Shubhi Pandey, make x [do + up] [×]
What is the 'how' of movement─ the anatomy of change and how are action and motion experienced by the body in everyday urban life?
The year’s work largely investigates what is the how of movement─ the anatomy of change and how are action and motion experienced by the body in everyday urban life?
“Lively, diverse, intense cities contain the seeds of their own regeneration” 
make x [do + up] is a speculative concept of the interior of a train that offers endless possibilities. The initiative encourages people to action their ideas and ‘make do’ with what is present, now, to ‘make up’ their own journey.
Using the concepts of dance as the main technique, the approach involves learning, [re]learning, [un]learning and [re]inflecting an observation and, eventually a practice. The space of the body, kinaesthetic empathy and improvisation are key concepts of dance as a practice and are employed throughout the weekly explorations to understand the motion and interpretations in depth. The explorations examine how the intricate intertwining of perception, action and coexistence can promote a more creative, interactive, and empathetic community.
The issue of social isolation in the urban landscape is especially relevant to our current climate, where cities are implementing new ways to restore vibrancy and culture. The research bounces off Jane Jacobs’ ideology to unwind the tight grip on a predictable and automated form of city planning. Human beings are dynamic and thrive in organically formed environments that provide for their individual and collective narrative. The aim is to combat unconscious duplication and order in urban spaces by heightening the experience of a daily activity and producing an embodied action.
make x [do + up] provides a set of tools to enable adaptation, assemblage, and performance of a daily task to expand our understanding of a temporary, ever-changing space. It develops an ecosystem within a train that empowers passengers to choreograph their own chaotic and vibrant lives into the journey, while having to change their perspective, constantly, to coaction with other diverse personalities.
- Jacobs, J 1961, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Penguin, New York.