To Participate in the Archive

To Participate in the Archive

ARTEL 2018: Residency at TIFA Working Studios

From January 5, to Febuary 6, 2018, I was invited with several other artists and practitioners within the field of archiving to be a artist-in-residence at the ARTEL2018, TIFA Working Studios, Pune. The curatorial framework for ARTEL2018 was defined by artist/curator Vidisha Fadescha as “To Participate in the Archive”.

During my month-long residency I produced new work and took the opportunity to reiterate existing work in new formulations. I did this in the form of five performance and installation experiments under the framework of Cyborg Archives:

  1. Cyborg Archives: #ArchivingKnowledge
  2. Cyborg Archives: 256 Million Colours of Violence
  3. Cyborg Archives: WAR • ROOM • ECHO
  4. Cyborg Archives: GarbageInGarbageOut
  5. Cyborg Archives: Can Archives Speak?

“We live in a networked world where we no longer just shape the communication technology around us, but are shaped by it in return. We are already Cyborgs, not the sci-fi amalgamations of flesh and flesh and wires, but in a more profound sense – a human/technology symbiont; and so are our archives.

Every body is an archive, and every archive is an embodiment of knowledge.

The series of performance installations replace the familiar technology we depend upon, with human cognition and brain power, to explore how archives function, what can they do, and what are their limits.”

Overall, it was an opportunity interact with my fellow residents, volunteers and employees of the residency; and to consolidate my practice within the lens of ‘Archiving as Artistic Praxis’. The residency has been the instrumental towards helping me formulate and consolidate the direction of my MA thesis at Aalto University, Helsinki, titled “Cyber Archive: Being and Doing Knowledge”.

Archiving Knowledge, sculptures

Cyborg Archives: 256 Million Colours of Violence, TIFA Working Studios, Pune

Cyborg Archives: 256 Million Colours of Violence is the second in a series of five performance and participatory installations, exhibited as part of the culmination of my residency at TIFA Working Studios

256 Million Colours of Violence is an ongoing project. To know more about this project, click here

Cyborg Archives: WAR • ROOM • ECHO, TIFA Working Studios, Pune

Cyborg Archives: WAR • ROOM • ECHO is the third in a series of five performance and participatory installations, exhibited as part of the culmination of my residency at TIFA Working Studios

256 Million Colours of Violence is an ongoing project. To know more about this project, click here

Cyborg Archives: GarbageInGarbageOut, TIFA Working Studios, Pune

Performance directed by Ali Akbar Mehta, and performed by Luv Mehtani

GarbageinGarbageOut is the fourth in a series of five performance and participatory installations, as part of the culmination of my residency at TIFA Working Studios.

Members of the audience were invited to participate ‘in the archive’ by interacting with the simplified manifestation of a cyber] archive through a series of controlled statements and requests. ‘The archive’, in this case performed by Luv Mehtani, was bound by a scripted introductory and closing statements, and with instructions to invite questions/statements from the audience.

GarbageinGarbageOut is performed by Luv Mehtani, and the performance was conducted at TIFA Working Studios in the exhibition ‘Assembly of Access’, curated by Vidisha Fadescha, 2018.

Cyborg Archives: Can Archives Speak?

Performance directed by Ali Akbar Mehta and performed by Ganesh Totekar

Cyborg Archives: Can Archives Speak? is the fifth in a series of five performance and participatory installations, as part of the culmination of my residency at TIFA Working Studios

Can Archives Speak? is performed by Ganesh Totekar, and the performance was conducted at TIFA Working Studios in the exhibition ‘Assembly of Access’, curated by Vidisha Fadescha, 2018.

Assembly of Access

TIFA Working Studios, 2018