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Alecia Neo

Power to the People

Artist/Collectives: Alecia Neo

Artwork: Power to the People

Collaborators: Chong Li-Chuan/ Composer-Sound Designer, Andy Lim | ARTFACTORY/ Technical Support

Country: Singapore

Medium: Light & Sound Score, Wires, light bulbs, motion sensors with double-sided mirrors and video projection mapping

Art Description: Inspired by Saddar’s rich historical significance, ‘Power to the People’, is an ode to people whose labor builds and sustains a city. Moving hands and symbolic objects honor the different lives and labor of the people who have resided and contributed to the history, legacy, and vibrancy of Saddar. A network of interconnected wires, light bulbs, and mirrors, layers the room within Hamid Market. The work performs along with the building through shadow and light.

Bio: Alecia Neo, an artist and cultural worker, practices through photography, video installations, and participatory workshops reframing art as an expression of radical

Credits: National Arts Council, Binjai Tree

Amin Gulgee

Memory Room

Artist/Collectives: Amin Gulgee

Artwork: Memory Room

Collaborators: Laeeq Akbar/Fashion designer; Pomme Amina Gohar/ Fashion Mentor for students/ Lighting advisor, Talhakaar/Technical advisor, NJV School Students

Country: Pakistan

Medium: Installation, controlled triggered lights, arduinos,, mirror, copper, turmeric, steel, copper with nickel plate, zircon, iron and fishing wire

Art Description: ‘Memory Room’ is the artist’s attempt to maintain a “wholeness of the self.” Amin Gulgee’s “witnesses of the past,” his “friends,” are the objects that surround him in his home. In this room, each one becomes a mark of an emotion and experience that the artist has had. Research has shown that memories of smell can last as long as a year. Eye movements will be manipulated in this darkened room using changing colored lights. This installation overlaps with two performances: ‘The Un-Remembering’ and ‘The Forgotten March’, where Gulgee co-creates an imagined pre-history with a fashion designer.

Bio: Amin Gulgee is an artist-curator living and working in Karachi. Gulgee works with sculpture, installation, and performance. His practice looks at unlikely connections to uncover different narratives in relation to South Asian spirituality and gender.

Amin Rehman

Water Wars

Artist/Collectives: Amin Rehman

Artwork: Water Wars

Collaborator: karen darricades/ AR Tech

Country: Canada

Medium: Encaustic Painting with melted bee wax, colour pigment, resin and damar
varnish mixture, Augmented Reality (AR), Video, Photography, Animation

Art Description: ‘Water Wars’ highlights that water is absolutely political and becoming more so through scarcity, national ownership, and boundaries. The Indus River Delta increases, and the Arabian Sea encroaches on the sweet water of the Indus River, which is in turn polluted by our sewerage. In the Indus Basin, on the extremely fertile agricultural lands, real estate mafia is building housing societies for great profits. The Karez water system in Balochistan is drying up. River Ravi in Lahore is choked with waste. Water Wars addresses the changing climate in the Indus River basin regions by 2040. Like water defies the boundaries of land, video, and photo meet to defy location through augmented reality.

Bio: Amin Rehman is a multidisciplinary visual artist who has been exhibiting since the 1980s. His work comments on the current effects of systems of domination by nation-states in power over others.

karen darricades is a multidisciplinary, new media artist and educator. karen uses Augmented Reality to make communal and interactive artworks.


Credits: Canada Council for the Arts, Shehla and Ali Adil, SAGA Foundation

Andreas Lutz

Monolith YW

Artist/Collectives: Andreas Lutz

Artwork: Monolith YW

Country: Germany

Medium: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Kinetic Sculpture (Audio + Visual); Actuators, LED lights, stretchable fabric, custom software 

Art Description: What if there is an inner dialogue by a machine before it communicates to the outside world? Does a self-aware machine have a certain image of itself? How does that change the interaction between a machine and a human being? In this kinetic encounter, people will meet the ‘Monolith’’s primal thoughts that arise from the language of the machine: its 25 binary states.

Bio: Andreas Lutz’s practice explores communication between machine systems and people. Lutz looks at the relationship between perception and reality through sound, sign, and sculpture.


Credits: Goethe Institut

Audio Placebo Plaza

Audio Placebo Plaza

Artist/Collectives: Audio Placebo Plaza
Erin Gee, Julia E. Dyck and Vivian Li

Artwork: Audio Placebo Plaza

Country: Canada

Medium: Collaborative and Community-driven Sound Art

Art Description: ‘Audio Placebo Plaza’ is a participatory work that invites everyone to take appointments to discuss how an audio placebo could help improve their lives. Daily issues that people may struggle with can be brought to the table. Through this, a variety of audio techniques are developed to provide care. Music is made to create repair.

