sic! – Artist talk
Sounding the Quintessential
Moderated by Prof. Kirsten Reese, UNI.K Studio / UdK
Lietzenburger Straße 45, 10789 Berlin, Room 315
14 February 2023, 7 pm
Over the last decade, Nandita Kumar’s projects have become heavily research based that has led her to become interested in “environmental-data”, its representation and how one communicates that to the larger audience. Her data-driven artistic experiment probes through a given topic through its nature, scarcity, politics, interdependency, utility etc. and simultaneously explores methods of engaging audiences through these interactive installations.
The talk will trace Nandita’s artistic process and draw a web of networked thoughts, where her varied interests such as a researcher, sound, experimental film and animation, electronics and interactivity, community engagement, book building, system design; have all culminated into one cohesive language. It will explore fundamental questions whether this experience presented be more intuitive and creative for the viewer, in order to build new neural networks and draw insights from the data presented. Can interactive archive systems be designed to enhance free associative thinking and pattern building process? How can we create stronger memories by virtue of exploring creative methods of interaction through a multi-sensory engagement? Can sound be used to bridge the gap between memory, data and free associative thinking and pattern building processes? Can graphical notation scores be used to build data archives and interaction structures which break through the linearity model of a traditional archive?
During the course of the talk, projects with different strategies build a story through technological correlation, material usage, sound, research, interactivity, philosophy; that induces questions and explore fundamental questions related to bridging the gap with the living ecological network.
Nandita Kumar, born 1981 in Pamplemousse, Mauritius, based in Goa/India and currently fellow of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin program, is a new-media artist who works at the intersection art, environmental science, technology and community. She explores the elemental process through which human beings construct meaning from their experiences, by creating sensory narratives through the usage of data, sound, video/ animation and performance, smartphone apps, customized motherboards, solar/microwave sensors. Her interest lies in propelling the human race towards a sustainable development, which not only focuses on environmental protection, but also social development.