Topographies of Resistance
Aarti Jadu, Vishal Kumaraswamy, Nancy Mauro-Flude
1 Nov 2022–30 Jan 2023
Topographies of Resistance
Vishal Kumaraswamy, Aarti Jadu, Nancy Mauro Flude
Curated by Priya Namana
Topographies of resistance, locates the poetic in practices that trace geographies of resistance through sense led questions resting between familiar and unfamiliar spaces. It maps linear tangents back to its circular genealogies and regulates a visceral response to lived experiences of inherited and learnt socio-cultural frameworks and algorithms. The textures of the three works offer insightful internal rhythms that broadly connect to the language of the others.
This audio is an excerpt from a sound artwork Embodiments. Embodiments IRL is a multichannel sound work for pathways and wayfinding, designed to reduce the adverse effects of industrial noise creating places to rest and regulate within urban space. This is reflected online seeing the digital platforms, in particular gallery sites, as a public space. Embodiments in this iteration sits in the transience within the website menu just as it’s designed for physical public intervention, as a rupture in the thick noise of the internet and our thoughts.
This project employs Indian sound theories [rāga music] and knowledge systems, drawing inspiration from Hindu temples where architecture and frequencies correlate with the human body.
Accompanying the installation is a creative program (1 + 2 November 2022) of artistic responses to the work, both performative and interactive, as well as facilitated embodied practices at No Vacancy Gallery. Featuring Tina Stefanou, Jordan Lacey, Rohan Rebeiro, Vinod Prasanna, Zoltan Fecso and Mykah DeRose.
This project was co-produced by the City of Melbourne and Testing Grounds for Test Sites Phase 2, with a trace object exhibited at ACCA for Who's Afraid of Public Space? 2021-2022.
your dataset won't let me thrive / your dataset must die'* are a pair of video essays that seek to counter the mythologies surrounding Artificial Intelligence datasets & machine learning algorithms carried out as a comparative study of the works of the Black Beat Poet Bob Kaufman and the Bahujan (lower caste) poet Siddalingaiah. Words from each poet are input into the text based neural network GPT-2 to generate further linguistic iterations and the failure of the algorithm to generate text drawn from sufficient references to Black & Bahujan literature reveal the encoded biases within its dataset. This is assembled alongside the visual aesthetics drawn from generative AI imagery of brown faces, creative programming & electronically generated sonic textures to trace the origins of encoded biases across multiple machine learning algorithms to the harmful foundational mythologies surrounding Caste & Race.
NANCY MAURO FLUDE
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By engaging with conceptual discussions around critical media philosophy occur alongside experiential engagement with minimal text-based computing practices. It asserts how we are able to be intimate with our own computers and write poetry with their logic. The rationale that coding isn’t something that just happens behind our screens, emphasises an effective way of absorbing how to embody the materiality of language. The artist acknowledges the digital colonialist practices surrounding the computer, the programmer, the relationship they have with each other, and the environments they create together. Using spatial and narrative metaphors illuminates how meaning is created for us and our machines. The work draws from dance and software studies, digital sociology, ecofeminism and materialist Informatics.
Blindside Mobile is a curated online platform for projects in the digital space by Victorian-based creatives.
Image Nancy Mauro-Flude, ./Nancy_Mauro-Flude<br>../A_Crystalline_Sphere (2022)<br>.../runtime 03.26, 2022. Courtesy the artist.
Aarti Jadu is a multidisciplinary sound artist. She began her sound journey in the context of devotional music originating from India. Being a first-generation Australian artist, Aarti’s practice naturally bridges diverse ideologies for the survival of her own integrity. She fervently explores voice through electronics to greater understand energy and its potential in relationship. Her recent work in trauma-informed voice workshops and somatics, along with years of study in yoga and raga music, forged a path to collaborate with neurologists to communicate and discuss matters of human experience, philosophy and science.
Vishal Kumaraswamy is a Bangalore, India based artist & curator working across text, film, sound, performance & computational arts. His works draw from his own Dalit heritage to investigate a range of critical concerns around Caste, Race & Technology. He often employs emergent & experimental technologies to create media-based works across physical & hybrid formats. Vishal has an MA in Photography from Central Saint Martins, London & his works have been shown at The Venice Biennale’s Research Pavilion, Athens Digital Arts Festival, CCS Bard College, Vector Festival, The Royal College of Art, Furtherfield and SITE Gallery Sheffield. Some of his works are distributed by VIVO Media Arts, Vancouver & Vishal has previously been an artist in residence with the US Consulate General Mumbai, Contemporary Calgary in Alberta, SAVAC Toronto, Vital Capacities videoclub UK & Onassis AiR. He is a recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts Transmitter Delhi X Darwin Grant, the Warehouse421 Artistic Research Grant and is a 2022-2024 Research Associate at the Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry. Vishal is the curator in residence at Arts House, City of Melbourne for 2023.
Nancy Mauro-Flude is a performance artist and theorist. She lectures in critical theory of Art and Design practice and leads a Computational Poetics/Choreography studio RMIT University. She was recently guest editor for Runway Journal. Her research and pedagogy focuses on digital literacy through critical and aesthetic applications of network infrastructure to draw upon complex cultural heritage and advance broader understandings of emergent technologies as they arise as key actors in our lives. Her work has been exhibited at Transmediale, Berlin; DarkMofo; Tasmanian Museum of Art; Artspace Sydney; ACCA Melbourne; Ghetto Bienalle, Port au Prince. She is represented by Bett Gallery.
Priya Namana is an Indian contemporary artist, curator and producer living and working on the unceded lands of the people of the Kulin Nations in Naarm. Her practice is enquiry-based and asks emergent questions in the present to probe into possible future ecologies.