Bio: Audio Placebo Plaza (APP) with Erin Gee, Julia E. Dyck, and Vivian Li/ Canada is a trio of woman-identified and non-gender conforming artists based in Montreal/Tiohtià:ke. They center intersectional feminism by expressing ways of caring, emotional labour, and making community through collaborative performance and sound art.


Credits: CALQ – Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

Bilal Jabbar

Wall of Thoughts

Artist/Collectives: Bilal Jabbar

Artwork: Wall of Thoughts

Country: Pakistan

Medium: Found Objects (Kitchen Bowl), Auto-electronic Motors, Sensors, and Light

Art Description: The subconscious mind is a ‘Wall of Thoughts’ with a number of fascinating stories residing within it. It could be a place of zen or a battle of chaos. Bilal uses his amalgamation of domestic cutlery and auto-electronic machines to engage the viewer in a new atmospheric experience that could be a reflection of their own subconscious. The work is interactive and only works while it is in motion within the space.

Bio: Bilal Jabbar is the winner of KB22 Engro Emerging Artist prize. He is a visual artist in Karachi, graduated from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. His works explore various forms of kinetics, understanding mechanisms with different materials and systems.

Cosmic Tribe

Sentient of Lights

Artist/Collectives: Cosmic Tribe

Rayan Khan/ Tech Integration- Codes Design & Ayesha Mubarak Ali/ Tech Artist- Creative Director

Artwork: Sentient of Lights

Collaborators: Oshii Brownie, Sikander Ali Khan, Hamza Mubarak, Yusra Taqi /Technical Support Team, Wahab Shah/Director of Choreography, Emad Rehman/ Sound Design, Salman Sabir/ Coordination and Management

Country: Pakistan

Medium: Hybrid Media Wearable Art, Live Interactive Performance

Art Description: ‘Sentient of Lights’ uses an experimental approach to scientific data. A character named Sentient educates the viewer on how light pollution harms living beings. Non-physical material like light is made tangible to bring attention to how this aspect of pollution is neglected. This digitally created new media performance includes AI-generated visuals and art that can be worn.

Bio: Cosmic Tribe explores a range of upcoming technologies through visual expression, campaign designs, and performances that address social issues in a unique way.


Credits: 3D Wearable Phygital Designs by Oshii Brownie

Dennis Rudolph

Simurgh App

Artist/Collectives: Dennis Rudolph

Artwork: Simurgh App

Country: Germany

Medium: Augmented Reality (AR)

Art Description: The supernatural has always been a source of interest amongst artists. What if a mythical figure was to appear and guide the visitor to experience a 200 years old book? The 200 year old illustrated copy of Firdousi’s ‘Shahnama’ in the NJV School library is brought to life through Augmented Reality. Rudolph uses his ‘3D’ paintings through the Simurgh App to create a new ‘virtual’ way of connecting to one of the longest epic Persian poems, the Shahnamah (977–1010 CE). AR drawings meet the mythical history of Persia’s golden days.

Bio: Dennis Rudolph is a conceptual artist working in augmented reality, virtual reality, and painting. His artistic practice looks at history, culture, and 3D visuals.


Credits: Goethe Institut

Giselle Beiguelman

Botannica Triannica

Artist/Collectives: Giselle Beiguelman 

Artwork: Botannica Triannica

Country: Brazil

Medium: Generative Imaging, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Video, Photographs

Art Description: The world is a garden, whose weeds must be eliminated – is a saying that defends ‘scientific’ racism (eugenics). ‘Botannica Triannica’ is an investigation of the naming process of nature and how it is affected by colonialism and other systems of oppression. These scientific and popular names of plants and vegetation reflect the prejudice that exists against marginalized people. Giselle Beiguelman creates a post-natural garden from images and videos of plants manipulated by Artificial Intelligence (AI), with a decolonial narrative. She highlights “weeds” as resistant and resilient life forms infiltrating real and digital gardens.

Bio: Giselle Beiguelman is an award-winning artist, professor at the University of Sao Paulo and the author of several writings on digital culture. Beiguelman’s recent work  investigates the colonialist imagination using AI technologies.


