The 2019 edition of PAIR partners with Cité internationale des arts, Paris awarded Hemant Sreekumar a three-month-long residency at the eminent institution. Hemant Sreekumar was chosen as the recipient for his interest in developing projects requiring cutting-edge technology, likely to be present in France. Sreekumar was nominated by a jury comprising Nancy Adajania (Cultural Theorist and Curator), Sabih Ahmed (Senior Researcher, Asia Art Archive), Meena Vari (Dean, Contemporary Art and Curatorial Practice, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology) and Anushka Rajendran (Associate Curator, PRAF).
Hemant Sreekumar is an indian artist from bangalore. He has a background in art history, fine arts and digital media. He does performance art with synthetic audio using principles of emergence + also produces visual media including prints and light based works. His works respond to notions of decay, generative bias and loss of semantics.
'Content' by Hemant Sreekumar, a recipient of the 2019 edition of PAIR.
'The album 'Content' was composed, optimised and recorded during Hemant’s residency in Paris, at the Cité internationale des arts in autumn/winter 2019. The album works with the duality of the word 'Content' i.e. of 'being satisfied' while also 'being within a channel'. The compositions attempt to capture this intense dual experience of calmness and catharsis created by constant connectivity. The sounds capture the purest emotions towards the objectification of the user into content.
A concept album recorded on audio cassettes with abstract sounds.
Album is now available online - https://www.everyoneiscontent.com/
The Cité internationale des arts is a charitable foundation, which was founded in 1965: today it is the largest artist-in-residence center in the world. Thanks to an ideal location in the centre of Paris and its commitment to put the artist at the heart of the project, the “Cité” is a key player, both on the Parisian and international cultural scenes. Artists of all ages and from every discipline come from the four corners of the globe to its complementary sites in the Marais and Montmartre districts for residencies lasting from two months to a year.
This ambitious project, born out of the desire to bring together artists from all over the world in Paris, grants the “Cité” a unique status, one which encourages exchange, artistic crossovers and creativity in general. It is a place to live and work that is open to dialogue between different cultures and where artists can meet their public and other professionals.