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Hashemi-Nezhad, Bahbak, Burton, Andrew and Losal, Stanzin, 2014, Journal Article, Mapping Mapusa Market AHRC Project Reports and Reviews, 01 (01). pp. 2-12. ISSN NA

Abstract or Description:

Mapping Mapusa Market is an exploration into how a local Indian market can be creatively 'mapped' or documented at a key moment of change in the retail environment in India. The project will capture collaborative work initiated by the innovative UnBox Fellowships. It will feature a variety of creative voices and modes of working and make these available through an open-access on-line resource.

Mapping Mapusa Market creatively expands from the vision to investigate how a physically contained but multi-layered public space can be vividly and informatively mapped in ways other than through conventional topographical mapping. It will explore how an interdisciplinary team of creative practitioners can contribute to this process and how material can be published through an open access on-line resource. It will explore what value can be brought to this process through the co-creation of knowledge by collaborators from different disciplinary and cultural backgrounds, drawn both from academia and professional practice, from the creative industries and the business environment.

Mapusa Market is both a typical Indian market, and distinctive and unique. As a commercial organism, the market attracts local traders as well as merchants from adjoining states. Every Friday it swells to accommodate hundreds of daily vendors who set up improvised pitches selling home-grown produce, delicacies, spices and toddy. The vast array of merchandise available is reflected in the range of visitors including Goans and local and international tourists who come to do business, browse, socialise, catch up on gossip on or to experience the vibrant atmosphere. The Market can also be understood as an affinity space where the exchange of a range of specialist knowledge takes place, much of it about repairing items that would be discarded elsewhere but are given a new lease of life here. Much of this knowledge is likely to be lost over coming decades.

Official URL: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/documents/project-reports-an...
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
School or Centre: School of Design
Funders: AHRC, British Council, UK Science and Innovation Network, Unbox
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2017 21:45
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2017 21:45
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3033

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