‘Behind White Storeys‘ was conceptualised by Geetanjali as her Major Project in Year 2 of the MA Narrative Environments course at Central Saint Martins, London and won the Knight Frank award for the best Spatial design project in the course.
The project was developed over an year and took place within an 84 year old heritage structure – Connaught Place, New Delhi questioning government’s strategies to preserve India’s architectural heritage which currently only looks at preserving the exterior facades of built structures. In the case of Connaught Place there was valuable intangible heritage in the form of traditional knowledge, skills, oral histories, and social practices within Middle Circle which needed equal attention in terms of its preservation but often left ignored.
One ordinary evening of 26th March, 2017, Behind White Storeys showcased poetic narratives on various aspects of Middle Circle in the form of an audio- visual night walk, where 40 participants were taken through a series of hidden staircases, courtyards engaging with site specific installations which gave them an opportunity to reconstruct Middle Circle’s identity in their memories forever.
Event Route and Installation Planning :
Special Thanks to :
Patricia Austin (Course Leader), Saurabh Suryan, (Photographs)
Anushi Garg + Arunima Agarwal (Research), Juhi Saklani (Content Writing), Anshul Kapoor (Videography), Shreya Poddar Tanna (Content Editing)
Top Photograph By : Sanjay Sekhri (Hindustan Times)