Mega-Delhi Sublime is a short film and installation documenting the changing landscape of New Delhi from the vantage point of one of the city’s most notorious and contentious slums: the Colony of Wooden Dolls, populated by three generations of India’s tribal performance artists. Thoroughly researched and shot over six months spanning two years, Mega-Delhi Sublime is a portrait of this radically endemic culture and an evocation of the strange, poetic static crackling through the capital of the world’s largest democracy. Mega-Delhi Sublime is the first installment of the ongoing project Ultra-Local Sublime, a cross-platform investigative approach for capturing geographic sites that are at critical points of change in their history and ecology. Ultra-Local Sublime is being developed as a modular “tool” for curating and interpreting a variety of geographic sites that all share themes of decay, preservation and development (from natural to urban or urban to natural), or represent points of contention. All sites resonate with as many intangible attributes as they do tangible, so this exercise is an attempt to curate the metaphysical as much as the physical details of a space and, in this way, capture some semblance of its endemic character as it transforms.
Chris M. Green is an interactive exhibit designer and puppeteer. His theatrical and installation works have been presented over the past 14 years in venues including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Peabody Essex Museum, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Lincoln Center, among others. Since 2005, his design collective, Chris Green Kinetics, has received awards of excellence from the American Association of Museums and Themed Entertainment Association, a Regional Design Award from AIA, grants from TCG/ITI and the Jim Henson Foundation, and commissions ranging from Disney Imagineering to the United Nations. Notable projects include Noah’s Ark at the Skirball in Los Angeles and a commission with the New York School Construction Authority for a permanent outdoor public artwork designed in collaboration with 52 students using precast skate-park components. Green was awarded a 2012 Fellowship at the MacDowell Colony to begin post-production work for his independent film project, Mega-Delhi Sublime.