Investigating New Media in India (2017)

During the summer of 2017, I travelled to India in order to uncover the electronic and experimental arts scenes. I wanted to understand the relationships Indian artist have with technology, and how their works are interpreted by audiences. I spent time interviewing, collaborating and performing with artists in Mumbai and Calcutta for this research project. 

Calcutta

In Calcutta, I collaborated with experimental theatre group Culture Monks.

The project, Checkpoint Hoogly, examines marginalization, the sub-altern, and the status of refugees through stories revolving around the port of Budge Budge outside Calcutta, and the settlements that have grown alongside the railway leading to it. For the project, myself and ethnomusicologist/ composer Conner Singh Vanderbeek collaborated on an audiovisual installation on the Komagata Maru, a passenger ship of predominately Sikh men that sailed from Hong Kong to Vancouver in 1914, was denied entry into Canada, then was fired upon when it eventually docked in Budge Budge.

We also had the chance to view the Komagata Maru memorial at Budge Budge. The both memorials in Vancouver and Calcutta became our source materials for the visual portion of the installation.

 

 

Mumbai 

In addition to interviewing artists in Mumbai, I teamed up with artistic agency Homegrown on an event called "A Night of New Media", where Nancy Lee and I installed our swing installation "Pendula" and participated on a panel which discussed the future of new media in India and abroad.