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Amitesh Grover (India, b.1980) studied Live & Digital Arts at University of Arts London, U.K. His work occupies the intermediate space between Theatre, Performance, and Interactive Art. His work has a strong orientation towards experiencing a radical form of proximity. He creates intimate art to explore the conditions of being near or close by. He has created work on grief, on sleep, on happiness, and on several other ephemeral grounds of knowledge. His works are performance-based meditations, and are shown internationally at festivals and in theatres, galleries, public spaces, and on the internet. 

He is the recipient of MASH FICA Award for New Media Artist (2019), and was recently announced as Artistic Director for ITFOK Theatre Festival, Kerala 2020. He has received Bismillah Khan National Award (India, 2008) and was nominated for Arte Laguna Prize (Italy 2018), and Forecast Award (HKW, Germany 2015). He has been on numerous residencies including PACT Zollverein (Germany 2018), Tokyo Culture Creation Project (Japan, 2013), KMAT Residency (Australia, 2011), and Prohelvetia AIR (Switzerland, 2008). He has given prominent talks on his work at Performance Studies International ’23 (Germany, 2017), University of Exeter (U.K. 2016), Lasalle College of Art (Singapore, 2016), National Drama Theatre (Lithuania, 2016), Cornell University (U.S. 2011), among others.

At present, he is Assistant Professor at National School of Drama (India), and leads a course on Interactive Art (M.F.A.) at Shiv Nadar University. He is visiting faculty at National Institute of Design, and School of Planning & Architecture. He is NSD alumnus and CWIT scholar. His work, thoughts, and press reviews are available online <www.amiteshgrover.com> Email : amiteshgrover@gmail.com

 

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES  

  • Artistic Director, ITFoK Theatre Festival Kerala (India, 2019)

  • MASH FICA Award for New Media Artist (India, 2019)

  • Artist-in-Residence, PACT Zollverein Essen, (Germany, 2018)

  • Prix Ars Electronica Award Nomination by Irini Papadimitriou (Interactive Art + category, 2016)

  • Forecast Award at Haus Der Kulteren Der Welt (Germany, 2015)

  • 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 (United States, 2011)

  • KMAT Artist Residency, VCA Melbourne (Australia, 2011)

  • YCE Award Nomination, British Arts Council (India, 2010)

  • Bismillah Khan National Award (India, 2009)

  • Emerging Director Award, Theatre Festival Edinburgh (U.K. 2009)

  • Pro Helvetia Artist Residency (Switzerland, 2008)

  • Charles Wallace Scholarship Award (United Kingdom, 2005)

ARTIST TALKS

  • Ahmedabad University, Gujarat, Change & The Arts, 2019

  • Delhi, Serendipity Arts Foundation. Artist Talk. 2019

  • Chennai, Apparao Galleries, Talk on Interactive Art. 2019

  • Delhi, Indent Festival, Talk on ‘Wet Futures: Technology and Art’. 2019

  • Delhi, Premaya Art Foundation, Talk at The Whims of Future, curated by Premjish Achari. 2019

  • Kolkata, Presidency College & Jadavpur University, Artist Talk. 2018

  • Delhi, BodySpaceTime: FICA Reading Room. 2018

  • Essen Germany: Impact ’17, International Transdisciplinary Symposium at PACT Zollverein. 2017

  • Delhi, India: 'Living On An Incline', a 2-days programme of artists talks and presentations at Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. 2017

  • Hamburg, Germany: ‘Performing Excess’ at Overflow conference as part of Performance Studies International '23. 2017

  • Exeter, United Kingdom: ‘Performapedia’ - On Audience, Experience, Desire, at University of Exeter. 2016

  • Singapore: 'Collecting To Implode' - on collectivising as art practice, CAMP, Lasalle College of Art. 2016

  • Vilnius, Lithuania: Presentation of own works, Lithuanian National Drama Theatre. 2016

  • Delhi, India: 'New Performance', National Theatre Festival. 2015

  • Bochum, Germany: Presentation of own works, Bochum University. 2015

  • Tokyo, Japan: Presentation of own works, Tokyo Culture Creation Project. 2013

  • Brisbane, Australia: Presentation of own works, Brisbane Powerhouse. 2013

  • Ithaca, United States: Presentation of own works, Hartell Gallery, Cornell University. 2011

  • Kerela, India: 'Art & Technology', International Theatre Festival of Kerela. 2009