Shabari Rao
Bindhumalini Narayanswamy
Manush John
Navya Sah


March 25th-26th, 2023

Open Invitation – An Exploration of Deep time and conscious Listening

If Deep Time is a frame to understand scales of time that are beyond human experience and history, then rocks are the witness to Deep Time.

The Project

Open Invitation Collective is a group of artists who share similar concerns around ecology, the environment and how we inhabit our planet. After a year-long research process we are excited to share the research process and art works where we explore geological time, ancient landscape, and human presence through conscious listening. The art works that we have created are contemplative, immersive, and experiential.
This project has been supported by SONIC MATTER, Switzerland and SWISSNEX, India

Singing Body
Live Performance

This is an improvisational performance score that brings movement and sound together
through the common modality of breath. It explores a meditative, mindful, contemplative
journey through movement and stillness, sound and silence that unfolds from a place of
conscious listening.

Across Deep Time
Sound album

Exploring immersive soundscapes that play with space and presence, this album seeks to
capture the sonic texture of the landscape through eco-acoustic experiments.
Reading the landscape

Experimental Film

The film visually explores the relationship of the human form to the landscape and pays attention to time, both human and geological. The film evokes a sense of expanse and immersion.

Geological Talk

If deep time is a frame to understand scales of time that are beyond human experience and history, then rocks are the witness to deep time. This talk will open up some ideas around our current understanding of deep time as captured by these rocks and a geological approach to reading the
landscape around us.
The People

Shabari Rao (lead research artist) is an artist and educator whose work is grounded in practice based research. Her primary interest is in the question: what counts as knowledge and how is the body involved in creating it?

Bindhumalini Narayanswamy (collaborating artist) is a singer and composer interested in exploring and expressing the soul stirring power of music and silence.

Manush John (collaborating artist) is an artist and filmmaker who is interested in critically looking at human systems and knowledge creation in the context of impending environmental catastrophe.

Navya Sah (collaborating artist) is an Indian multidisciplinary artist who works in the realms of sound, film, movement and writing. Her work studies emotional responses on the politics of power and love. She likes the quiet.

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