Credits: Embassy of Brazil

Herwig Scherabon

Remembering You The City of Lights

Artist/Collectives: Herwig Scherabon

Artwork: Remembering You The City of Lights

Collaborators: Joshua Alena Mallek/ Digital art assistance, Students at the Visual Studies Department, Karachi University/assistance

Country: Austria

Medium:  2-channel audiovisual installation, Full HD projectors, 3D printing sculpture

Art Description: The context of a place is the most fascinating and diverse palette of raw materials available to an artist. Driven by the geography, history, and data of Karachi, the narrative of the city and its expansion are explored. Through the old ruins of Bhambhore (1st Century BCE) and the Landfill Jam Chakro at the edge of Karachi, the work allows the viewer to go beyond human time to understand the issue of land, ecology, and global warming. The work takes the form of a diptych video installation with visual projections and a sculpture representing an imagined archeological artifact from a future past.

Bio: Herwig Scherabon (Berlin-based) works with CGI, virtual reality (VR), and audiovisual installations. Scherabon has a long-lasting relationship with landscapes/nature and is interested in the qualities of large-scale phenomena.


Credits: the Federal Ministry Republic of Austria Arts Culture Civil Service and Sport,
Austrian Embassy Pakistan

Imran Qureshi

Deen O Dunya

Artist/Collectives: Imran Qureshi

Artwork: Deen O Dunya (The Sacred and the Earthly)

Country: Pakistan

Medium: Sound, Neon lights, Video Projection installation

Art Description: InDeen O Dunya’, the residents of a local neighborhood go through profound physical and emotional experiences when their homes, streets, and entire neighborhoods undergo an intense transformation. Qureshi focuses on the layers that are added to the facades of homes and cover entire neighborhoods. Through video projection and sound-based work, the boundaries of religious rituals, culture, and modern technology merge in a carnivalesque form.

Bio: Imran Qureshi expands the language of miniature painting in the form of site-specific installations, three-dimensional works, videos, and paintings. His work continues to be firmly rooted in the tradition of miniature painting.


Credits: Partial Funding by Mr. Tommaso Corvi Mora, Mr. Shahzad Ahmed

Invisible Flock


Artist/Collectives: Invisible Flock with Faqir Zulfiqar and Allah Jurrio

Artwork: Microtonal

Country: UK, Pakistan

Medium: Microtonal, clay and circuitry, generative sound and performance

Art Description: ‘Microtonal’ takes the form of an interactive, data-driven sound sculpture created from 200 Borindos made by Allahjurrio and Faqir Zulfiqar in Badin. The Borindo is an instrument that can be dated back 5,000 years and was resurrected by the Faqir’s father and Allahjurrio. Through sound, the work uses this deep cultural and personal history with the objects to explore the encoded symbolism held within this instrument.

Bio: Invisible Flock creates sense-based installations and environments that prompt people to renegotiate an emotional relationship with the natural world. Invisible Flock is a multi award-winning interactive arts studio that places itself at the intersection of art, technology, and the environment.

Allah Jurrio is a 90 year old potter based in Badin, he is one of the few known craftsmen who create the Borindo.

Faqir Zulfiqar is a Sindhi folk musician and maker. He plays the Borindo and is largely responsible for preserving this musical instrument from cultural extinction.


Credits: British Council

Justine Emard


Artist/Collectives: Justine Emard

Artwork: Co(AI)xistence

Country: France 

Medium: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, Video Documentation

Art Description: Using a deep learning AI system, Co(AI)xistence creates an artistic medium between data and human motion. A primitive intelligence interacts with a human through signals, body, and spoken language with their different intelligences. Mirai Moriyama, Japanese actor and dancer, interacts, face to face, with a robot based on a neuronal system. The AI robot (Ikegami and Ishiguro lab) learns from their experience but embodies a different non-human way of understanding things. The human and the robot try to define new perspectives of coexistence in the world.

Bio: Justine Emard is a visual artist. She lives and works in Paris. Her artworks explore the new relationships that are being established between our existences and technologies.

KCR Studio


Artist/Collectives:KCR Studio

Concept Design: Jahanzeb Safder – Audio-Visual Programming, Sound Design, Curation

Murtaza Tunio – Hardware Tech, A/V

Artwork: Saaz|ساز

Collaborators: Irfan Ali Taj/ Chitrali Musician
Daniel A. Panjwaney/ Music Producer and Sound Design Supervisor
Khurram Halari/ Electronics and Laser Cutting
Hamza Ahmad/ Mechanics and Augmented Sitaar Design
Ashir Bhatti/Standing Projection Sculpture [Lambda] : Co-designer
Changez Basir/ Standing Projection Sculpture [Lambda] : Fabrication

Country: Pakistan

Medium: Sensory tech, Electronics/ arduinos,, artificial intelligence (AI), generative visuals, sound, and performance

Art Description: ‘Saaz’ invites the audience to think about technology and classical tradition in music. As the digital encroaches further and further into the domain of the physical and the human, can the domain of performance, virtuosity, and the expression of the soul through an instrument remain sacred?

