Khayal and Proiti Seal Acharya are researchers and cultural practitioners currently pursuing an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree in Media Arts Cultures, held across Danube University, Krems (Austria), Aalborg University (Denmark), University of Lodz (Poland) and the LaSalle College of the Arts (Singapore). In early 2020, they launched Media Art South Asia, a project dedicated to the documentation and promotion of media art practices in the Indian subcontinent. In September, they received a grant from the India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) under their 25×25 initiative to develop an internet art project.
Khayal is a curator and researcher, with a background in computer engineering. Currently working at the intersection of arts and technology, he was previously the Cultural Coordinator at Alliance Francaise d’Ahmedabad for three years, where he produced several concerts and exhibitions. Khayal enjoys developing spaces for multi-disciplinary and collaborative creative practices. In Ahmedabad, he founded platforms such as Art Speaks, Cafe Philo and Boomerang: An Eco Fest. He has also worked as a designer, photographer, editor and web-developer.
Proiti Seal Acharya is a Kolkata- born writer and researcher with a Master’s degree in English Literature from Jadavpur University. She is the co-founder of Jodi Bolo Rongin, a non-profit that develops arts engagements centred on regional Indian languages and cultural practices. She has previously worked as an Instructor for the Peaceworks Human Rights Defenders Programme by the Seagull Foundation for the Arts, and as a Project Manager at the Musiana Collective. Her writing has been published in anthologies by Rupa Publications, Scholastic Inc. and Bee Books.