Pomodoro is an exercise in creating, practicing, and sharing a ritual.
The artist uses a traditional South Indian oil lamp arrangement from his homeland as a starting point. An attempt is made to transplant this arrangement to engage with Tadao Ando’s architecture, almost as an offering to the space. The artist then replaces the lamps in the arrangement with kitchen timers, suggesting a dialogue between ideas of ritual and time. This arrangement also lends itself to sonic compositions that the artist and audience are encouraged to engage with tactically.
The work derives its name from the Pomodoro Technique, a popular productivity exercise devised in the late 1900s, that urges an individual to break down tasks into twenty-five-minute sprints. The title suggests a tension between spirituality and productivity.
He/Him | Multimedia Artist | Kochi, Kerala
From Kerala, India, Sethuraman is a visual artist. He comes from a communication design background at the National Institute of Design.
The artist is now focused on taking ideas and exploring them through different lenses, thus engaging with literature, theories, and processes much more attentively.
He feels eager and ready to spend time assembling, disassembling, and re-assembling not just materials, but also more intangible pieces of his practice. Sethuraman can now do so under the guise of an artist, which he is pleased about.