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Ravi Waste Inventory is a zine by The Gandi Engine Commission. This is an experimental, site-specific workshop that navigates through the Ravi to explore themes of development and destruction, waste and toxicity. Drawing on the Persian meaning of the word ‘Ravi’ as ‘Narrator’ we activate the river as a site of storytelling – tapping into the memories and archives within its subsoil, from colonial histories to the neo-colonial present.
Deriving our title from a defunct sewage treatment plant off the Ravi, the Gandi Engine (dirty engine), the project looks at the river as a recipient and vessel of the copious and continuous sewage of the city. While numerous commissions have been installed to reverse the death/destruction of the Ravi, our workshop is designed as a walk to pause, reflect and re-examine our relationship as urban dwellers to the landscape and ecology we inhabit, to ask what it means to live and work with the waste, residue and detritus of the city – with what is cast aside.