Jasmeen Patheja. Jasmeen is an artist with an interventionist approach. People and interactions form the core of her work. She is the founder and facilitator of Blank Noise, a volunteer-led collective committed to building a dialogue and ownership towards the issue of sexual violence. It is built on the lived experiences of volunteers, also known as ‘Action Heroes’, and works towards attitudinal shifts through events and actions designed for public participation. Jasmeen is a TED fellow and a fellow at the Ashoka Innovators for the Public.
Shabnam Virmani. At Srishti, Shabnam conceived and directed the Kabir Project, which brings together the experiences of a series of ongoing journeys in the quest of the sociopolitical and spiritual meanings of the 15th century mystic poet Kabir in our contemporary world. It consists of documentary films, folk music videos, music CDs and books of the poetry in translation. Future work consists of creating an archive of Kabir poetry and music in partnership with folk singer and rural communities, both on the web and on the ground. Shabnam has been a journalist and has directed several award-winning documentaries in close partnership with grassroots women’s groups in the country. In 1990, she co-founded the Drishti Media, Arts and Human Rights collective in Ahmedabad, a group of media professionals working to strengthen struggles for human rights and gender justice. In 2002, she co-directed a community radio program with a rural women’s group in Kutch, Gujarat.
Yashas Shetty. Yashas Shetty is an artist and educator based in Bangalore. He is currently an Artist in Residence and faculty at the Centre For Experimental Media Arts at Srishti in Bangalore and an artist in residence the National Centre For Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore. His practice explores working between various disciplines including installation, sound, software and biotechnology. The work he produces is situated between the arts and the sciences, creating situations of dialogue between scientists, artists and the larger community.He has conducted workshops and taught in colleges in India and abroad.
In 2007, he helped start the Centre for Experimental Media Arts at Srishti. He is currently working on developing an open source framework and community for artists and designers working with living organisms. Visit (Art)Science BLR