Nobina Gupta is an artist- curator, the founder director of Disappearing Dialogues Collective (www.disappearingdialogues.org). Over a career spanning 25 years, she has initiated and curated interdisciplinary interactions that engage different communities, institutions and social groups through interactive artworks, heritage mapping, research and documentation. These are collaborative activities that seek to conserve cultural, social and environmental losses, sediments and memories intrinsic to a fragile socio-spatial landscape. With significant representations in national and international forums, her work engages with audio-visual and tactile mediums to comment on the Anthropocene, ecology and sustainability. She seeks to raise vital questions – reimagining relationships, initiating co-creation and breaking norms to disseminate research and community-based learnings.
paula roush is a photographer based in London. She is the founder of msdm, mobile strategies of display & mediation, a London-based House-Studio-Gallery, defined by a triple purpose of living, making and sharing. It is a mobile strategy of place-making and our mission is to create projects that are both sites of display and mediation interweaving artistic practice with research and dialogue, presented in installation and publishing. They are currently studying water as theme and medium that embodies such mobility in visual and material ways. The project titled Liquid Memories is part of Francisco Varela research around the urban area of Pasteleira Water Reservoir and Park in the city of Porto, in Portugal.
Anuradha Pathak is a social art practitioner and design consultant based in Kolkata. She is the Co-Directors of Council for Arts and Social Practice (CASP) and conceived programs and activities since 2014. As an artist, she has done several projects in India and abroad and her practice is process-based, ingrained in the concept of communication, building of human relations & interaction, re-focusing issues relevant to the time, geography, local history, politics, ecology, culture and economy in a society. She often writes on art and culture for different art magazines and design books & exhibitions to bring forth archival and research material of organization/institutions into the public sphere.
Bengisu Uykusu is a multidisciplinary artist working in the fields of photography, video and sound-art. She studied at SAE Institute İstanbul (Cinema & TV), Bahcesehir University Music Department (Jazz) and received her BA degree from Istanbul Bilgi University (Music). She also went on exchange at the Malmö Music Academy-Electroacoustic Music Composition Department in Sweden. She is currently studying philosophy through Istanbul University-Distance Education Centre. She works for documentary video production companies and advertising agencies. She has participated in a number of group exhibitions and performances in Canada, China, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Sweden, Thailand and Turkey.
Francsco Varela is an architect, visual artist and curator. At the moment, he is attending the Master of Art Studies – Museological and Curatorial Studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto [FBAUP]. Its activity includes exhibitions, installations, video, performing activities and the creation of object books / artist books. Since 2018 he has been developing curatorial activity. He is represented in the National Art Library of the Victoria and Albert Museum and in the Art Library of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Its practice is fundamentally characterized by being a personal reflection on the notion of territory, through the realization of objects of photographic matrix, essay writing and curatorial activity.
Bueno Aires, Argentina
Luciano Piccilli is a sonic and visual artist from Argentina. He holds a degree in Image and Sound Design from Buenos Aires University. He is co-author of Montaña Azul, explorative audiovisual landscape that won the first prize in the Bienal de Diseño de la UBA and was Official Selection for the “Kaleidoscope VR network”, Los Angeles, CA. His works were exhibited at CC San Martín, Palais de Glace, Tecnópolis, Proyecto Tanque, Sur Aural and Ruido/Noise Austin TX. He has completed postgraduate studies in Música Expandida and Arte Sonoro. Nowadays he works as an audiovisual producer in UBA WEB TV.
Jarek Lustych is Polish visual artist (b.1961). He received his MFA degree from Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts; and since then he has been working as a freelance artist. Initially, the main area of his artistic focus was relief printing. Exploring its possibilities and limitations, he has created a series of works that have been shown in Poland and abroad and also in competition presentations. His solo exhibition showed various stages of these experiences – in the changing technical solutions, formats, and in the methods of imaging. After his fifteen-year career in the confined space of printmaking following his basic training, Lustych decided it was time for some change and enriched his practice with an extra dimension in an attempt to redefine the perception area of art. Since then, he has participated in several international site-specific symposiums and artist-in-residency programmes making sculptures, installations and organizing street actions / interventions. Twice he received the Polish ministerial scholarships, but the most creative so far were his stays in VillaWaldberta AiR (Germany) & A4 AiR – Luxlakes A4 Art Museum, Chengdu, China.
