Collaborations are the stuff of emergent politics; they make new objects and agents possible.
(Anna Tsing, Friction, p. 247)
Ek Dozen Paani is a collaborative video project with arts Collective CAMP and two community youth organizations- Akansha Sewa Sangh and Aagaz.
“Our nature has never been natural. The history of sustainability has been the history of fragmentation: science and the humanities, their generation and our generation, abstraction and action. We seek to shape the new normal by cultivating curiosity, exploring emotion, and igniting innovation. Who are we? We are a collective of scholars, students, artists, scientists, and educators whose mission is to generate local and global awareness and engagement in the emergent area of the environmental humanities. We are storytellers, weaving the common roots of our natural heritage into an interdisciplinary narrative. We aim to be a bridge between islands, a thread among branches, a lab for reflection and action. We are the Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities.” (from ppehlab.org)
Pipes, roads, and electric grids have long promised modernity to their subjects. Their promise is contingent and haunted by their decay in everyday life. This tension between aspiration and failure, technological progress and its underbelly, makes the life of infrastructure a productive location to examine the entanglements of technology and biopolitics. This participants in this collaborative drew on ethnographic research to theorize infrastructure as cultural forms and materializations of certain ideas of order and social inequality in cross cultural contexts.