over time.

Bindiya Waghela

The home is the space where multiple identities and opinions and conflicts play out regularly. The archive documents these conversations, and an evolution of the conversations highlights the tensions and power structures that are present.

The form that the process takes is to present the home as a stage where one may follow the characters solely through their very particular speech and the overlap between the lived space and the overheard is able to draw out a picture of a complex household.

Neel Shah

The material world is seen as a landscape of associations where objects, surfaces, colours are all triggers that take you to very specific and very personal memories. There is a sense of disassociation from the domestic in the way in which you've made space for yourself in the house and surrounded yourself with the things that have very particular and very personal meanings for you.

The website / PowerPoint allows you to use the idea of the objects as portals and take us from the space of the house to a sense of being actively present in your memories because they are animated as GIFs (for the most part)

Paulomi Joshi

The archive lies across multiple documentary practices of collecting sound, writing notes, drawing dreams; all of which are connected by a love for the sublime and soft everyday. Each individual practice has a tendency towards noticing atmosphere and detail, and often hinge on small non events that have changed the course of the day in their happening.

The app allows you to treat this softness as data, which results in its reorganization across all this diverse media to almost measure these poetic intensities across your system of tags and references.

Maitreyee Rele

The archive is an existing archive because the self is described as embodied through the objects that it surrounds itself with. This particular self (your particular self) is conscious of its identity and desires autonomy over how it is represented and how it is received.

In the production of this identity, objects are then exhumed from various shelves and drawers and become versions of you that are layered and are able to create a play with the overlaps of scale and material and texture. Many many narratives emerge in this way.

Sarah Lukhadia

The idea of chaos is something that you internalise perhaps as a form of resistance to the structures around you. What the practice allows you to do is imagine the chaos as a character that you cohabit with, which lets you playfully feign innocence to your own tendencies. The video then describes an alternate everyday where the objects of your living conspire to upset the rigidity of our daily practices.

Janhavi Naik

As an inheritor of a sense of thrift from your grandmother, your archive in a way starts with her and her collection of scraps and stray material. This is also something that connects you and the journal is a space where the material of this collection comes together to make meaning. The subject matter, even though it is almost always about relationships and longings, is also very much about atmospheres. Therefore, the produced archive uses several forms at the same time - that of the gif to show its embeddedness in time, the picture to clearly frame the collage, and the large landscape where all the material collapses.


There is a long process of engagement with the trope of the scribe, where you are almost a fly on the wall and record the world as you receive it aurally (through the ears). Therefore, the world gets described in conversations, lectures, overheard dialogues, etc etc.

The video looks to talk about two things:

1. The scale of the archive, which is something that has existed before this course, but only slightly shifted its lens within this course.

2. The idea of the narrative of the passive observer who is somehow also a participant who will tell us about the everyday through the sound of her voice, because the video does not allow us to look at the text very closely.

Mayuri Mistry

The journal uses the sense of discipline and organisation to bracket experiences and tasks into a form of commodified data. This is explored in several forms across the breadth of the journal, in charts and diagrams and they unearth smaller ways in which control is exercised in your life. Even in the journal, there are annotations that are made that have nothing to do with the tasks, the ones where you speak of classmates and various other events.

On the large board, the visual form of the commodified data becomes an important part of it. The chaos of connections that you make across these days and events and relationships describe a more amorphous everyday that is not easy to put into a single slot or be seen as a task.


In describing the routine of various family members, the idea of the oppression of the routine, especially of the prescribed routine, is subverted.

The form of these collected routines references 'the ideal boy' (aadarsh balak) posters and the military precision of those actions is transformed into soft expressions of the lived everyday (brushing your teeth, positions that you assume while sleeping, etc etc)

Aboli Rithe

The everyday is essentially about the escape. The physical world is unable to contain you and you frequently disappear into the daydream where you revisit certain times, occupy other bodies, see things from different vantages, there are several other lives that are lived at multiple moments in the day.

The podcast is an attempt to simultaneously produce and archive the changing terrain of this fluid reality.

Anupreksha Bakliwal

The archive starts from a memory book where you collect scraps and residue that are connected to specific events that have a certain significance in your life. The question then asked is, what if the mundane everyday were to be treated as significant? What are the scraps that you would collect? What are the traces of the events? How do you preserve the residue in order to make precious what is otherwise tedious and dull? What are the landscapes that emerge from this collection?

Ritu Naik

The relationship with the sky, the comfort and the solace that it provides, and the way in which it becomes a canvas and container for conversations with yourself unearths a desire for independence and emancipation from domestic structures.

The material, when presented together, has an idea of how the two things - the sky and the thoughts - are interlinked and woven together. The godhadi is similarly evocative of comfort and softness and therefore becomes a material backing on which you experiment with the idea of the weave linking all these skyscapes together.

Saloni Soni

The archive is a collection of the rituals of the everyday - routines that are sacred, that are often invisible but whose performance is essential. These become a vital part of the nature of your relationships with these people and you start identifying spaces, objects and times of day with their occurrence. They may be rituals of religion, rituals of compassion or rituals of superstition, but they all open up the idea of the traces that people leave and the way in which we draw our associations with them.

Abhinav Pahade

The archive starts as a collection of playlists, as something that defines waking life. The routines of everyday life may be cyclical, but the playlists become associations with unique everydays that connect with the speeds and slownesses in all activities.

The video uses the idea of the cyclical nature of the day, but the playlist is now merged into an ambient sound that is incessant and mixed with sounds outside like the cards, classes, etc etc to become an infinite soundscape.

Raksha Srivastava

The archive is a collection of configurations that detect, through a sense of movement, the lived practices of the people of the household. The spaces that they occupy, the objects that are most near them, the hours that they keep in particular places, all these are opened up in the chart. This allows you to ultimately speak in very clear terms about hierarchies and responsibilities through the lens of the routine.

Radhika Choksi

Fiction becomes a tool for you to process those parts of the world that you may not be able to assess critically from your position at any given point. The work uses provocations from daily living, from comforts to conflicts and landscapes to habitations and uses loose forms to describe relationships with these things.

The work is contained in a journal / notebook and bound by the days in which it is noted. The manuscript as a form processes certain themes from within this larger journal in order to produce a book about the everyday as described by various fictitious accounts.