AMRA - The Jodhpur Boom
THE JODHPUR BOOM
Reported to have taken place in central Rajasthan on the morning of Monday 12 December 2012, the Jodhpur Boom remains an unexplained sonic phenomenon experienced by the inhabitants of this desert region of northern India. Occurring at 11:25am, a deafening sound was released from the sky, creating a shockwave that shook the streets of the town of Jodhpur, causing widespread fear and panic.
Initially believed to have been a jet aircraft or an ammunitions explosion, this was soon ruled out since no known flight path passed near the town and there were no visible signs of damage that might correspond with the use of explosives. To further add to the mystery, it transpires that throughout December 2012, a month linked to various eschatological beliefs of global cataclysm and Mayan apocalypse, numerous other booms were also heard at various sites across the planet.
Though the origin of the boom remains a mystery, the event's sonic, psychic and mythological resonances are rooted in both its earthly and other worldly origins. Imagined here as a celestial comingling of the gods Shiva and Parvati, the installation invokes the eternal Tandava-Lasyadance of the destruction and renewal of the earth. Incorporating an architectural model from the city of Jodhpur and live audio from the sound system during the night, we witness their spectral dance disturbed by the sudden and thunderous impact of the boom.
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