Notes from Shifting Anchors: Floating Memories

This project is about exploring the transforming relationship of a river and a city in relationship to Brahmaputra and Guwahati.This is a research and documentation based interactive project will try to locate the different forms of economic and cultural transactions that happen with the river Brahmaputra as a host, and in the floating space between labour and economy, migration and identity, industry and culture in relation to the stranded ferries of Brahmaputra and the life on the river bank.

In this respect a LIVE CAMP called THE ANCHOR HOUSE will be set up on the ferry to host interactive tea ADDA to participate on the everyday life on the ferry and the river bank and reflect upon the different layers in which the river exists in the everyday life of the people of Assam in general and Guwahati in particular. Moreover the Anchor House will be extended as a possible web page in the form of an ANCHOR which will be comprised of photographs of anchors from the different ferry that are functioning or stranded on the bank of Brahmaputra. These photographs can be replaced by private documents of memories of the transforming cityscape of Guwahati and the river Brahmaputra.

The Anchor House can become the site for a possible interactive space in future for hosting memories of different kinds of human applications both social, cultural, and technological that is in the state of transition.

Finally it will also focus on the notion of life and in relation to the temporary existence of the Dhobis on the bank of Brahmaputra and the stranded workers of the steamers on the bank of Brahmaputra.

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