What happens if we build a portal between these two domains?

Bio: Karachi Community Radio (KCR) is an independent online radio archiving and
promoting the contemporary music culture of Pakistan. Their extensive work has seen them
design audio-visual shows, broadcast livestreams and generate virtual productions.

Madyha Leghari

Speaking in Tongues

Artist/Collectives: Madyha Leghari

Artwork: Speaking in Tongues

Country: Pakistan

Medium: Interactive Video, proximity sensor

Art Description: “Speaking in Tongues” is an interactive video from the perspective of a woman who awakens one day to find herself trapped in a peaceful summer escape. A reference to the classic Sanskrit poetic form, Sandesha Kavya, she attempts to speak with non-human beings around her: a cloud as an environmental agent, a camera as a machine, and a plant as bio-matter. Viewers step into her character and create their own narrative pathways. The work prompts questions of eco-anxiety, individual agency, an author’s intent, and the ever-presence of the narrator.

Bio: Madyha J. Leghari is an artist, writer, and educator. Her practice often revolves around the possibilities and limitations of language.

Marc Lee


Artist/Collectives: Marc Lee

Artwork: Echolocation

Country: Switzerland

Medium: Real-Time, Geolocation, Web Art, 3 channel Installation

Art Description: In ‘Echolocation’, users can choose any location on a map and move through stories posted on social networks like YouTube, Flickr, and Twitter. Here, these personal impressions are streamed in real time like windows to our changing world. The viewer participates in the social movements of our time and makes a journey into new image and sound collages. Does the flattening of forms and images in the digital world lead to uniformity or can this space be used to expand cultural diversity?

Bio: Marc Lee, a Swiss artist, focuses on real-time processed, computer-programmed audiovisual installations, AR, VR, and mobile apps. Lee critically highlights creative, cultural, social, ecological, and political themes in his work.


Credits: Pro Helvetia

Nobumichi Asai

my heartbeats

Artist/Collectives: Nobumichi Asai

Artwork: my heartbeats

Collaborators: Minami Otake, Daisuke Tanabe, Tongullman

Country: Japan

Medium: Augmented Reality (AR)

Art Description: ‘my heartbeats’ visualizes invisible violence through the heart,
and makes visible the invisible life force of people.
At first, the suppressed and crushed heart quivers weakly. But with time, the heart recovers and regains a regular beat.
The heart beats, even when oppressed, even when violated. It continues to beat without fear. It does not attack or fight back, but it does not give in to it either.

Bio: Nobumichi Asai pushes for innovation through the fusion of art/design thinking and technology. A media artist, he is internationally known for his face-mapping of Lady Gaga at the Grammy Awards.

PluginHUMAN with Lorraine Brigdale

Disco Apocalypse

Artist/Collectives: PluginHUMAN with Lorraine Brigdale

Dr. Betty Sargeant, Justin Dwyer

Artwork: Disco Apocalypse

Collaborator: Lorraine Brigdale/Yorta Yorta First Nations

Country: Australia

Medium: 3D, web-based, Printed fabric, DMX lighting, Audio, Electronics

Art Description: ‘Disco Apocalypse’ is an almost unbearable reality. Audiences are invited to question excesses of self-indulgence on the edge of the abyss.

This immersive installation highlights how humans draw on rich environmental and cultural resources for hedonistic pleasure and our unwillingness to fully address climate realities. The disco combines visuals, video art, music, and lighting. The visuals feature First Nations Australian Aboriginal war shields. The Shields are re-imagined by an indigenous artist, as a tool for the protection of the environment and traditional cultures.

Bio: PluginHUMAN uses traditional cultural practices and the medium of light to translate complicated data into meaningful audience experiences. This can include projection mapping, video artworks, and sense-based environments.

Rabeeha Adnan

Mukaalmah: We Can't Both Be Right!

Artist/Collectives: Rabeeha Adnan

Artwork: Mukaalmah: We Can’t Both Be Right!

Country: Pakistan

Medium: Video Projection mapping on mixed-media installation; sound design, light, objects

Art Description: ‘Mukaalmah: We Can’t Both Be Right’ is a musical play performed by instrumental objects sourced from Jamshed Memorial Library. Groups of seemingly identical objects find it hard to communicate with one another much like the norms of human social groups. Similarly, all Abrahamic religions essentially echo the same ideas but find it hard to coexist. Whilst drawing parallels between these, characters in the two subgroups perform through the help of projection mapping, in sync, facilitated by light and sound. Filled with literature from the theosophical society, Jamshed Memorial Library serves as an ideal space to investigate institutional beliefs and the way they limit and affect human relationships.

