clemence b.t.d. barret for Jaaga Juice Collective
an autoportrait of Jaaga - video, sound, a mirror.
part of the exhibition of video self portraits "I am here" curated by Lina Vincent.
Jaaga, Bangalore, India.
Inspite of its heterogenous components, Jaaga has a uniqueness due to its personnality: Non judgemental, it is in search for an alter modernity. happy and warm, it is longing for re-inventing a creative, common world made by local as well as global exchanges. Welcoming, open to the world and to others its personality has multiple facets. During its two years of existence, its identity has proven to be in perpetual motion. For now this public figure can only define itself through the emotions, feelings, activities and behaviors of the amorphous community it has created. Like a teenager who had recently witnessed a sudden growth "crisis" Jaaga is now examining its new multiple self as it begins a new phase in a new location.
The dispositive: A mirror with sound. In it the slightly deformed reflection of Jaaga's internal space. It is the reflection of the live image and sound captured by a web cam installed in the heart of the Jaaga Living Building. Constantly taking in, framing and projecting back the images and sounds of the people who work, live and engage in its body. This constant video and sound flow reflected in the mirror, this "mise en abime", bears witness to the daily life of Jaaga and by doing so, extends Jaaga's intrisic self - its ever-evolving identity of permanent flux.