Visual artist Sajid Wajid Shaikh’s multisensorial art exhibit ‘Amygdala Anomalies’ makes an impressive debut

Apr 05, 2018

The long weekend turned out to be the perfect setting for the inaugural viewing of ‘Amygdala Anomalies’, Sajid Wajid Shaikh’s second solo show.Developed over the course of three years, this project saw him giving shape to fourteen otherworldly creatures. Bringing them to life was a collaboration with fourteen musicians and sound designers who interpreted every character sonically, evoking their sounds, surroundings and state of existence.

True to its aim of pushing the envelope as far as the way art is experienced goes, the show left visitors surprised and awed in equal measure. As they walked into the exhibition space, they were greeted with a dark, empty zone with fourteen black monoliths, each featuring a creature. With headphones and a website link provided at the entrance, they could walk around the entire space, from one monolith to the other, and explore the sounds created for each of them. Adding to the entire ambience were three live performances by Lawntuba, Riatsu x Neil Gomes and Cowboy and Sailor Man.

As per Sajid, “I wanted to create a space where people could confront the two strongest emotions they experience whenever they came across the unseen, unheard and unknown: fear and fascination. I’m really happy that the visuals, sounds and ambience came together nicely to evoke that conflicting state of mind. And the response has been nothing short of phenomenal. A lot of visitors suggested that I take the show to other cities as well so more people could experience it. It was extremely encouraging and humbling at the same time.” The three-day exhibition was hosted at Lab Studio, Lower Parel.

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