NEWS


2019-2016
3.2019 / INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION FUND - WEB SERIES PROGRAM

I have been invited to participate in the pre-selection jury for the IPF's Web Series Program (aka Scripted Short Form Digital Series) in March. The program provides equity financing for content creators of original Canadian drama series for the web or mobile platforms.


10.2018 - 1. 2019 / Philip Beesley Architects - Installation

I recently volunteered to work in Philip Beesley's studio for several weeks, helping with fabrication for an upcoming Philip Beesley Architects installation -- commissioned for a tour beginning in Vienna. Philip Beesley creates sculptural environments made of 3D laser printed forms embedded with AI. His approach to structures and space falls within the emerging field of responsive architecture.


09.2017 / Toronto ARTHOUSE FILM FESTIVAL

I had the privilege of serving as a juror for the up-and-coming Toronto Arthouse Film Festival this year... such a great experience.


5.2016 / ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL ADVISOR & JUROR

I was invited by the Ontario Arts Council - Media Arts (Organizations) Project Grants and the Media Arts (Organizations) Multi-Year Funding programs to serve as a juror and advisor on the panels.


2015-2011
3/10.08.2015 / PAN AM & PARAPAN AM GAMES

"CYOA Rhythms" was exhibited as part of the IGNITE exhibition series. Commissioned by the City of Mississauga (a Toronto Satellite city) for a group exhibit for the Pan Am & ParaPan Am Games, the work was installed at Mississauga's Celebration Square on Aug 3 & 10 from 8am - 8pm.

Hosted by the Art Gallery of Mississauga, an artist talk on 'ideas of cultural citizenship' related to the work, was held Jul 27 @ 1pm via Twitter chat using hashtag #sharethelovesauga.


16-30.09.2014 / TRINIDAD & TOBAGO FILM FESTIVAL 

"CYOA Rhythms" was exhibited at the Medulla Art Gallery, Port of Spain as part of the New Media Program within the 2014 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival.


04.05.2014 / the Carnival Project

"CYOA Rhythms" video installation was exhibited as part of The Carnival Project event @ Littlefield (Gowanus) Brooklyn New York, hosted by Batala NYC on May 4.


28.02.2014 / INSERT2014

A site-specific proposal of my "Confessions of an Insomniac" installation was included in the symposium's research cell, New Models for Common Ground. INSERT2014 ran from Jan 31-Feb 28 at Mati Ghar, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi.


01.04.2013 / SARAI 09: PROJECTIONS

My essay, "Taking Flight: Perspectives from the Depths of an Ideas Factory" was included in the Sarai 09: Projections reader. The reader series was developed by Sarai, the media arm of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi.

RECENT 
EXHIBITIONS

PAN AM 
& PARAPAN AM 
GAMES


share the love

2015
CELEBRATION SQUARE, MISSISSAUGA
3 & 10.8.2015
(COMMISSIONED BY THE CITY OF MISSISSAUGA)

ABOUT SHARE THE LOVE

SHARE THE LOVE was a city-wide interactive art exhibition, running for the 22-day duration of the Pan Am & ParaPan Am Games to celebrate the spirit of the games.

The CYOA Rhythms video installation was presented as part of the IGNITE exhibition series. Commissioned by the City of Mississauga (a Toronto satellite city), the installation was shown on the 28′ x 16′ screens @ Mississauga’s Celebration Square on Aug 3 & 10 @ 9am-9pm.

Hosted by the Art Gallery of Mississauga, an artist talk on ‘ideas of cultural citizenship’ was held on Jul 27 @12-1pm via Twitter chat, using hashtag #sharethelovesauga.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 
FILM FESTIVAL


new media program

2014
MEDULLA ART GALLERY, WOODBROOK
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD

IMAGE: TTFF 2014

The video installation, CYOA Rhythms, was included in the New Media Program of the 2014 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival.


ABOUT TTFF

The Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival is currently the largest film Festival in the English Caribbean. It is 2 weeks in length, international in scope and showcases feature, narrative, documentary, short and experimental films from the English, French, Spanish, Dutch Caribbean and the region's diaspora.

The Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival helps facilitate the growth of the Caribbean film industry through workshops, panel discussions, conferences and networking events. In 2013, TTFF co-hosted a 3-day UNESCO conference to foster and promote the intangible benefits of the Caribbean Film industry - cultural diversity, dialogue, gender equality, economic development and its role in fostering peace across the region.

THE CARNIVAL PROJECT
- BATALA NEW YORK


2014
LITTLEFIELD ECO-CLUB, BROOKLYN (GOWANUS) NEW YORK
4.5.2014


IMAGE: NPR.ORG
ABOUT THE CARNIVAL PROJECT

Part of a larger global education project, Batala New York  is a community platform for music education, cultural integration community interaction. Comprised solely of women, the drumming ensemble plays music commonly heard in the streets of Salvador de Bahia in northeastern Brazil.

