Trial Room 2.0
An immersive installation that passes judgments purely based on your physical attributes. The judgments are brutal and sexist and stem from deep rooted societal conditioning. It aims to inspire body positivism, by creating an environment that does exactly the opposite.

Q. What stirred you initially into creating this work? Are their personal instances which instigated the creation of this work?
A. Several. I have struggled all my life with clothes and fitting into them before realizing the clothes need to fit ME. Growing up in the 90s ; the global brands never considered the Indian female with big bottoms while designing their clothes. That created a life long struggle with my own body that always amplified when I went into a trial room.

I created the Trial room installation for the first time in Bangalore for Gender Bender 2018 along with Saakshi Joshi, who is poet and anthropologist, who also wrote the poem in the Trial room zine. Here we created an environment similar to a trial room but all the judgmental voices inside your head were brought to life through audio and visuals.

 Trial Room 2.0 at the Irregular Art fair became an extension of the same idea with more technology incorporated.

Q2.  It has often been said, People will criticize. Let them. How, in your opinion, then can one cope with such judgement criticism directed towards the body?
A. Stop confirming to what everyone is wearing. Find what makes you look and feel great. It takes a while but you eventually get there. A lot of times the physical judgement makes us ignore our mental health which is the core issue. Or you can also make art about it and try to sensitize the society about its judgmental ways. 

Q3.   How does you work fit within the theme of Altered Realities? What is 
the reality you propose?

A. An altered reality where you are free from judgement based purely on your physical attributes. Where you are celebrated for your true essence, your spirit and does not belittle your beauty to the physical world. Where you feel loved, accepted and like an important part of the society to which you contribute to with all your heart. Where women are not told to hide their 'fat' by wearing black or loose clothes. Where our curves represent abundance of form and of love. 

Q4. Could you explain more about the process of creation of your work and 
the use of technology and new media within it?
A. THE TRIAL ROOM 2.0 was an extension to the initial idea where I decided to incorporate a raspberry pie, touch sensors and other things to simulate the experience. I wanted to amplify the physical attribute of your 'body weight'; so along with tech genius Himanshu Bablani I used a weighing machine in the installation that was connected to audio and text judgement. People would step on the weighing machine that would send their body weight to the computer that would play a judgmental video, audio and the LED ticker would display a judgmental text. And all this was transparent and public. The idea was to overwhelm the person standing inside; just like a trip to the trial room normally does. 

Q5.      A work like this a social campaign of sorts. Will the work be exhibited at other places? What do you hope to achieve through its creation?
A. I am taking the Trial room zine across the country and stocking it in many cities. This year The Trial room zine would also become a part of the zine library at OCAD, Toronto.