Monday, September 26, 2022

Smarter Digital Realities

SDR Dhaka is the part of Smarter Digital Realities, which is a project conceived and conceptualised by Sandbox Collective in collaboration with Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore, curated by Padmini Ray Murray, and facilitated by Michaela Talwar (Harkat Studios, Mumbai), Najmun Nahar Keya (Dhaka), and Trishla Talera (TIFA Working Studios, Pune). 21 invited artists from 4 cities - Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, and Dhaka - came together in this hybrid residency programme, spending time online and offline reflecting upon their relationship with the urban and how experiences of the city have increasingly been mediated by the digital - at scale, or for themselves individually. Through two phases of the residency, a host of amazing speakers from India, Dhaka and Germany shared their work and processes with our residents.

Meet The Team

Najmun Nahar Keya Facilitator |  Smarter Digital Realities

Najmun Nahar Keya Facilitator |  Smarter Digital Realities, Dhaka Najmun Nahar Keya completed her MFA from Tokyo University of The Arts and Faculty of Fine Art,...

Padmini Ray Murray | Sandbox Collective

Creative practitioner and founder of Design Beku, Padmini Ray Murray’s amazing curation brought together Smarter Digital Realities, an online residency programme conceived and conceptualised by Sandbox Collective, in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Bangalore/ Max Mueller Bhavan.

Padmini established the first degree level digital humanities programme in India at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology where she was course director from 2016-2018. She was the recipient of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Unbox Fellowship (2012-13) and the co-investigator with Claire Squires on The Book Unbound, also funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. She was co-investigator on Gendering the Smart City with Professor Ayona Dutta, and the digital lead on Two Centuries of Indian Print, a project in collaboration with the British Library and Jadavpur University. She served as a trustee for Wikimedia UK from 2013-2014, and led a research project in collaboration with the British Library and Jadavpur University. She served as a trustee for Wikimedia UK from 2013-2014, and led a research project on platform governance and design for the Ekstep Foundation in 2018.
As a creative practitioner, Padmini creates new media work which reflects her research and interests, such as Darshan Diversion (with KV Ketan and Joel Johnson), a feminist videogame about the Sabarimala temple controversy (2016); Halt The Hate (with Pratyush Raman) an interactive database of crimes against minorities for Amnesty India (2017); Visualising Cybersecurity – a Hewlett funded project that aims to alter how cybersecurity is depicted and discussed in the media (with the Centre for Internet and Society and Paulanthony George), and A is for AI: A Dictionary of AI (with Pratyush Raman, 2020); On Affecting the Archive (as artist in residence at Serendipity Arts Festival, 2020). She is currently curating Smarter Digital Realitiesand performing Abhi.Neta Aayenge (as part of Last Seen) a digital theatrical work developed under the aegis of Refunction, a grant for experimental work online awarded by the Goethe Institut in 2020, as well as working on a commission for the NEoN Digital Arts festival in Dundee, Scotland.