The Carnival Project was the organization's inaugural annual event, reinterpreting New World 'carnival' themes through a contemporary fusion of samba-reggae, 50 batala drummers, bagpipers, New Orleans brass and my video installation, CYOA Rhythms.

The event was held at Littlefield, an eco-bar/ performance space located in the still-emerging Gowanus neighbourhood of Brooklyn. Housed in an old warehouse from the 1920s, the space merges Gowanus' industrial past with an eco-friendly future, serving as a beacon of sustainability for further neighbourhood rejuvenation.

INSERT2014 ~
NEW MODELS 
FOR COMMON GROUND


2014
MATI GHAR, INDIRA GANDI NATIONAL CENTRE 
FOR THE ARTS, NEW DELHI
01.31 – 02.28.2014

(IN COLLABORATION WITH INLAKS 
SHIVDASANI FOUNDATION)
IMAGE: INSERT2014

A site-specific proposal of my Confessions of an Insomniac installation was included in the symposium’s research cell, the New Models of Common Ground programme. The site specific installation concept explores themes of inherited legacy and psychological change processes, juxtaposed against the emotional impact of media saturation.undefined


ABOUT INSERT2014

Designed to be a constellation of conversations, the INSERT2014 exhibition and symposium was an attempt to renew focus on the artist as a generator of ideas— examining the social, cultural and geopolitical role of an artist in redefining cultural infrastructure in New Delhi.

The month-long event was billed in the media as an intellectual contrast to the overly commercial India Art Fair running concurrently. INSERT2014 garnered an audience of 10,000 people and cut across a swathe of artist, academic, government/ public sector and diplomatic circles in New Delhi.

SARAI :09
PROJECTIONS


2013
DEVI ART FOUNDATION, (GURGAON) NEW DELHI
8.2012 - 4.2013

A PUBLICATION + EXHIBITION

IMAGE: SARAI

Sarai 09: Projections took the form of a 9-month exhibition (Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi) and a collection of published writings (Sarai-09 Reader). The event proposed projections as an “an incandescent transference – some crossing of a void to effect luminous landings on a distant surface. Without projections we would have no cinema, no city plans, no forecasts, no wagers, no fantasies. Projections convect questions, magnify dreams and illuminate desires.”

I contributed an essay to the reader entitled, Taking Flight: Perspectives from the Depths of an Ideas Factory. The work explores the life of an idea across an ad agency, a social movement and a war zone.The exhibition and reader were developed by Sarai– the media arm of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS, New Delhi). The exhibition was located in proximity to a technology hub and garnered a diverse audience of academics, artists, commercial ‘tech geeks’ and researchers in New Delhi. The Sarai 09: Reader garnered a large international readership across a similar audience of cultural diverse academics, artists and researchers.


ABOUT SARAI READERS

The Sarai Readers were published once a year. Projections is the 9th volume of a 9 volume series. Each issue was structured around a specific theme and invited writing by practitioners, academics, activists and artists from diverse fields.

recent
projects

DEMONS



GENRE  music video  
RUNNING TIME   4:40 min 
YEAR   2019

‘Demons’ is an experimental short FILM/ music video produced in collaboration with Miss O.

SYNOPSIS

A reinterpretation of a young, in love Miss Havisham (Great Expectations). Before she was jilted by her lover, the story tells of a struggle with mental illness.



DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

When we were developing the storyline for “Demons,”  mental illness surfaced as a central idea amongst the narrative approaches we were exploring. We chose to further emphasize the issue of mental illness, because it made the story more interesting to us. We envisioned the protagonist as a young, in love Miss Havisham (Great Expectations), before she was jilted by her lover. We felt a struggle with mental illness fit a more contemporary interpretation of her relationship and wondered how her story might unfold differently. The lyrics of the song become a moment of lucidity, as she reflects on the love of her life and the lack of control she feels.“Demons” uses abstraction and symbols to underpin the story. As the story is told from her perspective, in her voice, we approached the concept using the aesthetic style of a music video. We wanted the audience to discover new details with repeated viewing, so we included layers of detail to deepen the narrative. We very much see “Demons” as an experimental short film.

CYOA RHYTHMS




GENRE
video installation (2 Channel)
RUNNING TIME  8 min  
YEAR 2014

The CYOA series is a 2-channel video work. It is based on 5 independent video works which have been used in different contexts, collaborations and site-specific installations. The intent is to explore shifting the meaning and impact of these video works within different artistic constructions, cultures and contexts.



