Abhinav is an architect and a new media designer based in Ahmedabad. His
practice explores habitat, interaction design, environments,
tectonics, history and interfaces (tangible and otherwise). His current
bucket of projects include Modular Prefab Architecture, Designing Visual
(node based) programming Language for a Robotics Kit, New Media Art
Installations, Virtual Reality Experiences, Video Game Environments and
User Interface design.
Akash Sharma is an experimental artist working across visual art, data
mapping, data manipulation, algorithmic compositions, and sensor-based
music. He is founder of Sound.Codes, which researches music technology
and provides solutions to music producers, artists etc., and has created
several algorithms for sound processing and data manipulation.
In 2009, Akash founded and was producer & composer for ‘Traveling
River Band’ – an experimental blues, acoustics, and folk band. In 2012,
he led sound design for National Geographic Channel’s augmented reality
series. In 2013, he explored, researched, and captured data on Adi
Minyon - an obscure tribe of Arunachal Pradesh, in the Eastern Himalaya,
stayed with them for an extended period, observing their traditions,
rituals, and customs. He is currently cataloguing his findings,
particularly on the tribal dance forms and disappearing tribal folk
Meanwhile, at Sound.Codes, Akash also works on an initiative to preserve
acoustic signatures of historic and heritage spaces in India, using one
of his own algorithms to capture the impulse response of spaces. He is
also passionate about exploring anthrophony.
Akash currently resides in Mumbai, India.
Bacchus is an Economist and Musician. He was featured as a creative
representative of his generation on The Indian Documentary of Electronic
Arts on two occasions (‘The IDEA’ is a project now mentored and stored
by The Academy of Electronic Arts), performed on the same basis during
the first iteration of CeC in 2006, and was part of the volunteer
support staff for the subsequent iterations of the incident in 2007 and
2008. Bacchus currently lives in Vancouver (Canada) where he conducts
research during the day, performs with his band at night, and
occasionally thinks about the history and future evolution (?) of
electronic and experimental arts.
BAN CASPER MAWLONG
Ban Casper Mawlong is a young Computer Graphics artist who’s been
passionate about moving images, frame by frame, since childhood. Turning
his dream into a profession, however, was one of the most challenging
parts of his career. A proven ability to develop a project from the
earliest stage for pre-production—that is script, storyboard, animatics,
3d animations—was a boon for many start-up visual media houses. After a
decade working with various 3d animation and VFX companies, he
eventually set up his own production house, Cosmic Clusters, churning
out 3d animation film ‘U Syiem', ‘Awake’, and also many music videos and
ads along the way. Currently, he is working on E-Learning projects for
the international market, and also on an in-house E-Commerce website
focused upon delivering affordable animation for educational purposes.
I'm a composer, musician and musical programmer, from Paris to every
places where it's possible to play music, maroc, east europe , india,...
since 9 years i live in a little farm in south of France, with a
agro-artistic collective. We organize events about agriculture, with
conferences about organic peasant, concerts (funk, Xperimetales musics,
free jazz, world), theatre, circus,independant movies projections....
Bettina Wenzel composes and develops vocal pieces and intermedia
performances.Her compositions are a constant endeavour into vocal
sounds, that reach beyond the limitations of the human voice. Since 2000
Bettina Wenzel has been presenting her vocal work in Austria, Belgium,
Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Serbia,
Slowakia, India and the United States.2009 Artist-in-Residence by
Kunststiftung NRW and Goetheinstitut Mumbai during 6 month in Bombay,
India. Recent works are "fleisch", an intermedia performance-evening
(2014) and "new_delhi_distillation" as part of the festival "currently
living in…" (2015)
“Brian sir is just not a headmaster but a true educationist. He
inculcates learning through expression. A wholesome education including
sports, art, music, fashion and dance. He encourages out of the box
thinking and originality. He has an excellent choir that sings all
genres. Every year he directs musicals, from the High School Musical to
the Lion King to his original scripts that deal with teenage problems.
