The Indian Defense, 2021
Katja Stuke / Oliver Sieber
Through their work “The Indian Defense” (2021), visual artists Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber open a new chapter of their ongoing project “La cartographie dynamique” (“The dynamic cartography”), which can be described as an associative map that brings to light relations between geographically dispersed places and sites. This new chapter leads to Chennai, a metropolis that had already interested them before they were invited to participate in CPB3, because of its position in the global trade network which forms a strong narrative in their cartography. Due to the pandemic and its restrictions of travel, Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber could not visit Chennai themselves but explored the city through different visual sources. One of these sources were the photographs taken by members of the CPB team showing junctions in different areas of the city. Alongside photographs of junctions in the German city of Duisburg, these photographs were later transformed into a virtual maze built in Mozilla Hubs, thus addressing questions of the roles of photographic images in processes of gaining and shaping spatial and geographical knowledge.
Katja Stuke, Oliver Sieber, The Indian Defense, one-channel video, 5:23 min, music by Axel Ganz