Open Call

Open Call for
South Asian Media
and Digital Art Practitioners

Media Art South Asia invites media artists, producers, organisations, curators, researchers, galleries, students and enthusiasts from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Maldives to write to, or send direct messages to fb and Instagram. If you are an artist who wants to be part of a growing database on and build a widespread network of practitioners across South Asia, please fill out the form below. If you are an organisation, please email us. We also look forward to receiving proposals for collaborative ventures.




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.


water exchanges

Water Exchanges

Drawings by Parvathi Nayar, Handdrawn graphite on wooden boards: Neither one nor the other 1, Neither one nor the other 2, With which to cross the rivers, Ripple, Riptide (clockwise on desktop)

Part i

Channels of Reciprocity

Part ii


Part iii

An Ocean In Every Kitchen





Workshop | 30-31 Nov

Fourth Dimension

By Amay Kataria
Digital Media Artist

Our lived experience is primarily event based – a phenomenon that occurs within the bounds of space and time. We perceive the space around us in a three-dimensional way, which is visualized using length, width, and depth. However, mathematically there may be many more dimensions in space that are beyond our ability to perceive. This difficulty in visualising higher dimensions became the premise for inspiring cubists, surrealists, and abstract artists to borrow ideas from higher dimension mathematics and apply it to their practice. In this seminar, we closely deconstructed the visual and spatial properties of a tesseract; an object from the fourth dimensional space into three-dimensional space using Augmented Reality (AR) technology. Participants were introduced to SparkAR, an AR tool to construct their own three-dimensional projections of tesseracts. Consequently, participants were encouraged to utilize this idea of extrapolating spatial dimensions as a metaphor to devise new situations, interventions, associations, and experimental narratives using any tools or mediums that they wished to use.
Selected seven participants were welcomed from several art institutions in India to participate in this workshop. Here is the video documentation of the workshop.




While the exhibition is on, conversations between the participating artists and invited guests from the field will be organised to mediate various facets of media art cultures. These sessions will be released on the website on their respective dates. They will also be streamed on all Alliance Francaise Facebook pages every week, moderated by the curators of Deconfine. Apart from this, the festival will also host discussions with renowned curators and researchers from this domain. 

Inauguration of the festival
Community Empowerment with Open Source Technology
Ethnographic Explorations and the Digital Commons with Vincent Moon
Behind the scenes of Toulouse Hacker Space Factory
Metabolism in Video Art with Pierre-Jean Giloux
Performance, Artificial Intelligence and Video Art with Justine Emard
Contemplating a shifting digital culture in the arts
Technology as Metaphor: Time and Empathy with Amay Kataria
Contemporary Media Art in Bangladesh with Palash Bhattacharjee and Nadia Samdani
Histories of Violence: Irony in Video Art with Danushka Marasinghe
The Making of 'Water Exchange with Parvathi Nayar
Interactive Art and Social Media with Faisal Anwar
Human dependency on technologies with Bidhata KC
InSpace: Storytelling with A.R. and Painting
Closing Note and Open Call




Institut Francais

Institut Français en Inde

The French Institute in India (IFI – Institut français en Inde) is the education, science and culture cooperation service of the Embassy of France in India. It facilitates academic and scientific exchanges between Indian and French higher education institutions, enables student mobility and promotes French language and artistic and cultural partnerships.

Cooperation between India and France takes place through a number of sectors: Arts & CultureBooks & IdeasFrench Language & EducationStudy in FranceAcademic PartnershipsScience & Technology, as well as Innovation and Multimedia. IFI acts as a matchmaker in the exchange of expertise, strengthening connections among private companies and public institutions between France and India.

Through Campus France, IFI offers a specific service geared towards students, which can be accessed in 12 offices across India. Campus France officers provide students free counselling services. They facilitate admission procedures and visa formalities and liaise with French institutions for student applications. Campus France holds biannual education fairs where students intending to study in France are invited to meet representatives of top institutions one-on-one.


Alliance Francaise

Alliance Française Network

Alliance Française in India

The Alliance Françaises in India are local chapters of the worldwide network of Alliance Française which was founded in 1883 in Paris to promote French language and culture around the world. Its 834 branches, including the 14 centers in India, are meeting places for people who share a common appreciation for France, its language and its culture. Alliances Françaises are locally registered Indian associations which offer French language classes and organise a diverse array of activities and events in the areas of higher education and visual and performing arts. The 14 Alliances Françaises in India are located in New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Trivandrum, Goa, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Pondicherry, Chandigarh and Bhopal and have 19 annexes, covering the vast majority of the Indian territory. They participate actively in the cultural life of India and act as a dynamic platform for bilateral exchanges in education, arts and culture.

Alliance Française in Nepal

Created in Nepal in 1994, the Alliance Française de Katmandou promotes the French language by offering French classes that are open to all. For the last 23 years, it has been the only certified French institute in Nepal. The Alliance Française de Katmandou aims to spread Francophone culture by organizing events that promote both diversity and intercultural dialogue. Furthermore, it offers its students free access to its in-house media centre. Annually the Alliance Française de Katmandou welcomes around 2,500 students and more than 10,000 visitors attend cultural events.

Alliance Française in Sri Lanka

The presence of Alliance Française in Sri Lanka dates back to 1954. The Alliance Française de Kotte (AFKo) is the only official Alliance Française located in Colombo which receives full recognition and support from the Embassy of France in Sri Lanka, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Foundation Alliance Française in Paris. The AFKo is the head of a network of four Alliances Françaises in Sri Lanka (Kandy, Jaffna, Matara, and Galle) and one in Male’ in the Maldives.

Alliance Française in Dhaka

Often known as the French cultural and language center, the Alliance Française de Dhaka has been working in Bangladesh since 1959. It is located in the center of the capital, in Dhanmondi, the heart of the cultural and artistic activities in Dhaka. Since its creation, the AF has contributed to the dialogue of cultures and the promotion of cultural diversity. It has been working in close collaboration with emerging and confirmed Bangladeshi artists and intellectuals in different fields: visual arts, performing arts (music, mime, poetry, theater, dance, circus) cinema, discussion of ideas and literature. In 2019, the Alliance has registered 6960 students in French classes and welcomed more than 24 500 spectators to photography, sculptures and painting exhibitions, concerts, screenings and conferences. If lots of activities are taking place in its facilities (auditorium, gallery, cafe and classrooms) many performances are organized with key partners such as the Shilpakala Academy, the Liberation War Museum and Dhaka University. The Alliance has collaborated with major cultural festivals such as the Children Film Festival, Dhaka International Film Festival, Dhaka Art Summit, etc.

Alliance Française in Chittagong

Founded in 1965 by a group of French and Bangladeshi citizens, a member of the global Alliance Française network and a cultural partner of the French Embassy in Dhaka, Alliance Française Chittagong is a prestigious institution focused on the promotion of the French and global cultures and the teaching of the French language. Alliance Française Chittagong organises events featuring international artists and performers. It also supports the social, economic and ecological evolution of Bangladesh, notably supporting Women and Minorities’ rights initiatives and projects focusing on sustainable development and renewable energy.


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