EVERYDAY STORIES is a section for one-min videos from YOUR street, YOUR neighbourhood! In his book 'Ways of Seeing' John Berger says "The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we see the sunset. We know that the earth is turning away from it. Yet the knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight." In the context of the Indian street corner, we SEE "chaos", we KNOW that some of it are "culture" - the chai stall, the roadside shrine, the tree worship, the collective newspaper reading, the banana leaf seller during Sankranti. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.
Everyday Stories are a set of films depicting simple observations about public space-related activities. These are activities that many of us have observed or sometimes engaged in ourselves and yet paid little attention to them. If each of us contributes a one-min film taken with one's phone camera, perhaps, we can work towards a collective sense-making.
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A Walk Around the Corner
A Walk Around the Corner is a set of films depicting simple observations about everyday activities that many of us have observed or engaged in ourselves and yet paid little attention to.
Small, Public Space
A Small, Public Space is a set of films about open spaces along our streets which we may use or pass by everyday and the activities happening in and around these spaces.
This section houses contributions by citizens talking about the different activities and situations they have observed in our streets and public spaces.
What Can I Contribute
Why do people so enjoy ‘street as public space’? Share YOUR stories & thoughts with us!
Your observations at the local chai vendor or panipuri vendor around the corner. Tell us the story of your morning walk and what you experience every day. Or the story of how the shade of a tree became that anchor for social interactions in your neighbourhood. Where have you paused for some quick shopping or to meet friends? If you have an interesting story to tell, you can simply capture a quick video [in the landscape format] and share it with others here! These videos can either be edited or raw videos that are one-minute-long walkthroughs of a street or public space.
Share stories of your neighbourhood with a description capturing the everyday activities (like social, cultural, religious, economic etc), the different user groups (children, teenagers, elderly, women, men, vendors, passersby etc.), and any interesting occasional activities (like a festival, celebration etc) that happen in this public space, landmarks in the neighbourhood, memories associated with the space (individual and collective memories), any historically significant incident or story of the development of the place, transformation of space throughout the day or around the year.
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