He won the National BOLT Award in the year 2006 - 2007 which was
presented by our Late President Dr. APJ Kalam at Vigyan Bhawan, New
Delhi. Sir encourages us to be a part of the less priviledged children's
lives by involving us in a lot of Social work programmes. He loves
Mother Earth and gets us to recycle what ever we can especially in our
craft classes. He organises a fashion show every year where we are made
to create garments, jewellery, head gear using waste.” (from an
One of India’s internationally acclaimed musicians, co-founder of Indie
band Parikrama, he has recorded & performed with various projects at
venues across the world. Currently a member & producer on various
projects - Think Floyd, Kuru Circus & Orchestra, ContraBand among
Off-stage, he is a multiple media technology expert and visual artist
who manages and motivates his media lab with a motley mix of
professional client projects, production design and ongoing
experimentation with technologies.
Core Interest Areas: Music, Sound; Film, Video, Photography; Art;
Contemporary Media; Web & Mobile Technology; AR & VR
Applications; UI & UX Design; Event & Artist Management;
Communication Design; Education; Live & Performance Arts etc.
Lionel Dentan is always on the move as Da-saz.... from acoustic to
electronic. this nouveau project,,, is about experimental electronic
music.... it is often performed with visuals, and very often features
dancer Namrata Pamnani. Da-saz has travelled a long way to find his
destination, from jet lag released by Phat-Phishes records.... to what i
play now.... there is a big difference.
But i believe in experimentation, trying new ideas, it is now formless,
shapeless, just sounds and Ambient tones ,, floating around ,,,, like
abstract art... you can decide what you hear,,, or imagine......... its
not readyshaped for your mind......modular synth and abstract sounds
Damang’s passions are traditional music, sports and organizing events
relating to the two. Presently working in the Department of Sports and
Youth Affairs, Meghalaya, Damang is largely involved with the youth
sector; organizing sporting competitions and empowerment programs at the
village, block, district and state levels.
As a sportsperson himself, Damang represented India in Karate at the
14th Asian Games, 9th South Asian Games, and 3 world championships. As
an indigenous Khasi musician, he organizes and performs traditional and
fusion folk music throughout the state. He has written and
composed various anthems for schools, colleges, and also the anthem for
Indian League Football Team ‘Royal Wahingdoh’. In 2010, he’d represented
India as part of a Youth Delegate team to China. He’s presently working
on a folk album featuring various well known artists and diverse
creative musicians of Meghalaya. His band member includes
Maitphang Phanbuh, Real Lyngskor, Juban Kharumnuid, Iaishimti Riang,
Shaphrang and Yvonne Syiem.
Eugenia Gortchakova works with video, print, photo,
and painting, investigating Time, Communication, Identity, and new media
theories, with a common focus upon Philosophy. She studied philology
and art history at the State University Moscow (1967-82), and
participated in many biennials and festivals, including Videomedeja Novi
Sad/Serbia 2015, German Days in St. Petersburg and Cheljabinsk/RU 2014,
Sarajevska Zima 2014, Festival the Holiday of Holidays, Haifa 2013, the
5th Moscow biennial 2013, the 7th annual Carnival of e-Creativity,
Graphic Triennial Vienna 2010/13, 49./51.Venice Biennials 2001/05, and
been awarded various grants and awards through the course of her career.
Gabriel Ghebrezghi, better known as Ghostape, is an enigmatic and
inspiring experimental electronic artist from Switzerland, who uses
recorded sounds to create vivid soundscapes merging into abstract pop
artefacts. Amongst other professional engagements on his last visit to
India, in 2014, he mentored participants and composed music for the
final performances of the annual Gati Summer Dance Residency, which
supports emerging artists to engage with choreography.
Hemant Sreekumar has been dreaming since three decades and got involved
with noise since 1986 when he started self-hypnosis using televison
& radio static. He has no useful music skills and finds joy in
embroidering coded computational processes to create sonic situations.
These data sonification compositions deal with notions of measurement,
decay, randomness & emergence.
