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Why I do what I do

This website will give you a glimpse into my work as an artist,  community builder and activist. I have been negotiating the world through the lens of a creative entrepreneur for the last two decades. It's been a wonderful journey with a lot of learning and collaborating with people I deeply respect.
In the coming years, I believe that creative thinkers will be crucial to document, stitch, hold and present the world. We are at the very edge of collapse on one side, and of a future that can spin out into unimaginable wonders on the other. I believe we can get to the happier side by working together!

Background

Archana Prasad studied her Bachelors in Painting and Masters in Art History at CKP, Bangalore. She also has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Animation from NID, Ahmedabad. Archana is a Fellow of the Art Think South Asia 2010 program. She was selected as one of nine people by the Goethe-Institut in collaboration with c/o Pop as a video art representative of the electronica music scene across South Asia in 2008. She was the recipient of the German Language Scholarship at Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan – Bangalore in 2008, and can manage a smatting of the language.
The press has been very supportive of Archana’s work. Times of India’s Jury selected her as on of 25 young people of importance for the city of Bangalore. Time Out featured her along with 10 others artists as prime contributors to the city’s cultural landscape. Her TEDx talk at Mumbai, is a good place to see her speak on her journey through some key projects. The Press section on this site will point you more featured articles.

Art, Design & Research

Having spent 2.5 years as a Design Researcher at Microsoft Research India, Archana left the IT world in late 2007 to pursue art full-time. During 2008 she had exhibitions of her work in Berlin, Cologne, Naples as well as in Bangalore. Apart from her formal studio work in drawing, animation and painting, she explores the world of art through multiple ways. Her previous association as lights and video performance artist with one of Bangalore’s early experimental bands –Lounge Piranha and Bobbleheads explore the performance video art space. She has performed at more than 50 events and has toured across several Indian cities with these bands. Additionally she initiated an experimental docu-performative sound and video public intervention project – CitySignals. On weekends she likes to jam with her sci-fi tripping band – The Manjunauts. Recently she has started Poetry Across Borders – a poetry reading circle that has live online links with other cities like NY, Melbourne and Berlin.

Community Building

Archana has been actively engaged with community art practices for the last decade. She is the Founder-Director of Jaaga, a community based urban art, tech and activism project.
Starting as early as 2004 with Standing On Fish a small project involving engaging the public in art on the street to working on Bangalore City Project that aimed to explore ways by which people can connect with the city through cultural practices, she has been exploring the connection between art, community and city for a while now.
She was the Executive Editor of Art & the City, an online journal on the state of the contemporary arts in India. It is instituted by the Goethe Institut, Bangalore. She was the Co-initiator and Facilitator of Samuha an artist initiative and collective that launched on 22.6.09. Archana also spends a significant amount of time with the Crafts Council of Karnataka as a designer and member.