Aspinwall House is a large sea-facing heritage property in Fort Kochi on the way to Mattancherry. The property was originally the business premises of Aspinwall & Company Ltd. established in 1867 by English trader John H Aspinwall. Under the guidance of Aspinwall the Company traded in coconut oil, pepper, timber, lemon grass oil, ginger, turmeric, spices, hides and later in coir, coffee, tea and rubber. The large compound contains office buildings, a residential bungalow and a number of warehouses and smaller outer-lying structures. Aspinwall House will be a primary venue of the Biennale, hosting numerous artist led projects and events spaces.
One of Mandal’s exhibits is from his 2007 series 'It Doesn’t Bite' – “a performance on the structure of steel and stone”. Here, bubbles move with infinite slowness through a coiled steel cage, creating an ephemeral sculpture the vitality of which dies with the eventual disappearance of its moving components.
It Doesn’t Bite – 1 & 2 \ 2007 \ Steel, glass bottle, air pumps, soap solution, and programming circuit \ 34 x 26 x 20 in