Artist Statement

Amitesh Grover is a Time-based artist.

He directs, curates, and collaborates to create performance situations. His recent interest is in evolving the format called 'Performapedia' (Performance as a mode for knowing) which invites the public into contractual associations with events, sites, speculations, and alternative archives. His work has been shown in United States, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, England, Mexico, China, Philippines, Romania, Pakistan, Oman and India. At present, he holds the post of Assistant Professor at National School of Drama, India and is an independent artist.

I have a deep interest in 'knowledge of the everyday'.

I notice that there are forms of knowledge that are activated only through the performative. These forms take the shape of activity - sleeping, occupying, mourning, retelling, forgetting, dissenting, circulating, and so on. They unleash a new set of possibilties and alignments into play only when the performative - the ‘act’ itself - is activated.

I invite curators, scientists, philosophers, hackers, gamers, artists, stock-brokers, cleaners, any expert with a specialised knowledge that runs our world. I work across cultures and technologies; both are conduits, receptors, compressors, broadcasters at once.

What especially interests me in my work is the articulation of ‘consequence’ which 'acts' trigger, from one part of the world to another.

Contact

Curriculum Vitae

projects

live art
& installation

On Mourning Nameless Here For Evermore Exhibition, Khoj Studios, India, 2015

Downtime A Performapedia on Sleep, India & Germany, 2014

Encounter A Talk-Installation, Performance Festival Mannheim, India & Germany, 2014

Mahagonny is Everywhere Durational Performance Event, Bremen Germany, 2012

I Hate My Body Gender/Endurance Performance, WCA London & KhojLive Festival Delhi, 2009

interactive art

Gnomicity CCTV-Public/Internet/Video-screen, Arte Laguna Exhibition, Italy, 2013

H.O.M.E. Translation/Projection/Mobility, Rote Fabrik Artist Studios, Switzerland, 2008

art-game

The Case Networked Action-Game, FLOH, Bangalore, Mumbai & Delhi, 2013

4/7 Networked Game-Play Event, KhojLive Performance Art Festival, Pakistan & India, 2012

Brick-Play Networked Time-Game, The Brick Festival, United States & India, 2013

Crowd Sourced Condo, Hartell Gallery NY, Mexico, India & United States, 2011

Social Gaming Public-Gaming, Arts Centre Melbourne, Philippines, Australia & India, 2011

Sandpit Public-Gaming & Promenade-Play, National Theatre London, England & India, 2010

theatre

Tenderness Writing & Direction, National School of Drama, 2012

Drive Co-Direction with Denis Maillefer, Theatre-en-Flammes, Switzerland, NSD, 2011

Strange Lines Design & Direction, National Theatre Festival, Switzerland & India, 2010

Lady M Interactive Design, 12th National Theatre Festival, Delhi & ITFOK Kerala, 2010

Hamlet Quartet Design & Direction, SNA Festival India & GATS Theatre Festival China, 2009

Romeo & Juliet Space Design, ITI Theatre Festival Bucharest, Romania, 2009

Electronic City Design & Direction, 10th National Theatre Festival India, 2008

Memorable Equinox Design & Direction, British Arts Council, India, 2007

Hand Over Fist Interactive Design, United Nations Development Programme, 2007

education

MA (Live & Digital Arts), University of Arts London, UK 2006

MA (Theatre Direction), National School of Drama, India 2004

BA (Hons.) Economics, University of Delhi, India 2001

Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, New Delhi, India 1998

awards
& residencies

Invited Artist, Tokyo Culture Creation Project, Japan, 2013

Artist Visitor, Theatretreffen, Germany, 2013

Arte Laguna Prize Finalists Exhibition, Italy, 2013

Visiting Artist Lecture, Cornell University, NY United States, 2011

KMAT Artist Residency, VCA Melbourne, Australia, 2011

YCE Award Nomination, British Arts Council, 2010

National Award for Emerging Director, Sangeet Natak Akademi, India, 2009

Emerging Director Award, Theatre Festival Edinburgh, 2009

Pro Helvetia Artist Residency, Zurich, Switzerland, 2008

Charles Wallace Scholarship Award, United Kingdom, 2005

jury
member

Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art Public Art Grant India 2014

ITFOK Theatre Festival Kerala India 2012

PRO HELVETIA Art Residency Grant 2010

THEATERSPEKTAKEL Zurich New Performance Language Award 2008

published
essays

Shakespeare & Silence Casting the Myth of Shakespeare in India, Shakespeare Society of India, 2013

Performance, Entre-Nous Post-reform performance in India, Art & The City Journal, 2011

Ramlila to Prithvi A Renewed Case For Ritual & Festival in India, Habitat Art Quarterly (Spring), 2009

Missed Bodies Splitting Type/Cast Seagull Theatre Quarterly Ed.21, 2007

teaching

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Design & Direction, National School of Drama, India

Course Leader (Interactive Art), Arts & Design Dept, Shiv Nadar University, India

Visiting Faculty (Performing Architecture), School of Planning & Architecture, India

Visiting Faculty, Dept of New Media & Animation, National Institute of Design, India