Festival curators Khayal and Proiti Seal Acharya (Media Art South Asia) outline the key themes and share details about the artists, the online exhibition, the panel discussions and the workshop. Hannah Loué, Charge de Projets – Département Numérique, French Institute Paris, introduces Novembre Numerique, the yearly initiative by Institut Francais to facilitate critical engagement with digital culture across the globe.  Jean-François Hans, Director,  Asie Océanie de la fondation des Alliances Francaises, talks about the Alliance Francaise’s work in Asia, fostering intercultural exchanges within the region and beyond.  Gael de Kerguenec, Director, Alliance Francaise Ahmedabad highlights <de> confine as one of the first collaborations between the Alliance Francaises across South Asia, and reveals plans to build on this for future events.

The session ends with a virtual walk through the exhibition, conducted by the curators. 

Pauline Fournier speaks about her involvement with theToulouse Hacker Space Factory, an alternative platform that explores free software and hardware, Do It Yourself philosophies, reappropriation of technologies, art and science, defense of rights and freedoms on the internet, computer security, media and citizen investigation, and politics and society. This meeting of diverse practices is structured around conferences, workshops, exhibitions, installations, performances, concerts, and workshops, as well as a 24-hour hacker residency. Through these events, it caters not only to its participants, but to general audiences as well: allowing everyone to discover, question, build and share a unique artistic landscape.

Aired on  Nov 8, 2020 | 17.30 IST

Anushka Rajendran shares her experiences in developing digital exhibitions, and talks about the changes necessitated by this format and their effect on her curatorial process. She also talks about possible long-term impacts of these changes on the art world itself. 

In conversation with Khayal and Proiti Seal Acharya | Aired on Nov 20, 2020 | 17.30 IST

Danushka Marasinghe sheds light on contemporary media arts in Sri Lanka, and discusses his background and  the historical and societal influences on his work. 

Moderated by Bruno Duparc, Head of the French Cultural Network in Sri Lanka and the Maldives | Aired on Nov 22, 2020 | 18.30 IST

Nepali artist Bidhata K.C. reflects on her foray into the media arts, in the context of contemporary arts in Nepal. She talks about ‘Aadhar’, her first experimental video piece, and reflects on her creative process.

Moderated by Anne-Laure Petit, Director, Alliance Francaise Kathmandu | Nov 28, 2020 | 18.30 IST

Jasmine and Aisha George (Hidden Pockets, Bangalore), and Natacha (In Common, France), shed light on how their respective projects leverage technology to benefit local communities. Jasmine and Aisha speak about their use of podcasts in regional languages to spread awareness about sex and reproductive health among school children, and community mapping initiatives that radically reimagine the configurations of urban maps. Natacha speaks about the significance of cooperative data libraries and their role in bringing such mapping initiatives under one roof. 

Moderated by Proiti Seal Acharya, co-curator | Aired on Nov 7, 2020 | 17.30 IST

Pierre Jean Giloux discusses the concept of metabolism, a  movement in Japan in the 60s, at the intersections of the biological, material, virtual and real world and how he interpreted in a visual form. He shares insight on his creative processes, and his ongoing project in India. 

Moderated by Eva Martin, Director,  Alliance Française, Trivandrum | Aired on Nov 10, 17.30 IST

Amay Kataria talks about his background, his fascination with repurposing technology, his work ‘Mom I’m safe’ and how it exists across multiple modes. He discusses the need for empathy on digital platforms and how digital artworks are able to mutate as required by circumstances. 

In conversation with Khayal | Nov 21, 2020 | 17.30 IST

Parvathi Nayar talks about how she explores water as a subject in her practice, how to adapt physical works for a digital platform and the creative process behind her three part video series featured on <de>confine. 

Moderated by Bruno Plasse, Director, Alliance Francaise, Chennai | Aired on Nov 27, 2020 | 17.30 IST

Beatrice de Fays and Mathieu Constans talk about their practice, situated between the material and the immaterial : their earlier performative works and the current work in progress, which fuses Augmented Reality and painting.

Moderated by Samuel Berthet, Director, Alliance Francaise, Hyderabad | Nov 29, 2020 | 17.30

Vincent Moon discusses the philosophy that drives his work, his views on the creative common license, the idea of ‘copyleft’, his engagement with ethnography, and his project with Priscilla Telmon Petites Planetes, which is an archive of films and music that they document, available for free. He also shares insights on their film Tajalli: Shahi Qawwals of Ahmer, which premiered on <de>confine. 

Moderated by Thomas Simoes, Director of Alliance Francaise, Bhopal and Khayal, co-curator | Aired on Nov 7, 2020 | 18.30 IST

Justine Emard talks about her body of works (performances and video installations) and how they explore notions of coexistence between new technologies and humans, assigning concepts such as soul, life and rebirth to technologies (AI and humanoid). She presents a non-anthropocentric view, calling for a recalibration of human perceptions of robots and technology. 

Moderated by Khayal |  Aired on Nov 11, 2020 | 17.30 IST

Palash Bhattacharjee discusses his background, his artistic process, his influences and plans for the future. Nadia Samndani shares her experiences in organising the Dhaka Art Summit, and the rising global interest in South Asian art. Both speakers also shed light on the contemporary arts scene in Bangladesh, with a special focus on Chittagong.

Moderated by Dr. Selvam Thorez, Director, Alliance Francaise, Chittagong | Aired on Nov 22, 2020 | 17.30 IST

Faisal Anwar, in conversation with Premjish Achari, discusses his artistic process, focusing on data driven art and the ethical use of social media. He also shares insights on the possibilities for creating dynamic interactive art on digital platforms.

Moderated by Proiti Seal Acharya | Aired on Nov 28, 2020 | 17.30 IST

Curators of the festival, Khayal and Proiti Seal Acharya will deliver the closing note and announce the open call for media artists in South Asia in presence of M. Emmanuel LEBRUN-DAMIENS, counsellor for Education, Science and Culture at the French Embassy in India. The discussion with the counsellor shall throw light on the happenings of the festival and some ideas for future collaborations in the subcontinent.