LINK : https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6u2dmlfERhb2F_vQNIxEr-utVV0OLGrj
Jobin Vijayan has been passionate about electro-mechanical systems from a
very young age. His major installations are at Regional Science Center
and Planetarium, Calicut, where he designed and installed the electro
mechanical systems for the Hall of Physical Endurance and the Astronomy
gallery. He also headed R&D for a company which made electronic
public toilets, and has designed architecture of industrial robots.
Over the period, his interests have shifted to Bio-mechanical systems, where he is researching on adaptive neural systems.
He is also specialized in astrophotography and telescope building.
Keeping a strict old school approach in heart, he believes in designing
electronic systems with least electronics, optimising for energy and
space, and identifying and removing unwanted technologies from one's
Currently, he heads the India office of Arduino.
Júlia Robert-Pares graduated from the London Contemporary Dance School
and obtained a post graduate in Physical Theater at the Royal Holloway
She then worked as a performer with Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company, with
whom she was original cast in the company’s piece “Freedom” and toured
internationally performing “Yesterday”, “7734” and “Justitia”.
She has also worked with other international artists such as Nuria Guiu,
José Agudo, Vincent Montsoe, Nils Frahm, Guy Nader, Tom Dale, Jorge
Crecis and ACE Dance and Music. Julia is currently working as a
freelance dancer with Neon Dance (UK/Berlin) and UmmaUmma Dance
Julia started working together with Rudi Cole in 2014, creating ‘The
Masks Behind Doors’ (competition awarded) and outdoor piece ‘Nomadis’.
In 2015 they established HumanHood and are currently creating their
first full length piece entitle ‘Zero’, in collaboration with mix field
artists, which will be premiered in 2016.
Karan Gurung is an experimental artist based in Northeast India .He
enjoys doing work that is driven by the need to find creative solutions
to everyday problems and challenges. He has been closely engaged with
the problems of Northeast India; employing poetry, folklore, performance
and photography to reflect and articulate issues (individual/political)
that eclipse the strife-torn region. He has collaborated with artists
across the board from different parts of the country making art,
performances, and creating new creative bonds. He is also a Ph.D
candidate from the Northeastern Hill University, Shillong, writing on
the subject of "Orality and Identity" to explore the relationship
between oral narration, memory, and authenticity.
Krisgatha Achmad is a Media Artist/Sound Designer/DJ based in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Founded TRANSIT in 2001, and ROOMNO.1 Artspace 2004, which conducts
Research & Development projects, for the most part. He also carries
out collaborative projects with artists in various genres, making the
most use of sound and video, combined with installation.
Krisgatha’s DJ career extends over fifteen years, including live
performances in Indonesia with overseas artists such as Goth Trad,
Budculture, and David Kennedy from Angels and Airwaves. He has also been
invited to many overseas music festivals.
Other works have focused on projects; where he produced installations
combining found objects, readymade items, and indefinable pieces, all
incorporated with sound, and visuals. He often reinterprets a familiar
phenomenon or topic through a different viewpoint and combines them into
URL : https://krs9th.wordpress.com
Mathias Durand is a composer born in France in 1983. As a child, he
learnt classical piano from his grand-mother. He started playing the
guitar and songwriting at teenage, taking part in bands and concerts
during high-school in Paris. Since 2005 he performs folk concerts as
Math and the Letters, and releases a first album Broken Letters in 2008.
From 2006 to 2010, he studies in the class of acousmatic music of Régis
Renouard-Larivière in conservatoire Erik Satie, Paris 7e. In the summer
2009 he travels to Calcutta and gets initiated to Hindustani classical
music by the vocal artist Santanu Bandyopadhyay. The next summer, they
are touring in France, and record an album as a duet (Mood). He sings
and plays guitar in Alacazas Jasey since 2001 and in the experimental
septet IT since 2006. He played as a guitarist and pianist with the John
Mitchell Fleet (Head on, 2012), Jospeh Leon (The Bare Awakening, 2013),
and collaborates with plasticians, poets, and performers. He joins on
electric guitar Tritha Sinha, Paul Schneiter and Tony Guinard in Tritha
Electric in 2012. With Niktus, he founded the collective Satourne and
organises an itinerant festival in the summers 2013 and 2014 in France.
