HAMLET MACHINE.   2000

 Video Installation with Sound

 Four Channel Projection

 20 Minutes


'Hamletmachine is an adaptation from Shakespeare's Hamlet by the German writer Heiner Muller. The character of Hamlet is according to Malani very pertinent to the Indian political climate today. The video installation manifests the rise of Hindu fundamentalism in India, which reached its peak with the frenzied violence of fanatics who brought down the 16th century Babri Masjid (mosque) in December of 1992. The growing unrest that followed this destruction provided the Hindu fanatics with an opportunity to attack and pillage the shanty- towns of the minority Muslim population in a clear case of land grab in Mumbai. Overnight slum colonies were burnt to cinders. Hamletmachine was produced on a residency program in the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, between 1999 and 2000, with the Butoh dancer Harada Nobuo. The work has been shown in Text & Subtext, Singapore, Sydney, Stockholm, in Century City, London, in the Hoopoe Curatorial project Montreal and Vancouver.