Hati is one of a series of works exploring the idea of infrasonic (i.e. below the range of human hearing) communication between elephants, and the presence of this unheard phenomenon in the world around us. These 2 pieces (exhibited for the first time at the Surrey Art Gallery in Surrey, BC) allude to the rest of the cycle of work in which the Hindu elephant headed god Ganesh begins to make his presence felt as a character in this exploration of elephants and the unseen. In essence, Hati as it is exhibited here is a prelude to a larger assemblage of works that are in development, an assemblage that conflates the worlds of sound, of Hindu myth, of the role of technology (one of Ganesh’s many roles in Hindu legend was that of the scribe of the Hindu epic Mahabharata) and how Sinha uses these sources to playfully re-imagine his south Asian cultural heritage in light of his own experience.
The audio for this documentation was recorded live in the Surrey Art Gallery by Phil Strong. Photos by Phil Strong and the Surrey Art Gallery.