India & Me: A Journey
This year, the Garden Room in the mansion has been transformed with an audio-visual exhibition, looking at personal stories from a collaboration with the Reading Indian Centre.
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In a series of workshops, we invited the local Reading Indian community to respond to Basildon Park’s India-inspired Zuber wallpaper, which was designed in 1806 by a French artist who had never been to India.
We have worked with Studio 24, a digital design agency, to create an atmospheric soundscape mapped to the idealised depictions of India on the wall paper. As you move around the room, you’ll be able to experience the memories and imagination of the Reading Indian community with the sounds of water lapping, people rowing, and birds singing in the banana trees.
Projected onto the wallpaper are quotes in English, Punjabi and Hindi from the series of workshops, which also explored themes of migration, arrival and culture adjustment. You'll be able to sit and listen to these personal journeys of the Reading Indian community using a headset in the Garden room, or you can listen to some of them from the comfort of your home using the link below.
" As general manager, part of my role is to make sure we are sharing the history of the properties with visitors, and local stories are part of the social history we need to tell. India and Me: A Journey tells moving stories from the local community from the place I now call home, Reading."