hydel, territory, greenfield
Irony of an aerial shot of Lanco Construction workers at Teesta River Stage 6 project: represents a clash of scales at the level of the visualization of "development". A project of hydroelectric conversion is itself an aerial imposition, built from a technoscientific distance. Negotiated as a blueprint behind closed doors of a boardroom or planning department; involving massive cuts into the land, without a "visualization" of the farmer's use of the river. This is reversed in this shot as the company workers are themselves rendered visibly small, scaling the broad cuts into the mountain.
The scale of the project is consequently "off". The field of mud converting the river behind it into worksite [office cubicles]: treating the resulting territory as a greenfield "tabula rasa". This prefigures the act of erasure of the river's function as a source of life for the farmers; casual officiousness of the workers reflects this gesture of capitalist imperialism (itself a form of "visualization").http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenfield_project