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 extends over two complementary sites, one in the Marais and the other in Montmartre. In partnership with 135 French and international organizations , it welcomes more than 300 artists from all disciplines every month for periods of up to 6 months.
Since its creation in 1965, the Cité internationale des arts has hosted artists from all over the world in residence. It is a place of life open to dialogue between cultures, where artists meet their audiences and professionals.