Evan Hastings. (On Leave) Evan Hastings is a theatre practitioner and Founder/Director of Shadow Liberation, an interactive shadow theatre ensemble based at Srishti. Evan has an MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA, USA and a BA in Performance Education from the Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, USA. Evan was a faculty fellow at Project Zero within Harvard University's Graduate School of Education in 2009, 2010, & 2011, where he taught in the Project Zero Classroom Summer Institute and the Future of Learning Institute. At Lesley University he has taught in the Masters in Teaching program, and in the Bachelors in Expressive Therapies program. In his creative work, Evan acts in, directs and produces original performance pieces that grapple with pressing issues while innovative aesthetics invite audience engagement.
Areas of Interest: Theatre of the Oppressed, Drama Therapy, Shadow Theatre, Civic Dialogue, Critical Pedagogy.
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.
Shai Heredia. Shai Heredia is a filmmaker and curator. In 2003, she founded Experimenta India, the international festival for experimental cinema in India, which has become a significant forum for artists' film and video. Shai has curated experimental film programs at international film festivals and art venues, including the Berlinale, Germany and the Tate Modern, London. Her film 'I Am Micro' (2012) premiered at the Guggenheim Museum (NYC/Berlin) and has been screened at major international film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival and the Rotterdam International Film Festival amongst others. ‘I Am Micro’ has also won prestigious awards, including a National Award from the Government of India. Shai has been an arts grant maker with India Foundation for the Arts where she ran the Extending Arts Practice grant program. She studied Sociology at St. Xaviers College Mumbai and Documentary Film at Goldsmiths College, London. At Srishti, Shai teaches courses in film appreciation and experimental film practice. She is the Coordinator for the School of Media Arts & Sciences.
Areas of Interest: Experimental film, Cinemas of Asia, Documentary film, Sound, Curatorial practice.
Smriti Mehra is a video artist. Interacting with Bangalore’s ever changing, ever-growing residents with their multi-lingual, cultural, economic backgrounds, she has become a mapmaker of sorts. The idea of mapping the desires, hopes, needs, dreams and disparities of this city from her particular vantage point has been born out of her desire to establish reference points for her own personal memories. She is both a purveyor of information, and a storyteller, and is like the mapmaker challenged by taking the mundane and everyday, and unraveling & reassembling these details into visible intricacies.
Smriti is an artist-in-residence and faculty at Srishti. She is the Program Leader of the Open Pathway at the Post Graduate Diploma Program. She has an MFA from NSCAD University in Canada and her works have screened at many international festivals.
Areas of Interest: Art practice, Video Art, Non-fiction film, Documentary film, Flowers, Meat, Water. Visit her website www.smritimehra.com
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