The transit lounge is the archetypal transit space, the point where the hyper-global + hyper-local coincide; a location which blurs traditional conceptions of geo-political boundaries, creating pockets of international space within the borders of individual nation-states. An in-between space, it exists relative to a fixed departure and arrival point, not to the area that surrounds it.

The Transit Lounge is a series of overlapping residencies for Australian and German artists and architects in Berlin. It is also a blog where themes relating to the project will develop, collaborations will be initiated and sustained, and observations on the city collected. The Transit Lounge invites you to participate in these transnational conversations by commenting on the blog.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Ahmedabad

After nearly two weeks in India, I arrived in Ahmedabad, Gujarat this morning.
Now I'm sitting in "Super Cyber Cafe." In between replying to emails and keeping abreast of Transit Lounge blog posts, I keep looking at the wall next to the computer.
It looks like any wall, scuffed and discoloured, covered with torn remnants of once important notices.
It's the hand-written URLs that keep distracting me: nextdoornikki.com, lovetgp.com, xxxdessert.com, to name a few. It seems that Internet pornography isn't just an escape for white, middle-class teenagers and their parents.
Thoughts of global connections are racing around in my head, as I try very hard to reconcile all the feelings I have about my experiences in India in an effort to frame them in relation to my upcoming stint at Transit Lounge.
I am observing first-hand the informalist architecture and way of life that Hugo writes of, and at this stage I am attempting to balance the sensation of being an ignorant outsider, while focusing towards making artwork that may or may not address what I have seen and done here.
I am interested in other people's thoughts about how they approached/are thinking of approaching making work at Transit Lounge.
Right now I feel that my ponderous state of mind can only be grounded through physical interaction and presence in Berlin.
Like printing out emails to better understand them. Is that old-fashioned?

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