ARTIST STATEMENT

The work follows ’alien nation’ themes — aliens, alienation, alien integration — which characterized and catalyzed the mindscape and soundscape of the Caribbean, and subsequently Caribbean carnival cultures. Similar themes have been mirrored in the US-UK inner-city immigrant communities of the 70s-80s where rap and hip-hop became the locus of inner-city social transformation. The installation work examines cyclical repetition in migration, globalization, community friction and artistic intervention.CYOA Rhythms was inspired by the ‘scratch video’ movement— video collage projections in 80s London/NYC nightclubs, often constructed from popular TV to create politically subversive meanings. CYOA Rhythms is an homage to these historical times and communities.



EXHIBITIONS

2015  2015 Pan Am & ParaPan Am Games  /  Toronto
2014  Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival  /  Port of Spain
2014  The Carnival Project  /  New York

TAKING FLIGHT:  PERSPECTIVES FROM 
THE DEPTHS OF AN
IDEAS FACTORY




GENRE
thematic essay  
YEAR 2013

Sarai 09: Projections took the form of a 9-month exhibition (Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi) and a collection of published writings (Sarai-09 Reader). The event proposed projections as an “an incandescent transference – some crossing of a void to effect luminous landings on a distant surface. Without projections we would have no cinema, no city plans, no forecasts, no wagers, no fantasies. Projections convect questions, magnify dreams and illuminate desires.”

I contributed an essay to the reader entitled, Taking Flight: Perspectives from the Depths of an Ideas Factory. The work explores the life of an idea across an ad agency, a social movement and a war zone. The exhibition and reader were developed by Sarai – the media arm of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS, New Delhi). The exhibition was located in proximity to a technology hub and garnered a diverse audience of academics, artists, commercial ‘tech geeks’ and researchers in New Delhi. The Sarai 09: Reader garnered a large international readership across a similar audience of cultural diverse academics, artists and researchers.



ABOUT SARAI READERS

The Sarai Readers were published once a year. Projections was the 9th volume of a 9 volume series. Each issue was structured around a specific theme and invited writing by practitioners, academics, activists and artists from diverse fields.



EXHIBITION

2012-13  Sarai: 09 Projections / Devi Art Foundation Gurgaon, New Delhi / in collaboration with RAQS Media Collective


FURTHER READING

8.15.2012  e-flux  

CARNE VALE




genre
 experimental video  
running time  2:24 MIN  
year
 2011

A short experimental video of carnival and circus impressions, fusing elements of mixed media, painting and video. The imagery is layered and abstracted as if looking at a carnival though the wings of a dragonfly.



ARTIST STATEMENT

While the origin of the term ‘carnival’ is believed to be Italian, its original meaning is disputed. Based on folk etymology, one interpretation of the late latin term ‘carne vale’ is ‘a farewell to the flesh’ – an expression suggesting a release of your everyday self in embracing the spirit of the occasion…From the Caribbean carnivals of my parents’ origins, to the amusement park carnivals of my urban Canadian upbringing, many incarnations surrounded me while growing up. Each with a distinct character, yet similar in the emotions they evoked. Softly fractured memories of these experiences have melded to become layered and abstracted. Differing customs and aesthetics have become ambiguous. Their origins unclear…Layered and abstract has somehow begun to characterize my own personal origins. With fragments of influences never rooted in reality, my childhood feels like a tapestry of interwoven occasions, embraced and never fully understood…



EXHIBITION

07-08.2011  The Annual, Living Arts Centre Gallery, Mississauga (in collaboration with SAVAC - South Asian Visual Arts Centre)

mY JOSS PAPER




genreS
 ASSEMABLAGE & PHOTOSERIES 
year  2009

Note: This work has only been exhibited as a photo series due to the level of animosity the assemblage piece evokes. When faced with a brown-skin person burning a Canadian passport (albeit an expired one), the work seems to stoke assumptions of contemporary religious geo-politics and pro-nationalist sentiment.


ARTIST STATEMENT

I like to burn things. Different pages burn differently. Passport pages are unique in how they burn— slow, without curling, retaining their strength. For a business traveler, it is loaded with meaning and I already had several loaded with stamps. The work encapsulates the fundamental tensions between my love to explore, my career responsibilities and how narrowly this document defines me.In parts of SE Asia, largely the boundaries of my travel in this passport, burning real money is considered quite unlucky. Derived from a mix of Taoism, Buddhism and regional folklore, the ritual of burning paper money (“joss paper”) is believed to equate to making deposits in an afterlife bank account. The cultural practice has evolved to burning elaborate constructs of houses, cars and other material possessions in effort to fill an emotional role in the grieving process— helping to make a loved-one’s afterlife more comfortable.



EXHIBITION

05.2009  CONTACT Photography Festival / Launch Projects Gallery, Toronto / photo-series



PUBLICATION

07.2009 ‘Freedom’ issue / Platform58 (UK-based art e-zine)

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