Nandita Kumar

Intersection of Artist Researcher+ Environmental Science+Technology

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Nandita Kumar is a new-media artist who works at the intersection of art, science, technology and community to creates interactive installations. She explores the elemental process through which human beings construct meaning from their experiences, by creating sensory narratives through the usage of sound, film/ animation, and performance, smartphone apps, customized motherboards, solar/microwave sensors. Her interest lies in propelling the human race towards sustainable development, which not only focuses on environmental protection but also social development. Her process envisions a desirable future state for human societies in which living conditions and resource-use continue to meet human needs without undermining the “integrity, stability and beauty” of natural biotic systems. She employs technology as though it were a natural element in an extended ecosystem. Her works as a result are hybrids, rooted simultaneously in human nature while a pervasive electronic layer is integrated seamlessly.

Nandita has shown in Pompidou, ZKM, Kiasma, KNMA, LACMA, REDCAT, ISEA, Jeu de Paume, Rome International Film Festival, Sydney Underground, The International Animation Film Festival Stuttgart, Anthology Film Archives NY, New Technolgy Art Award(NTAA), RedCat. “Ghar Pe/At Home” (2011-2012), a community art project she curated, has been documented online by Asian Art Archive (Hong Kong). She has received the ASU LEONARDO Imagination Fellowship and shown her work at UNESCO Future Literacy.  She has also been a speaker at TEDx and MOCA, Sydney.