Connecting Resonances

Media and time-based arts (e.g. film, video and installation, sound art, and digital art) in the non-Western cultures (e.g. India) have a belated emergence and a shorter history. This postdoctoral project will critically look at the current rise of time-based media arts in India as a case for cross-cultural encounter and artistic exchange and transmission. The primary argument is that, given the spatiotemporally distinct nature of traditional art in India, this unlikely emergence can be seen as a direct effect of an East-West confluence that started in the early part of 20th century through artistic exchanges and cultural transmissions triggered by an escalating interaction between East and West as a result of Europe’s colonial pursuits in India. This confluence will be traced by analyzing some of my own and other relevant works that incorporate media technology tending to negotiate traditionally oral and temporally nonlinear Indian art to conform culturally imperialist pressure of the West. This practice-based approach will help to understand the intensified mobility of artistic methodologies as a result of an early globalization, producing new knowledge in historically relevant cultural exchanges between the East and the West.