Milan Rai is a social practice artist whose works span the countryside and the urban landscapes of the Metropolitan . His work offers offers much-needed green spaces and parks for urban dwellers .His urban intervention are a humble effort to unearth the poetry of spaces and build from them avoiding further harm to ecological aestheics and deeper senisibilites.
Eco Social Art Practice
I urged city agencies to reflect on why public spaces fail and rethink the development of green infrastructures.My action research and eco-social art practice are backed by the philosophy of Mundhum, landscape literacy, theories, and practices. Both the problems and opportunities are immense so I seek ways out ways to culitvate both empathy and agency to realize the potential of public spaces. I reimagine the possible future to retell our earthly stories. I continue to work with policymakers, architects, anthropologists, ecologists, scientists, musicians, poets, indigenous people, and a wide array of disciplines with a focus on designing meaningful places.
Being pragmatic but at the same time imagining wildly and re-inventing new situations characterize my practice as an Artist + Gardner architect. My urban interventions are not the final answers but my questions and appreciative inquiries about the possible future. This work is an expansion of my long-term art project namely White Butterflies.
My blogging evolved slowly as a means to collate my process based eco-social art practice.
Here, I share curatorial essays , stories , eco-sophies , ideas and things that are happening behind the scenes.
ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME In 2018, I had done a tree plantation involving the locals with an idea of social sculpture. I frequently came to this place and joined the elderlies singing devotional songs beneath a tree. I listened to their conversation that ranged from...
I spend countless hours observing the site conditions and immerse myself in the atmospheric blending of light, shadow, forms, gusts, and acoustic surround. I marvel at the intricacies of grasses and the heaven-sent petrichor. Such contemplation or drifting...
We have a tendency to negatively judge the spontaneous vegetation plants that grow without human intent. Indeed, most of the plants that I chose are dismissed as unkempt weeds. I insisted and challenged society’s blind acceptance and cultural perception, I fought and...