When the stone walls of Pune’s historic monument Shaniwarwada transformed into a gigantic canvas for the colourful artistic expression of the Berlin-based video-mapping artist Philipp Geist, Puneites were left awe-struck at the magic of light and colours unfolding in front of their eyes.
This Diwali, along with the traditional lamps, lanterns and firecrackers, the city of Pune witnessed an out of this world celebration of light.
The beloved monument of the city was adorned with numerous light installations in the show designed by Geist. Arranged to celebrate the spirit of Diwali, the show made use of several historical as well as traditional symbols like lamps, elephants, flowers, and even graffiti in Devnagari. There was live music arrangement by DJ Ma Faiza, accompanied by Sandeep Vasishta on flute and saxophone.
The project was a part of an initiative by the Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan and the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC); the aim was to create awareness among people to look at public spaces as lively cultural spaces.
Video-mapping, also known as projection mapping, is a technology used to turn objects into a display surface for video projection. Geist has earlier worked on similar projects in Iran, Bangladesh and Brazil. The artist, who had done a show in New Delhi in 2011 at the Lotus Temple, visited India for the second time for the Pune show.
Here’s a glimpse of the show for those who couldn’t witness it themselves.