The Guild Art Gallery is delighted to present ‘Organic dreams of electric sheep: Image, Empathy and Pulse: After Philip K. Dick’, previewing at The Guild on Thursday, March 14, 2013.
“Exhibiting the works of Baiju Parthan, Pooja Iranna, Mithu Sen and Gigi Scaria, the exhibit, ‘Organic dreams of electric sheep: Image, Empathy and Pulse: After Philip K. Dick', seeks to weave together an accumulation of questions that are indicated by the transference of images across the forms of photography and video; the implications of such transference on the image or images that make this journey, the subtle and perhaps meta changes that this journey results in for the language of images, as well as the role of the image in language formation (by positing the logic of philosophy as indicated by Wittgenstein against the form of the logic used) and the ethical impulses of images so traveled that distance and reiteration begets the question of our relation to images as ‘electric sheep’, i.e. as fabrications with specific intent.
Thus the works exhibited herein are positioned as ‘electric sheep’; as stand-ins for the focus of the conflict between the empathy and the image and therefore also an implication of the human upon the construct of the non-human, and thus activated by transference across forms resulting in not only a displacement of the image, but also of the displacement of time and of distance. The exhibits asks in effect; if we are implicated in the predominance of the image in our language, and thus also in the consequent separation, fabrication, presentation and animation of images, then what ethical considerations arise when distance mitigates the relations between image as experiential and image as construct and lastly what is the agency of the artistic within the formation of ‘electric sheep’? “ – Renuka Sawhney
Baiju Parthan has an eclectic academic background. Along with degrees in Painting, Botany, Philosophy, and a Post-grad diploma in Comparative mythology, he has done studies in computer game level design at the Pratt Institute Manhattan, USA. Some of his selected group shows include ‘India’, curated by Pieter Tjabbes and Tereza de Arruda, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro and , Brazil and SESC Belenzinho Sao Paulo, Brazil; 'Constructed Realities', curated by Gayatri Sinha at The Guild, Mumbai, 2010; 'The Intuitive: Logic Revisted', from the Osians Collection at The World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland; 'Looking Glass: The Existence of Difference', Twenty Indian Contemporary Artists presented by Religare Arts Initiative, New Delhi in collaboration with American Centre, British Council, Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi; 'The 11th Hour’, An Exhibition curated by Shaheen Merali at Tang Contemporary, Beijing. Parthan’s recent new media installations include Arpeggio for Abbe Faria,- Photography Installation, Benedictine Museum, Fecamp, France; ‘Liquid memory’ new media Installation- Galerie Christian Hosp, Nassereith, Austria.
Born in 1973 in Kothanalloor, Kerala, Gigi Scaria completed his Bachelor’s degree in painting from the College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram, in 1995, and his Master’s degree from Jamia Millia University, New Delhi, in 1998. He was awarded the Inlaks Scholarship in Visual Art, 2012 and Macgeorge Fellowship, Ian Potter Museum, Melbourne, Australia, 2012. Some of his selected shows include 'The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989', Smart Museum of Art at University of Chicago, Chicago, 2013; 'Cynical Love: Life in the Everyday', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, 2012; ‘INDIA- LADO A LADO’, curated by Tereza de Arruda, SESC Belenzinho Sao Paulo, Brazil 2012; ‘India’, curated by Pieter Tjabbes and Tereza de Arruda, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2011; 'Crossroads : India Escalate', India Pavilion at Prague Biennale 5, 2011; 'Everyone Agrees: It's About to Explode', Venice Biennale, Venice, 2011; 3rd Singapore Biennale, 2011; 'Concurrent India', Helsinki Art Museum Tennis Palace, Finland, 2011; 'Finding India: Art for the New century', Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Taipei, 2010; 'Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art', 5th Anniversary Exhibition, Mori Art Museum, Japan, 2008; 'India: Public Places, Private Spaces', Contemporary Photography and Video Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, USA, 2008. Scaria’s solo shows include 'Prisms of Perception', The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 2012; ‘Open Windows Closed Boundaries’, presented by Gallery Chemould, Mumbai at Dubai Art fair, Dubai, 2012; 'Amusement Park', Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, 2009; 'Settlement', Christian Hosp, Berlin, 2009. In 2005, the artist was honoured with the Sanskriti Award in Visual Arts.
Born in 1971 in West Bengal, Mithu Sen received both her bachelors (1995) and master’s degree(1997) from Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan. In 2000, she received a Charles Wallace India Trust (CWIT) fellowship to study at the Glasgow school of art in Scotland, UK for one year. Mithu received the SKODA award 2010 for the best contemporary artist in India. Sen’s recent solo shows include 'Devoid', Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, 2012; ‘In House Adoption', presented by Gallery Nature Morte, New Delhi at Galerie Steph, Singapore, 2012; 'In Transit', curated by Fumio Nanjo, Espace LOUIS VUITTON, Taipei, 2011; 'Nothing Lost in Translation', Nature Morte, Berlin, 2011; 'Black Candy (iforgotmypenisathome)’, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai; School of Art and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 2011; ‘Nothing lost In Translation’, Nature Morte, Berlin 2010. Her selected group shows include ‘The Unknown’, Mediations Biennale, Poznań, Poland, 2012;‘How Am I?’, Kastrupgårdsamlingen Museum ,Copenhagen, 2012; ‘Stargazing’, Rossi n Rossi, London, 2012; ‘Reconstructing (White)3’, The Loft, Bombay, 2012; ‘The Phenomenal World’, Otto Zoo Gallery, Milano, 2012; ‘Cynical Love: Life in the Everyday’, curated by Gayatri Sinha, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art ,Noida, 2012; ‘Crossings’ , curated by Roobina Karode , Kiran Nadar Museum of Art , New Delhi, 2012; 'Generation in Transition: New Art from India', curated by Magda Kardasz, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warszawa, Poland, 2011; 'Homespun', Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, 2011. Her forthcoming projects include solo shows at Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State and at Gallerie Krinzinger, Vienna.
Pooja Iranna received her MFA from College of Art, New Delhi. Her selected awards have been, Charles Wallace India Trust Award, 2002, and the Outstanding Women Achievers Award by (YFLO), a wing of FICCI, India in 2009. She has also been one of the Celeste prize finalists in 2010 for her video ‘Another New Beginning’. Her Solo, ‘Of Human Endeavour’, at The Guild, Mumbai was selected among the twenty shortlisted for Skoda Prize 2010. Her solo, ‘In the Waves and Underneath’, at Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi was shortlisted for Skoda Prize 2011. Some of her solo shows include, ‘In the Waves and Underneath’, at Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi (2010); ‘Of Human Endeavour’, at The Guild, Mumbai (2009); ‘Metamorphic Mathematics’, Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi (2003-04); ‘Reflections’, Wimbledon School of Art, London (2002); ‘House of Cards’, at Art Inc, New Delhi (1999). Her selected group shows include ' Spell of Spill-Utopia of Ecology', curated by Veerangana Solanki, Pallete Gallery, New Delhi (2013); 15th, 'Asian Art Biennale', Bangladesh (2012); 'Video Wednesday II', curated by Gayatri SInha, Gallery Espace, New Delhi (2012); ‘Cynical Love: Life in the Everyday’, curated by Gayatri Sinha, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (2012); ‘Fragility’ curated by Rakhee Balram , Art Alive, Gurgaon, India (2012); ‘Liquid Cities & Temporary Identities’, Video art & architecture event, Netherlands; ‘India Revealed’, curated by Antonio Manfred at Cam Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Naples, Italy; Korea-India Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition, Seoul, Korea and ‘Emerging India’, at the Henry Moore Gallery, London.