Global Crossings Awards Gallery
|Introduction||Abdel and Amal Kenawy||Hellen Sky||Kibook|
|Kim Machan||Nalini Malani||Regina Celia Pinto||Shilpa Gupta|
|Shilpa Gupta - Global Crossings Award Runner Up|
Untitled | Interactive Projection | 2004
Copyright © Shilpa Gupta
March Free Speech Free Press Free Market March Market Market March Free Speech No Speech No Press Market Market Market march March
Shut and Be. Shut
and Eat. Don’t Interrupt. PRAY.
Dumb-ed in a capitalist society, we enjoy being programmed. We find instant satiation and loss of memory in turning ourselves into puppets. We allow media, electronic extensions of ourselves now in hands of a corporate often with state support nexus to think for us and amputate individual reasoning (McLuhan). Mental and physical activity slips from the mechanical to the mindless deteriorating into fear, chaos and violence against an enemy does not exist in a world where global consent is hijacked to fight a war in search of weapons which were never there. Everybody Bend; Dont Talk, Dont See, Dont Hear. Gandhi said so.
The project recalls a psychology where a combination of healthy physical exercises can help in slow and intense indoctrination of the mind by intense State military drills, local Hindu right wing RSS cadre exercises or new age courses to make you fighting fit.
The interactive loop keeps slipping into mindless violence. Violence – which his no longer just a fashion but is being internalized, morphing the emptied vulnerable self to become a source to project it towards the State, which is no longer the sole entity that has monopoly over the legitimate use of violence.
While Shilpa Gupta’s works are visibly technological, the use of technology is not to throw light on technology but on ordinary experiences. In so doing, technology becomes an essential part of her work, again not because she is using the net as a medium but because she is saying something essential about the net - that the net impregnates our experiences so seamlessly that we are always in the danger of forgetting that it is technology that is mediating between us and the world. It seems to be the case that the most important insights into technology which her work develops are the ways by which technology becomes ‘natural’, something which we take for granted in the same way as the natural world around us.
Shilpa Gupta (b.1976) lives and works in Mumbai where she has participated in shows at Saakshi Gallery, Gallery Chemould, National Gallery of Modern Art and at Lakeeren Art Gallery.
Recent works include *Your Kidney Supermarket*, interactive installation and video on illegal human organ trade which was shown in a bookshop window in Mumbai and later at the Transmediale, Berlin where it received the Interaction award 2004.
She also works in Internet art, for example *Blessed-Bandwidth.net* which was commissioned by the Tate, London (2003) and *Sentiment- Expess.com* which was shown at Century Cities (2001) curated by Geeta Kapur at the Tate Modern.
2006, she will show at Biennial of Sydney, Solo Show - The Blackbox @
ARCO, Madrid, 9th Havana Biennial and Liverpool Biennale. She has participated
in Media City Seoul Biennale and Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial and over
the past ten years she has participated in shows in Berlin, Brisbane,
New York, Beijing, Hoorn, Amsterdam, Auckland, Singapore, Jakarta, Manchester,
Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Melbourne, Toronto, Glasgow, Seoul, Tallinn and Ljubljana.
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