Conceived and curated by Media Art South Asia, an initiative to document and disseminate the media arts in the Indian subcontinent, <de>confine hopes to draw attention to the rich and dynamic digital arts scene in the region. Using video, audio, A.I., image, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and text, the artists and creators featured in the festival represent a diverse body of work reflective of the rapid proliferation of digital culture in South Asia and around the world.
Created under the aegis of Novembre Numerique, a yearly initiative by the French cultural network abroad (French Institutes, Alliances Françaises, cultural services of embassies and consulates) and its partners to facilitate public engagement with digital culture and technology, <de>confine celebrates cross-border collaborations and cooperation in South Asian countries and Europe and garners support from institutions in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Afghanistan.
First edition of the festival reached more than 200,000 people in November 2020 and was supported by the French cultural network in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The second edition in November 2021, was widely supported by several institutions in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, France, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and showcased works of more than 30 international artists.