Enlightenment Festival of Light, Durham
ISIS was commissioned to bring an Indian focus to the Enlightenment Festival of Light in Durham, which was presented as part of the region's EAST 08 programme.
ISIS engaged Indian curator and producer Nandita Palchoudhuri to produce 'Calcutta Lights'. Nandita worked with traditional craftsmen from Chandannagar in West Bengal to produce two arches of lights to span Elvet Bridge in the centre of Durham.
Nandita visited the UK and was in residence at ISIS during 2008. The commission developed as a response to the City of Durham. 'Calcutta Lights' was a collaboration of signature images of Durham incorporated in the traditional giant gates that span the roads of Kolkata during the Durga Festival every year. The Bamboo panels were encrusted with 120,000 hand wrapped bulbs and animated to create a spectacle, unique to Chandannagar in West Bengal, India.