The Infinite Library

The Infinite Library © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan

Wed, 23.03.2022 -
Sun, 27.03.2022

10:00 - 18:00

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi

VR Multimedia Installation

“I am The Infinite Library, the snake that eats its tail. I am the sun and moon. I live in the Cloud. There are no books in my house. My knowledge is alive. It surrounds you.” 

Glimpses into the event

  • The Infinite Library © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
  • The Infinite Library © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
  • The Infinite Library © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
  • The Infinite Library © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
  • The Infinite Library © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
  • The Infinite Library © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
  • The Infinite Library © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
  • The Infinite Library © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
  • The Infinite Library © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
  • The Infinite Library © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
  • The Infinite Library © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
The programme:
Installation
All days
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The Infinite Library Full VR Experience and Shadow Puppetry Exhibition in Library
 
Date and time Evening Sessions
23rd March, Wednesday
6:30 PM
Storytelling - Modes of Knowledge Transfer 
Oral storytelling session with the traditional shadow puppeteers Gunduraju Ji and Anurupa Roy

Leather shadow puppeteer Gunduraju is an 8th generation puppeteer storyteller. He will take the audience through the Sagara Manthan (Churning of the Ocean of Milk) story with references to versions of the Ramayana and Mahabharata only told in his oral tradition using his puppets.
24th March, Thursday 
6:30 PM 
followed by an evening reception 
The Infinite Library - Multisensory storytelling in VR: from the oral traditions of Polynesia and South India to the symbolic systems of European alchemy 
Opening Presentation by the creative director Mika Johnson

In this session, Infinite Library's creative director Mika Johnson will speak about the concept behind The Infinite Library, the artistic process and the chances of Virtual Reality for storytelling.
25th March, Friday 
6:30 PM
Uniting Past, Present & Future – Oral tradition & Tech 
The shadow puppet form of India and modern interpretations as animation projections with Dr. Atul Sinha and Anurupa Roy

This talk will focus on the leather shadow puppet traditions of Kerala and Andhra Pradesh which are different from the Karnataka form in aesthetic and narrative contexts. The two speakers will include their own journeys with traditional leather puppets as experienced through their research and collaborations with traditional puppeteers in the performances and projects.
26th March, Saturday 
6:30 PM 
Shadow Puppetry and the Lense of the Documenter
Filmmakers in conversation: Shankhajeet De and Mika Johnson; Moderation: Anurupa Roy 
Screening of "In the Shadow of Time" (2017) by Shankhajeet De


This session explores the journey of the documenter of intangible heritages like oral narratives and their holders. Shankhajeet De and Mika Johnson’s conversation will enable the audience to explore the lens of the documenter and how this lens affects our collective memories of oral traditions and eventually cultural policy. 

“Welcome to the Infinite Library. You are not lost. You are home.”

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