Juan Pablo Pacheco Bejarano is a visual artist and writer from Colombia, currently working across Europe. Through texts, videos, and web projects his research investigates the entanglements between technology and ecology, the territorial dimensions of the technosphere, and the material and poetic relation between water and the internet. He has also produced transdisciplinary laboratories through collaborative work, fostering critical appropriations and experimentations with diverse technologies.
Cultura Plasmic INC is a working class artist from Newcastle upon Tyne creating art that reflects on and critically engages with social and environmental issues including surveillance capitalism, networked culture, digital technology and mental health, consumption, social inequality, and climate crisis. Constructing an elusive multi-pseudonymous practice, she plays with the radical potentialities of anonymity, an aesthetics of disappearance and counter-narratives that push back against a culture of status-seeking, attention-come-distraction, and the elevated individual. Over the last few years she has developed a creative language that uses light and visibility to critique the surveillance capitalism that pervades our communication networks. She formulates metaphors arising from ‘natural’ landscapes to understand digital experiences and processes, bridging online and offline spaces, and highlighting the materiality and environmental cost of digital cultures. Her practice that spans sound art, video art, installation, projection mapping, AR, music and sculpture explores how the body, touch, intimacy and relationships find both presence and absence in our modes of perception.
Parvathi Nayar is a visual artist, writer and poet based in Chennai. She is known for her multidisciplinary art, centred on complex drawing practices, video, installations and photography. Parvathi’s art talks about different engagements with our environment, and the philosophies of inhabiting them. Parvathi has presented her work at prestigious venues such as the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2014-2015); public installations of her work include A Story of Flight, (Jaya He Museum, T2 Terminal, Mumbai airport) and The Music of the Spheres (Chennai Mathematical Institute, 2016). Solos include Atlas of Re-Imaginings (2018, Chennai), At the Heart of the Question (2018, Singapore), Haunted by Waters (2017, Dakshinachitra Museum, Chennai), Dissonant Images: Drawing in Time, (2016, New Delhi), I sing the body electric (2008, Mumbai), Drawing is a Verb (Singapore, 2006).
Kathy Hinde is an audio-visual artist whose practice embraces open methods and evolving processes. Through installations, performances and site-specific experiences, she aims to nurture a deeper and more embodied connection with other species and the earth’s systems. She collaborates with other practitioners and scientists and often actively involves the audience in the creative process.
Kathy joined the Cryptic Artist programme in 2015, is a member of Bristol Experimental Expanded Film (BEEF), a fellow at South West Creative Technology Network and a member of the Rabbit Holes Collective. She received an Ivor Novello Award for Sound Art in 2020.
Denise Rowe is a creative practitioner, ceremonialist and experiential facilitator with over twenty years experience. Denise’s passion is for the deep embodied remembering that is encoded within our beings as part of this living earth. She works with music, dance, prayer and environment as access points for this remembering. Denise’s work has evolved from many intensive emersions into indigenous wisdom, including the hunter gatherers of the Cameroonian rainforest, the mbira tradition in rural Zimbabwe, and her embodied movement practice in the landscapes of Devon, UK. Denise has toured internationally, is co-founder of Trees of Hope and founder of Earth Dances. She works in collaboration with Kennedy Chinyere from Zimbabwe.
Kennedy Chinyere is a musician, mbira player and sculptor who grew up in a traditional family in rural Zimbabwe. Kennedy started playing mbira as a young boy, and has played in many ceremonies and rituals to connect people with the spirit of their ancestors and the spirit of the land. Since 2016 Kennedy has been based in the UK where he performs and teaches mbira music. Kennedy is director of the Trees of Hope eco-learning project in rural Zimbabwe, dedicated to creating a safe space for intergenerational dialogue and to celebrating cultural heritage. He works in collaboration with Denise Rowe.
an evolving tapestry of global creative initiatives centered on water
Waters of Change is a dynamic archive of creative initiatives focusing on Water. This archive will feature a diverse range of artists & creative practitioners from all over the world, bringing to one platform diverse lenses through which to interrogate and respond to the role of water in our individual and collective lives. This digitally accessible platform will also facilitate collaborations between artists, foster engagements between artists and audiences, and invite contributions from viewers across the globe.
Local voices come together in this tapestry of works to provoke a reflection on the criticality of water in everyday lives across global geographies.
An initiative of Disappearing Dialogues Collective and Media Art South Asia in collaboration with House of Imagination and Bath Spa University.