He composes music for performances, movies and documentaries and has an
album to come in 2016, L'ARBRE.
Paul Schneiter has been living in India since 2009, sharing his time
between drumming duties for several Indian rock bands (Menwhopause,
Tritha Electric), touring duties with The Ska Vengers as their live
sound engineer, as well as setting up a vintage analog recording studio
in New Delhi.
Katharas Recording Facility in New Delhi ought to be completed in
January 2016, featuring the largest collection of vintage outboard in
the country. The purpose of this project is to bring analog recording to
India, which puts more emphasis on the musicians' performance rather
than on editing and other post-production tricks. The result is a music
which is alive, and truly unique!
Poulomi Desai is best known for her large-scale sound and photography
installations that interrogate the politics of identity, listening and
perception. Inspired by her post-punk theatre background, her tools are
image-based, textual, performative and acoustic, traversing boundaries
of physical location and structures of presentation. Her current
pre-occupation investigates sacrilegious sound and vision through the
machinations of her prepared, modified sitar, electronics, sirens, VLF
and radio soundscapes, and slide projections, performing on the noise
and free improviser scenes. Recent performances and installations
include, Complicite Theatre, London Contemporary Music festival, Fort
Process, Clandestino, Colour Out Space, Supernormal festivals and
appearances at Cafe Oto. Commissions and exhibitions include, The
Serpentine Gallery, The Photographers Gallery, Radio Arts, The Science
Museum, INIVA, The Queens Museum (USA), The Oxford Gallery (India),
Futuresonic UK and Souzouzukan 9001 Japan. Her work has been published
in four books, Red Threads, Different, Terrorist Assemblages and Out of
Place. She runs Usurp Art, an experimental tactical media artist-led
space where she has curated over 100 exhibitions and events.
Rudi trained at and graduated from Northem School of Contemporary dance,
UK in 2009. Professionally, he has worked with Compagnie Thor
(Brussels, Belgium), for the creation and tour of Thierry Smits’ ’To The
Ones I Love’. Also with Akram Khan Company (UK) performing in the
companies production “Vertical Road” as well as in the opening ceremony
for the 2012 Olympics.
Rudi has also worked with Jose Agudo, Vincent Mantsoe, Shawn Parker,
Erwin Wauters, ACE Dance and Music, Guy Nader, Adam Young, Nuria Guiu.
As a freelance dancer he is currently working with Adrienne Hart (Neon
Dance) and Guido Sarli (UmmaUmma Dance).
Rudi started working together with Julia Robert-Pares in 2014, creating
‘The Masks Behind Doors’ (competition awarded) and outdoor piece
‘Nomadis’. In 2015 they established HumanHood and they are currently
creating their first full length piece entitle ‘Zero’, in collaboration
with mix field artists, which will be premiered in 2016.
Since March 2012, Sabine Himmelsbach is the new director of HeK (House
of Electronic Arts Basel, Switzerland). After studying art history in
Munich she worked for galleries in Munich and Vienna from 1993–1996 and
later became project manager for exhibitions and conferences for the
Steirischer Herbst Festival in Graz, Austria. In 1999 she became
exhibition director at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe.
From 2005–2011 she was the artistic director of the Edith-Russ-House for
Media Art in Oldenburg, Germany. Her exhibition projects include ‘Fast
Forward’ (2003); ‘Coolhunters’ (2004); ‘Playback_Simulated Realities’
(2006); ‘Ecomedia: Ecological Strategies in Today’s Art’ (2007);
‘Landscape 2.0’ (2009); ‘MyWar. Participation in an Age of Conflict’
(2010) and ‘Culture(s) of Copy’ (2011). 2011 she curated ‘gateways. Art
and Networked Culture’ for the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn as part of the
European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011 program. Her exhibitions at
HeK in Basel include ‘Sensing Place. Mediatising the Urban Landscape’
(2012), ‘Semiconductor: Let There be Light’ (2013), ‘Perspectives on
Imaginary Futures’ (2014), ‘Ryoji Ikeda’ and ‘Poetics and Politics of
Data’ (2015). As a writer and lecturer she is dedicated to topics
related to media art and digital culture.
