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Center for Experimental Media and Arts (CEMA)


The Centre for Experimental Media and Arts (CEMA) is dedicated to artistic and curatorial experimentation with media and emerging technologies that have trandisciplinarity, cooperation and social change at their heart. The centre encourages practices, research and collaborations that employ new critical forms of reflection and engagement with contemporary culture and society, and are informed by technological developments and their aesthetic, socio-political and economic impact on our world.

CEMA's research projects foster experimentation across genres and disciplines, encompassing the following areas: art-science, digital and information arts, experimental film, sound, and theatre, media and activism, multimedia installation, and public art.

The centre was founded with the support of the Sir Ratan Tata Trust in 2007 by three artists-in-residence at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology —Zack Denfeld, Gabriel Harp and Yashas Shetty (now leading the (Art)ScienceBLR, a public laboratory for artists and designers to engage with scientific practices). Born as a hybrid media lab CEMA has evolved to respond to the way in which emerging technology and new media have intermingled with contemporary artistic production in the 21st century.


CEMA organises talks, workshops and masterclasses, research and project-based residencies, as well as events and exhibitions in collaboration with partners.

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Current labs and projects at CEMA are:
Art in Transit (Amitabh Kumar and Arzu Mistry); public art
(Art)Science BLR (Yashas Shetty); art-science and pedagogy
Blank Noise (Jasmeen Patheja); public and community arts, feminism and activism

Associations and Collaborations

Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP) - University of the Arts London
Experimenta India
Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore
Kochi Biennale Foundation
Science Gallery Bengaluru


Meena Vari, Dean of Contemporary Art and Curatorial Practice at Srishti
Marialaura Ghidini, Faculty and Course leader of Experimental Media Arts.
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