Untitled Sea Project

(40x12 feet — Project yet to be actualized)

VFX model of the installation

The concept began with the need to describe a momentary ethereality, which will soon fade away. Through all my work, I attempt to capture these moments, these lapses before I lose sight of them.

“And the day approaches when, closing the last book on the last shelf on the far left, he will say to himself: and now what?”

Instances such as the former, in, ‘Nausea’, where Sartre astounds me with thoughts that resonate within me, as though they were happening to me. Through my practice I wish to create several sites of immersion, wherein the viewer would encounter their world, filtered through the emotions and thoughts that arise while encountering the spaces.


For this installation, I wish to recreate the sea. The dimensions of this installation would be 40 feet by 12 feet. The waves of the sea would travel and end at the feet of the viewer, wherever they will stand. As the viewer steps ahead the sea will continually recede, as in the waves would constantly flow but the level on which they end would be just before the viewers feet. Hence the viewer would never be able to step into the sea. Through this installation I wish to express a yearning that doesn’t hold true, that cannot be fulfilled. The sea for me holds the intensity and a magnitude, which is only felt when in its presence.

Delving into the self, creating a space, through which, only one person can enter and experience the work at a time, as the expanse and the magnitude of the sea will only be felt then.

The idea of immersion interests me as it blurs the boundary between the viewer and the installation. By adding the water in its physical and elemental presence the experience becomes more tangible and real. Placing the sea in a contained space, a box also addresses the idea of power and control and highlights the negotiation of the fluid boundary between land and sea.

The Experience

VFX visualization of the experience

I am interested in how the obscurity of time and space can be encountered. Creating a space of “heterotopia” , I wish to create sea in an indoor space, where the viewer would not expect to see waves coming towards them. Breaking the binary of an indoor/ outdoor space I wish to be able to create a sensory experience with the water, light and sound. Halogen lights directed on the water, will create reflections on the surfaces of the room, advancing and receding with the ocean waves. Where the reflections will reiterate the movement of the sea.

Demo image – reflections on the sides

The color of the light will be like natural light hence will look like reflections of the sun. The effervescent quality of the sea will be mirrored around it, making this a unique experience from how the sea is normally encountered.

The sound of the waves will be played to further heighten the experience of viewing the installation and being with the installation.

Technology

The technology involves the use of a variable discharge pump that would be controlled by a VFD (Variable Fixed drive).
As the viewer walks in the infrared sensors, which would be mounted on the pathway would signal the VFD and hence control the rotation of the motor and the functioning of the pump.

After meeting several engineers and seeking guidance from numerous professionals in the field, I came across Mr. Ravi Dev the founder of the company Ideas in Motion, which is into design, manufacture and commissioning of themed and custom recreational rides and attractions. He would be mentoring me and designing the technology involved.

Prototype – with a manual mechanism

The process so far

The prototype was made in collaboration with an engineer Sivakrishna from Midas Institute in Pune. We worked on the civil and mechanical part and created the prototype that was 5 feet by 2 feet in dimensions with a manual mechanism. This would later be changed into a motorized mechanism.


  1. Sartre, Jean-Paul, Robert Baldick, and James Wood. 2000. Nausea. London: Penguin Books.
  2. Foucault, Michel, and Jay Miskowiec. "Of Other Spaces". Diacritics 16.1 (1986): 22. Web.
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