Closing Note

Closing Note

29th November 2020 | 18h30 IST – 14h00 CET

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.




Contemplating a shifting
digital culture in the Arts

Anushka Rajendran (India), Curator | 20th November 2020

Researcher and Curator Anushka Rajendran will share her insights on curating digital exhibitions, and discuss the implications of the format for South Asian arts especially in the current times of crisis. What is the future of media and digital arts? With Khayal and Proiti Seal Acharya (Media Art South Asia) | 20th November, 5.30 pm

Anushka Rajendran is a curator and art writer based in New Delhi. She is the curator for Prameya Art Foundation (PRAF), a not-for-profit arts organisation based in New Delhi committed to approaches that enable audience-thinking for contemporary art in India. She is also the Festival Curator of the 2021 edition of Colomboscope and was assistant curator for Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018. As a research scholar, Anushka is completing her PhD in Visual Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research traces how the notion of ‘public’ has acquired alternative significance to contemporary Indian art since 2004. Her previous MPhil research focused on the adoption of installation art by artists in India in the early 1990s to address collective and personal trauma. For her curatorial practice, she has been awarded fellowships that supported residencies with Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Aomori, Japan; the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York (by Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation); and Theertha International Artists’ Collective, Colombo. Her contribution as an art writer and editor was recognized in 2015 when she received the Art Scribes Award for emerging/mid-career art writers of Indian origin. 




Alternate Media Art Cultures

Toulouse Hacker Space Factory with Pauline Fournier, Curator | 8th Nov 2020, 5.30 PM

For the past decade, THSF has been a meeting place for different kinds of hacker cultures. The festival has invited groups working on 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.
Please note that the conversation will be in French.

Pauline Fournier is a French curator, who co-organised Toulouse Hacker Space Factory for five years. On her arrival in Toulouse after studying Arts and Culture, Pauline pushed and widened the scope of Tetalab, a Toulouse hackerspace, fanned by her curiosity about the field. Over the years, she observed, understood, helped, and co-organised several editions of the Toulouse Hacker Space Factory festival.


Open Source Cultures

Panel Discussion

Open Source Mapping

Natacha (Project Incommon), Aisha and Jasmine (Hidden Pockets) | 7th Nov 2020, 5.30 PM

Jasmine and Aisha George (Hidden Pockets, Bangalore) in conversation with Natacha (In Common, France), on leveraging technology to benefit local communities. Moderated by Proiti Seal Acharya, co-curator, Deconfine | 7th November, Saturday | 5.30 pm

Project Incommon

IN COMMON is a cooperative data library that allows civil society and social economy actors to map and share their data. The IN COMMON project brings together different community mapping projects, it aims to share information on community resources and to support the articulation of citizens’ movements around a shared platform.

IN COMMON aims to:

  • Use free software to defend the Commons.
  • Enable the public to regain control over our data,
  • Pooling the maintenance of this information and technical capacities.
  • Amplify the use of this information to help trigger social transformation.

Natacha is active in free software communities, and in related academic and art practices. She has been an active member of several groups producing critical software, alternative social media and art installations in Europe, such as Experientiae Electricae, Constant vzw, and She recently co-founded the research organization Petites Singularites in Brussels, which concentrates on the specificities of free software and particularly its benefits to collective practices.

Hidden Pockets

Hidden Pockets Collective is an India based charity organisation run by young people focussed on rights based framework on abortion and adolescent sexuality. It conducts research and gathers community driven information on sexual and reproductive health and helps policy makers in making community assisted decisions.  

Aisha Lovely George is the Fellow of the Unleash Innovation Lab,Copenhagen and the Fellow of Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP), India. She is also a Trained Peer Educator by Enfold, India. As an Executive Coordinator at Hidden Pockets Collective for the last 4 years she has budgeted, coordinated and executed various projects. As a trained counsellor and a trained sexuality educator, Aisha has been developing Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) curriculums in India. She has been using audio podcast methods to educate young people in government schools and underserved communities. She has been awarded for her contributions by Digital Empowerment Foundation’s (DEF) Social Media for Empowerment Award and Population First’s Laadli Award.

Jasmine Lovely George is a lawyer, TEDx Speaker and sexual and reproductive health advocate who sees social value in technology. As a feminist activist she is working on Sexual and Reproductive Rights as a member of RESURJ – an international feminist collective. She founded the Hidden Pockets Collective and currently works as the Coordinator of Knowledge Production. The collective works within the intersection of sustainable development, health and cities. She is a fellow of Women Deliver, and also received the YCI Rise Up Fellowship.




6th November 2020 | 17h30 IST – 13h00 CET

The inaugural session of confine will introduce audiences to the festival.

Festival curators Khayal and Proiti Seal Acharya (Media Art South Asia)
will outline the key themes and share details about the artists, the online exhibition, the panel discussions and the workshop. 
The session will be attended by representatives of all partner organisations. 

Hannah Loué, Charge de Projets – Département Numérique, French Institute Paris,
will introduce Novembre Numerique, the yearly initiative by Institut Francais to facilitate critical engagement with digital culture across the globe. confine is a response to the vision outlined by Novembre Numerique.

Jean-François Hans, Director,  Asie Océanie de la fondation des Alliances Francaises,
will talk about the Alliance Francaise’s work in Asia, fostering intercultural exchanges within the region and beyond. 

Gael de Kerguenec, Director, Alliance Francaise Ahmedabad
will highlight  confine as one of the first collaborations between the Alliance Francaises across South Asia, and reveal plans to build on this for future events.

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