Mani Kaul

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‘Not looking through the camera’ is more of a metaphor than a technical device – the objective is that the camera must be freed from the eye. In [the] human body there is nothing more culturally trained than the eye. It can create instant organization out of any chaotic material and there lies the problem. The notion of order turns out to be nothing more than visual obsession. In Europe, in particular, from what I have known after living there for a decade, even hygiene on [the] street and in home is an equal visual issue; cleanliness is an absence of any random (chaotic) element in the imagined visual order. A speck on the floor can for some become a source of anxiety. No wonder the Indian scene must be a shocker to an average European. The question is if chaos can really be entirely wiped out of our existence so that we may live in some symmetrical peace. Tolerance of chaotic developments is not merely a hope for order. On the contrary, visual disruptions are ruptures that open our life to things beyond spatial order. They introduce us to duration (samaya), a pulsating presence of time.

Mani Kaul