Call for proposals 3: Working digitally in the arts field

Memory is always in the periphery

Which challenges for working digitally in the arts carry your interest?

As visual artists we are interested in pushing the boundaries of spectatorship and think of new modes of dissemination as we are forced to change our social engagements in current times. The digital interface poses a barrier as well as an entry into reality, we seek to explore this negotiation and to think of what is private and intimate within the seclusion of the digital realm?

Why do you want to participate in this call?

Isolation, a solitary experience, got a new meaning due to the pandemic. We seek the collective memory of a very personal moment in history. Through opening up these spaces, the visitor enters and trespasses the private spaces, which were closed off. The window of the screen emerged as a mode to access these spaces. Simulation of a moment in time, by capturing the isolated spaces through the potential of 3d scanning technologies. The technology mediates self – perception. We see the software as a creative tool and not something that just imitates reality, but an intersection between real and digital. Each space is four times removed from reality. The software adds its own messy layer by choosing certain information and lack of it in spaces where depth cannot be ascertained. This fragmented nature of the medium mirrors our reality today evokes a sense of immersion in this dislocated non-physical world. trailer -

How could your work on these challenges have an impact towards fairness and sustainability in the arts of Flanders and Brussels?

We connect to the approach of Flanders art institute of unanimity, diversity in the world. The pandemic in a sense made us question our position as artists and we wanted to approach the digital through the medium of photogrammetry. As it is an accessible medium to everyone who owns a mobile phone, using a free software we hoped to democratise the process. The photogrammetry models are not only grounded to the material world but goes beyond it. To create a different type of immersion, where each isolation room holds it’s own emotional quotient. Mapping of emotions within the space, which then transcends into the viewers experience. Through this work we wanted to pose the question of everchanging reality in digital times. Questioning what it means to have a nostalgia of a moment and how the digital space works as an archive of today’s reality for tomorrow. Fostering community around the new media, the data collection generates an archival moment tying geographies of enclosed spaces together.

Contact details

Aditi Kulkarni, Payal Arya and Collaborators. email -