Shankar Barua is curator and custodian of CeC, in his
capacity as Managing Trustee of The Academy of Electronic Arts. He has
been many things in life before coming around to this sort of stuff,
including, adventure-travel writer & photographer, asst. editor and
designer of magazines, illustrator, publisher, pack-shot photographer,
well-digger & drought-relief worker, book-author, columnist, artist,
musician, tea-taster, corporate consultant, advertising copywriter,
public speaker, photography workshop leader, public relations
professional, documentary anchorperson, product prototyper, film-maker, builder,
and so on, and on.
Whereas he continues to be some of these
still, his primary goals presently have to do with promoting and
empowering creative experimentation & innovation, on the back of the
burgeoning evolution and spread of technology.
In regard to North East India, Shankar--who is obviously as old as the
mountains--was taken from Shillong as a child in the mid-1960s, and then
never returned to the NE for any significant period of time up until
2012, since when he has (temporarily) been spending about half his time
based in Guwahati. Over this period, he has built an experimental bamboo
house in the city, instigated and led 2 official Arts & Culture
delegations from South Korea through Guwahati and Shillong, and also
brought CeC to Shillong.
As an independent curator with a focus on experimental practices and
processes across human endeavour, I search for answers to questions
within original frameworks of inter-disciplinary artistic research and
production. Have also been actively involved in public space projects,
as well as sub-cultural practices exploring the relationship between
arts and culture. Most of my work is based in spontaneous creation and
expression, often fusing new people to create unpredictable new
situations and new collective imaginations of beauty and its future.
With diversified, almost schizophrenic, interests, my projects are
usually designed as long-term impact programs, but most of them have
come to meet each other. The value of the ‘experience’ is the corpus of
my life and through all my attempts, this objective remains sacrosanct
for myself, the artists I work with and the audience.
As a curatorial process, my projects are my canvas, and the
multidisciplinary artists I work with are colours, tools, chemicals,
that blend differently in different situations and combinations to
produce differentiated experiences. And so, the chemistry between
different artists and practices urge me to play blind, as unlocking the
true potential of the unexpected is what I love the most. And maybe,
this way, we will actually find the future in the present tense.
Sheela Raj, India/ France/ UK.: 50 years sharing Life, Breath, Dance and
Creative Impulse, worldwide, in multiple fields, from the performing
arts to education and therapy. via her method Moving Breath.
Returning to CeC for the 4 th time with heArtLight, the collective she
founded in 2011, to continue the journey with the free spirits who
Simon Underwood was a founder member and bass player of the post-punk
experimental band ‘The Pop Group’. He has spearheaded numerous projects
over the years including Africa 95, Lotte, Vienna Festival and Another
World iS Possible Festival to name a few. He has worked with
many record labels including ‘Omi Recordings’ with Talvin Singh,
‘Nation Records’ with Aki Nawaz and ‘More Rockers’ with Smith &
Mighty and Roni Size.
His sound work has been focused on developing a mix of live performance
and activism. Over the past ten years he has concentrated his practice
on circuit bending and building DIY electronic instruments to be used in
His current project ‘The Conspirators of Pleasure’ together with
Poulomi Desai, is a freely improvising duo that seeks to bend all the
rules, question the sacred and create extraordinary soundscape
performances using twisted technology and prepared instruments. They
have been collaborating in an array of sound, installation and web
projects since 2001, when they established the Usurp Art Collective.
Most recently they have contributed a composition to ‘Waywords and
Meanings’ a unabridged musical version of James Joyce's famous text,
Finnegans Wake due to be released early 2016.
