Ranu Mukherje is a contemporary artist who focuses on the idea of the nomadic person. She currently lives in San Francisco, California.
"Ranu Mukherjee is a multi-disciplinary artist making hybrid films, works on paper and collaborative projects. Her recent work focuses on processes of creolization, the figure of the nomad, speculative narratives and the visual and political history of 19th century Indian lithographs.She generally refers to encounters with embodiment, ecology, the science-fictional and the unknown, exploring narrative excess and material conditions brought on by global capitalism. Ranu co-created the collaborative artist orphan drift in London in the 1990’s. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and screenings internationally. She is represented by Frey Norris Contemporary and Modern. Ranu has 5 year old triplets and is growing tentacles."
Mukherjee received her M.F.A. from the Royal College of Art, Painting Department, London, and her B.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. In 2010 she was a featured artist in Noma gallery’s Videohole and received a Kala Fellowship Award.
Saturday Night Live : House Sitting
This sketch makes me laugh so much.
Back to Our Roots: Reconsidering the American Dream
The typical American suburban home, is an outmoded model. It’s time to build new blueprints for a more sustainable lifestyle blurring the lines between public and private space, and revising the way we view domestic architecture. Our opportunity for prosperity and success become stifled when we tie the ideas of stability and permanence together. Several contemporary artists and architects have used a variety of methods to present innovative perspectives on one of our basic needs, shelter. The commonality that these contemporary practitioners share is an interest in challenging the status quo and presenting new ideas on how we can live. Andrea Zittel, who is most well known for her sculptural and installation-based living units, LOT/EK, who designed mobile living units from repurposed shipping containers and Matthew Weddington, who attempted to live outside in a cardboard refrigerator box for 30 days in downtown Chicago; these ways of working are only three examples of various approaches to exploring these ideas. Their work brings to question what our society considers necessity and success while suggesting mobility as one answer. Zittel, LOT/EK and Weddington all argue that a nomadic lifestyle brings us more freedom, which in turn, brings us closer to the traditional definition of the American Dream. In an increasingly mobile society, where technology is making everything smaller and more compact, we still aim to reside in spacious permanent structures.
-Cory Imig (This is an abstract for an essay yet to be written)
Photo: Andrea Zittel http://www.zittel.org/
This is the ideal way to deal with the space in my car. #athomewithoutahome