The Urban Loop
Rounds per minute, is a digital exhibit presented as the centerpiece of Alchemy 2016, held at the Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall. Conceptually the exhibit is drawn from the charged urban environment and its poetic interpretation by Pakistani creatives; including musicians, bands, producers, designers, illustrators and journalists.
I was asked to interpret this brief of making a motion-piece that runs on large-scale screens at the exhibit as I saw fit, and I decided to making a looping video piece that shows the progression of my city Lahore from day to night. The illustration of the cityscape subtly changes over the course of the animation, and I wanted an unsuspecting viewer to be surprised to find something new whenever the piece is viewed.
The subject of my work is Lahore’s famous food street in Anarkali with its renovated ancient buildings and plethora of food choices. This is a unique urban space where you find people of all religions, genders and classes socializing over their food and the Pakistani staple: a hot cup of tea. As you dig into the history of this land, you are transported to the mythologies and histories of kings and conquerors, saints and women warriors- and you realize that the city’s very nature makes our collective identity both fluid and inclusive. Are we truly seeing the magic that our city holds as we walk down its streets?