At UnBox Festival 2019, Invisible Flock and Quicksand facilitated a new network of artists and creatives from UK and India through a lab that focused on building meaningful, cross-disciplinary collaborations within environmental and socially engaged practices.
The network was formed of five participants from the UK, five from India and one from Uganda, plus teams from Invisible Flock and Quicksand, who met and explored mutual connections during the four day Lab and at UnBox 2019. Four days working together in advance of the festival resulted in a number of separate outputs for the festival in varying forms, eg workshops, installations, participatory experiences, essays etc. Relationships and collaborations were built through mutual interests and areas of focus, naturally facilitated during the first day of the lab.

Invisible Flock and Quicksand also worked together during the same time period on a new project, mirroring the same process of development. Earth Tones is an environmental installation, created from mapped ecosystems and landscapes, questioning how we communicate complex environmental data in a way that audiences can not only understand but can build a relationship with.

THE FACILITATORS
Invisible Flock and Quicksand have developed a strong collaborative relationship over the last 4 years, meeting first at the UnBox Labs, Ahmedabad in 2014. Together we have created large-scale projects that connect India and the UK, including Duet; an app, an interactive web platform and a series of outdoor public artworks and Aurora; a large-scale, immersive experience about our global relationship to water.

The successes of our collaboration have been through the building of creative working methodologies that maintain core values of respect, mutual interest and friendship. Our collective ability to effectively share skills and communicate across continents has enabled us to create ambitious and innovative artworks together.

Both Invisible Flock and Quicksand work across multiple contexts and adjacent sectors, including education, design, urban planning and healthcare - sharing a belief in the advocation of digital practice and the importance of working collaboratively to understand the process and risks associated with technology.


Blog

Some Reflections

Sheila writes about her time spent in the labs, the UnBox festival and Bangalore.

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If We Continue On Connecting.

Stories, reflections, and questions.

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Invisible Stories

Invisible Flock's Ben Eaton writes about their project Invisible Stories, a part of a body of work called Earth Tones, an ongoing attempt to map remote ecosystems.

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What might the Word be for Bangalore?

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An Introduction

Siddharth recounts the first day.

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Getting Started

Warming up and kicking off the labs with some introductions, Bisibilebath, traffic, beer and a walk through Cubbon Park with Bangalore's Zenrainman.

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Residents

Ailie Rutherford

Ailie Rutherford is a visual artist with an interest in alternative and feminist economies. Her collaborative practice is grounded in the places she works inviting people to become co-producers of works that activate public space and collectively imagine alternatives to the way we live now.

Simon Fletcher

Simon is a musician and creative technologist from Leeds. He comes from a background of education and engineering which informs his creative practice. He is also a member of Leeds band Hope and Social.

Sheila Ghelani

Sheila Ghelani is an artist whose work spans performance, installation, participatory event and moving image. She enjoys the weight of words when spoken or held and finds multiples of objects and actions arranged in repetitive patterns very reassuring.

Sean Dooley

Sean Dooley is a mathematician turned photographer who spends his time exploring the interaction that occurs in the regions where human life meets its habitat.

Irma Catherine Wange

Irma uses design to engage, empower and educate across canvas, through painting, photography, product design, and transportation design to communicate with space. Irma is Invisible Flock’s Internationally-based artist in residence 2019.

Akeelah Bertram

Akeelah is a visual artist who creates immersive environments out of light and sound. Inspired by phenomenology and structuralism, her work aims to situate audiences in unfamiliar environments to challenge physical and ideological perspectives. Akeelah is Invisible Flock’s UK-based artist in residence 2019.

Siddharth Agarwal

Otherwise trained as an aerospace engineer, Siddharth currently spends most of his time collecting stories while walking across India – along rivers and lesser accessed landscapes.

Garima Gupta

Garima is an artist and researcher; her field of interest and study stretches from ornithology, topographical alterations and nuances of behaviour patterns between man and wild, primarily in the Southeast Asian archipelago.

Bhagwati Prasad

Bhagwati  works with drawing and performance. He conducted extensive research with Sarai/CSDS on Delhi’s popular culture, water wars, and media life (2002-12), and his books include ‘Tinker. Solder. Tap.‘ (co-authored, 2009) and ‘The Water Cookbook‘ (2010).

Vishwanath Pasumarthi

Vishwanath Pasumarthi is an independent Integrated Designer based in India. His practice aims to bring the sciences of Complexity into informing Design. He is currently pursuing research and strategy intensive Design service.

Deepa Bhasthi

Deepa Bhasthi is a writer based in Bangalore. She is currently interested in critical inquiries at the intersection of languages, land versus landscape and food. Her essays, journalism and other writings have been published in Lithub, Guardian, Calvert Journal, Hyperallergic, MOLD, Himal Southasian, Art Review, The Hindu Businessline and elsewhere.

Residents

Ailie Rutherford

Ailie Rutherford is a visual artist with an interest in alternative and feminist economies. Her collaborative practice is grounded in the places she works inviting people to become co-producers of works that activate public space and collectively imagine alternatives to the way we live now.

Simon Fletcher

Simon is a musician and creative technologist from Leeds. He comes from a background of education and engineering which informs his creative practice. He is also a member of Leeds band Hope and Social.

Sheila Ghelani

Sheila Ghelani is an artist whose work spans performance, installation, participatory event and moving image. She enjoys the weight of words when spoken or held and finds multiples of objects and actions arranged in repetitive patterns very reassuring.

Sean Dooley

Sean Dooley is a mathematician turned photographer who spends his time exploring the interaction that occurs in the regions where human life meets its habitat.

Irma Catherine Wange

Irma uses design to engage, empower and educate across canvas, through painting, photography, product design, and transportation design to communicate with space. Irma is Invisible Flock’s Internationally-based artist in residence 2019.

Akeelah Bertram

Akeelah is a visual artist who creates immersive environments out of light and sound. Inspired by phenomenology and structuralism, her work aims to situate audiences in unfamiliar environments to challenge physical and ideological perspectives. Akeelah is Invisible Flock’s UK-based artist in residence 2019.

Siddharth Agarwal

Otherwise trained as an aerospace engineer, Siddharth currently spends most of his time collecting stories while walking across India – along rivers and lesser accessed landscapes.

Garima Gupta

Garima is an artist and researcher; her field of interest and study stretches from ornithology, topographical alterations and nuances of behaviour patterns between man and wild, primarily in the Southeast Asian archipelago.

Bhagwati Prasad

Bhagwati  works with drawing and performance. He conducted extensive research with Sarai/CSDS on Delhi’s popular culture, water wars, and media life (2002-12), and his books include ‘Tinker. Solder. Tap.‘ (co-authored, 2009) and ‘The Water Cookbook‘ (2010).

Deepa Bhasthi

Deepa Bhasthi is a writer based in Bangalore. She is currently interested in critical inquiries at the intersection of languages, land versus landscape and food. Her essays, journalism and other writings have been published in Lithub, Guardian, Calvert Journal, Hyperallergic, MOLD, Himal Southasian, Art Review, The Hindu Businessline and elsewhere.

Vishwanath Pasumarthi

Vishwanath Pasumarthi is an independent Integrated Designer based in India. His practice aims to bring the sciences of Complexity into informing Design. He is currently pursuing research and strategy intensive Design service.