Amitesh Grover

Born 1980 in New Delhi, India, Amitesh Grover is a performance-based artist and curator. Through his practice and writing, he develops the idea of Performapedia - Performing as a mode of knowing. He completed his MA (Live & Recorded Arts) from University of Arts London, UK (2006). He has received critical acclaim in the domain of performance and visual art, of which his most recent nomination was for Forecast Award for Emerging Curator (HKW, Berlin 2015). His works have been shown in performance festivals, galleries, exhibitions, the internet, and other public spaces in Germany, Australia, United States, Italy, Switzerland, England, Mexico, China, Philippines, Romania, Pakistan, Oman and India. Recipient of numerous awards including Arte Laguna Award Nomination (Venice 2013), KMAT Residency (Australia 2011), National Award for Emerging Director (India 2009), Prohelvetia Residency (Switzerland 2008) and CWIT Scholarship (U.K. 2005). He has been jury at  TheatreSpektakel’08, a guest lecturer at Cornell University, U.S. (2011) and a visiting artist at Theatretreffen, Germany (2013). At present, he is Assistant Professor at National School of Drama (India) and leads MFA course in Interactive Art at Shiv Nadar University, India. He lives and works in New Delhi, India, where he also teaches and writes on performance, interactivity and knowledge-production. His works and writings can be accessed here <www.amiteshgrover.com>

 

Art and Research Interests

Amitesh Grover develops and mediates relationships in Assemblies - public mass, multitude, congregation, crowd, convention. He engages with the Gathering as a medium and form, and asks: What constitutes an assembly today? His interest is in different kinds of knowledge production in assembly-making, and an investigation into the vocabulary of ‘negotiations’ that emerge in assembly-formations. He manufactures ‘situation-rooms’, in which he invites a ‘curated’ public into contractual associations with events, sites, speculations, and alternative archives. He ‘casts’ his public, actively curating entry and departure points. He collaborates with curators, scientists, philosophers, hackers, gamers, artists, stock-brokers, cleaners, anybody who is an expert on a specific ‘negotiation-of-living’. His recent projects are Downtime - A Performative Exploration of Sleep and 'Notes on Mourning' - The Art of Mourning as Practice

Keywords Performance, Curation, Performapedia, Direction, Occupational Realism