kolimesh is a kind of net, made out of lines of infrared
and ultraviolet threaded through the dense spaces of
It functions as a wireless infrastructure for koliwada
providing internet access and telephony services.
kolimesh is a way
of symbolising the invisible informal networks that make the dense
associational life of Koliwada.
As an integral part of Dharavi with its
complex mix of 'nagars' or communities, Koliwada may be classified
as a slum or informal settlement through the eyes of officialdom.
However, through the eyes of the residents of this 500 year old former
fishing village, it is a goathan, village
Irrespective of what happens to Koliwada in the future,
the social networks form a mesh that can be perpetuated.
kolimesh is a way of extrapolating the way
of life that Koliwada exemplifies into the future.
The corrugated steel roof
lining the skyline and crumbling sewers below the ground will by necessity go in
the near future but the way of life can continue and
The concept of
kolimesh emerges from the social imaginary of the so called 'slum', the dense multi-rhythmic patterns of human formations, not so much outside
of modernity but beyond modernity. This is metaphorically described by a
research project at pukar with term
infracity as means of visualizing 'a
city beyond maps'.
Infracity describes 'the new emergent
landscapes in the city at the conjuncture of space, technology and human
kolimesh is an attempt to replicate the infracity as a
working mesh operating at social frequencies at extreme ends of visual spectrum:
using infrared and ultraviolet.
Wireless internet mesh nodes connect with each other
across the roofline of Koliwada about 50 metres apart from each
Infrared light sensors provide a
monitor and security network, ultraviolet marks out the position of each
mesh layout across
24 x 25 metre radius mesh clusters centred
around internet mesh nodes
Multiple or single internet access point
depending on site survey
Nodes located at public halls, shops and
Access: wireless access to internet
anywhere in Koliwada
By ethernet and multiport hubs near node
Mesh node points
kolimesh provides a valuable resource for informal self
learning for the children of Koliwada. Internet literacy is essential if the
children of Koliwada are to compete on a level playing field with children from
nearby areas like Bandra for future access to the job