Ansuman Biswas

Ansuman Biswas

April 20, 2005 8:00 PM - 8:00 AM

SPECIAL EVENT ADDED!! The artist will be performing his installation Self/Portrait in Gallery 111 of West Hall, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Make multiple visits to monitor the portrait in progress. Artist Reception Gallery 111, West Hall 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Artist Talk West Hall Auditorium 8:00 PM Self/Portrait ANSUMAN BISWAS In this performance Ansuman harnesses the pulsating energy of the heart to paint and compose. Small electrodes on the artist's skin will sense the internal electrical weather of his body and feed it into a computer. The external view of the artist will also be fed into the computer via a video camera. These internal and external views will then be mingled and projected onto the wall in front of the performer. Through various contemplative practices Ansuman will cultivate particular states of mind and thus modulate the video portrait of himself. -------------------------------------------------------- Translating the physiological correlates of mental states into striking visual representations, the subject faces a live video image of himself. ECG, blood pressure and skin resistance monitors continually track his emotional state and this data stream is used to modulate the video image. In its simplest form, the degree of chaotic activity in this data might be shown as a degree of distortion in the picture. The results of more detailed analysis can be illustrated by more complex visual effects. Apart from very beautiful pictures, this work might lead to the development of a therapeutic bio-feedback tool for emotional self-management and the alleviation of stress. It could also lead to the developmnet of other emotionally responsive technologies such as weaponry, transport and communications equipment and empathetic artificial intelligence systems. ---------------------------------------------------------- ::ARTIST BIO:: For more information on Ansuman Biswas and his work, visit ansuman.com/. Born in Calcutta, India and currently residing in London, Ansuman Biswas works in a wide variety of contexts including music, film, live art, installation, writing and theatre. Over the last fifteen years he has developed an international practice which has encompassed directing Shakespeare in America, translating Tagore’s poetry from the Bengali, making underwater sculptures, living with wandering minstrels in India, being an ornamental hermit in the English countryside, traveling with shamans in the Gobi Desert, working with neuroscientists, touring with Björk, playing with Oasis, co-coordinating grassroots activists in Soweto, making a musical in a maximum security prison, and flying on a magic carpet in Russia. He has shown visual and time-based work at The South London Gallery, The Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Modern, The National Review of Live Art, and The Yerba Buena Centre, San Francisco. He has worked with Channel Four, MTV, the Royal Opera House, and the National Theatre among many others and runs ongoing projects with diverse collaborators in Europe, US, Africa and Asia. He has been artist-in-residence at the National Institute of Medical Research in London, Headlands Centre, San Francisco, and the Guangdong Modern Dance Company, China. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Arts Catalyst, the science-art agency. He has worked as a composer/musician on a wide range of theatre productions including Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Tempest, and Dr Faustus at the National Theatre, Peer Gynt at The Contact Theatre, Manchester, Beauty Sleeps at The Young Vic, River on Fire at the Lyric Hammersmith, Oedipus Tyrranos at Battersea Arts Centre, A Yearning at Birmingham Rep, Pericles at Portland Stage Company, Maine, USA and A Tacit Assembly at GMDC, Guangzhou, China.
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