SNEHAL THOMAS JACOB
Snehal Thomas Jacob is an experimental multi-disciplinary artist whose
work ranges from fine art and graphics to electronic music. Thomas is
the co-founder of Sound.Codes which researches in music technology and
provides solutions to music producers, artists etc. and has worked on
various composition and designs.
In 2013, Thomas started a collective, Square Routes, working on an album
and helped with fundraising for various current issues around the time.
Thomas has contributed extensively to the indie music and art. He
enjoys working with mix media.
Currently, at Sound.Codes, Thomas is working on an initiative to
preserve the acoustic signatures of historic and heritage spaces in
Thomas primarily resides in Mumbai, India.
SURESH K. NAIR
Suresh K. Nair is a practicing experimental artist and Muralist born in
Kerala, South India, he completed his studies from the Institute of
Mural Painting, Guruvayur, Visvabharati University, Santiniketan, Film
and Television Institute India, Pune and Tyler School of Art, Temple
University, Philadelphia, United States.
He has exhibited his works in all Indian States and the USA, the UK, and
the UAE; been involved in community art projects across India, and; is
also a world traveller. Currently he is involved with making Public Art
Projects in Varanasi and other Indian cities, with murals already done
in Trivandrum, Cochin, Kottayam, Chennai, Pondicherry, Bangalore,
Bhubaneswar, Bodhgaya and Amritsar. Recently, he performed at TEDx IIT
Banaras Hindu University on the theme of “Order in Chaos”.
Nair received the Elizabeth Green Shield Foundation Scholarship from
Canada (1997), Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi State Award, Government of
Kerala (2005), Indradugar Award from Calcuta ( 1998), Fulbright
Fellowship from the Institute of International Education, USA ( 2014-15)
and Earth Network Award from Washington (2015).
In 2007, Suresh K Nair reached Varanasi and started making experimental
drawings based on sounds, Indian classical music, and dance. He is also
interested in Calligraphy Traditions. He teaches too as an Assistant
Professor in the Department of Painting, Faculty of Visual Arts, Banaras
SURJIT (Bonbon) NONGMEIKAPAM
Surjit Nongmeikapam (Bonbon), born in Manipur, is amongst the
young/pioneer choreographers & dancers in the field of contemporary
dance in North East India. He earned a BA in Choreography from Natya
Institute of Kathak and Choreography and has worked with the Natya Stem
Dance Company and Natya Maya (Bangalore) as a contemporary and
traditional dancer. Surjit is formally trained in Kathak ,
Kalaripayattu, Manipuri dance, Contemporary dance, and the
Thang-ta form of martial arts. But, he continues to learn new movement
styles from different Gurus & Mentors, and performs with other
choreographers and directors to experience different art forms and
practices. He also works on Dance Therapies part-time for The Human to
Humane Transcultural Centre for Torture Victims (H2H), for which he
trained at Kolkata Sanved 2010. He has served and performed at
international and national residencies, festivals, and collaborations,
having toured professionally all over India and Internationally,
including Switzerland, France, Singapore, Belgium, Japan, USA, UK and
He was in Zurich for the festival www.theaterspektakel.ch
and research residency for 4 weeks supported by Pro Helvetia, New Delhi.
His OneVoice was nominated for an award in the Theater Spektakel,
Zurich 2013, and his Black Pot and Movement-Dance film was
nominated for the Experimenta 8th International Festival of Moving Image
Art 2013, India. It was also screened at Dance and Film, the
International Dance Film Festival 2015, in Japan. He was recently
awarded the PECDA 2014 for his work NERVES.
URL - http://surjitnongmeikapam.wix.com/bonbon
URL - https://www.youtube.com/user/bonnong/videos
Vinay Hasija is a New Media Designer with a background in Electronics,
with the works located in the areas of Electronic Arts and Designing for
Education. He has worked in the fields of Educational Robotics and
Experiential Learning and is currently working on designing an
educational robotic kit for pre-adolescent kids.