Born 1981 in Pamplemousse,Mauritius
Lives and works in Bombay(India) and Auckland(New Zealand)
Nandita Kumar is a new-media artist who creates immersive environmental spaces. She explores the elemental process through which human beings construct meaning from their experiences, by creating sensory narratives through the usage of sound, video/ animation and performance, or through smartphone apps, customized motherboards and solar/microwave sensors. Through her installations, interactive sculptures, paintings and animations, which seamlessly integrate new media and materiality, Kumar reflects the striking contradictions within the industrial and natural landscape.
In her research, she attempts to locate inherent patterns, modes of sustainability, cultural hybridity, technology and the synergy between nature and our current urban environment. Nandita has shown in varied festivals and exhibitions throughout the world including ZKM,LACMA, REDCAT, ISEA, Je de Paume, The New Zealand International Film Festival, Film Anthology Archive NY, Indian Art Fair, Rome International Film festival, Stuttgart Animation Festival, The Academy of Television Art and Sciences in Los Angeles and been included in Best of Sydney Underground Festival DVD. “Ghar Pe/At Home” (2011-2012), a community art project she curated, has been documented online by Asian Art Archive (Hong Kong). Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Asian Age, Hindustan times, The Indian Express, Take on Art (India), Australian Art Collector. Nandita has received the “Best Original Music” for her film Birth of Brain Fly at the Cinema Mundo festival in Brazil and has been screened twice on TVS Sydney. She has also been a speaker at Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney) and TEDx.
She holds a joint Bachelors Degree from MS University, Baroda(India) and Elam School Of the Arts, Auckland University, (New Zealand) and has completed her Masters Degree in Experimental Animation at California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles(USA).