Bio: Rabeeha Adnan, an interdisciplinary artist, addresses power dynamics within state structures through storytelling. Adnan’s practice involves new media techniques including projection, animation, light installation, and text.

Rashid Rana


Artist/Collectives: Rashid Rana

Artwork:  IT LIES BEYOND, 2022

Country: Pakistan

Medium: Inject Print on Vinyl, Augmented Reality (AR)

Art Description: It Lies Beyond’ challenges viewer’s perception of what is inside and outside, close and distant, within and without, real and fictional while bridging and dismantling these binaries simultaneously, opening questions of the “nature versus man-made”. An ominous, serene seascape that, on a closer inspection, reveals the heaps of garbage that it is composed of. This matrix of garbage also contains within it the illustrations and paintings of sailing ships. Through these metaphors, this installation refers to the post-renaissance materialist inquiry, the explorations of and expansions to the other worlds, sea-trade, colonization, industrial revolution, consumerism followed by global climate change resulting in various natural calamities like recent floods – all unfolding as various chapters of a saga that begins and ends with waters.

Bio: Rashid Rana is known for his pioneering works in new media art from Pakistan. Notable for conceptual innovation and dramatic visual strategies, Rana depicts the familiar and everyday; encompassing themes such as identity, space-time, and duality. He is the recipient of the 2017 Asia Art Award by the Asia Society (NYC).


Photo Credits: Amna Yaseen

second practice

Artist as Translator

Artist/Collectives: second practice

Fatima Hussain, Abeerah Zahid and Ayesha Kamal Khan

Artwork: Artist as Translator

Country: Pakistan

Medium: Web-based, Interactive Map, Video, Sound, drawing

Art Description: Artists, like translators, struggle with the impossibility of translating thoughts, moments, and observations. The process of translation shows the tension between languages and forms. second practice invites artists from 15 locations in the global south to form a chain of translation. A material tied to its location and difficult to translate is translated and passed on from artist to artist. Uncovering the gaps and limits in the process of translation can change the way a material is read by someone.

Bio: second practice is a collaborative research & publishing practice that looks at postcolonial geographies. Participatory ways of sharing knowledge inform their method, subject, and art.


Credits: Living Arts International

Shezad Dawood

The Terrarium

Artist: Shezad Dawood

Artwork: The Terrarium

Country: UK

Medium: Virtual Reality (VR)

Art Description: It is 300 years from now, and you are released into an underwater world from ‘The Terrarium’, an experimental lab facility. You travel onward by moving your new tentacles and pincers, journeying past a submerged Paljassaare peninsula and meeting other human-marine hybrids along the connected Baltic/English coastlines. You are suddenly and unexpectedly captured by future human pirates, who have had their genes spliced with animal DNA and are pillaging their former planet. Held captive, you are given one chance to decide your fate.

Bio: Shezad Dawood (London-based) is a multidisciplinary artist who interweaves stories, realities and symbolism architectures and ecologies to create richly layered artworks, spanning painting, textiles, sculpture, film and digital media. Fascinated by ecologies and architecture, his work takes a philosophical approach, asking questions and exploring alternative futures through a collaborative, research-driven process.


Credits: British Council, featuring parts of Anthropocene Island TAB17 by ecoLogicStudio and
excerpts of The Terrarium Inventory by Graham Fitkin. Commissioned by UP Projects for
Creative Folkestone Triennial 2021 and Kai Art Center, supported by CUPIDO, a project co-
funded by the European Union, Arts Council England and Tallinn Culture Department.

Syeda Sheeza Ali

Lines of Force

Artist: Syeda Sheeza Ali

Artwork: Lines of Force

Country: Pakistan       

Medium: Iron, Magnet, Sensors

Art Description: ‘Lines of Force’ plays with natural forces and the scientific phenomena that evolve around them. Unseen forces spontaneously interact through mechanisms and structures such as gravitational force, magnetic force, and electromagnetic force. The artwork becomes a manipulation and expression of these dynamics. Through the participation of the viewer, many of the works can be disturbed and reformed.

Bio: Syeda Sheeza Ali, a visual artist, works on the amalgamation of Art and Science. Her artworks have an exciting kinetic experience. She uses Iron and Magnets as her working medium.

Soliman Lopez

Airdrop Olea

Artist: Solimán López

Artwork: Airdrop Olea

Country: Spain

Medium: Kinetic Sculpture, Cryptocurrency, blockchain, LED Screens, Olive Oil, Air compressor

Art Description: ‘Airdrop Olea’ connects the oldest economy of humanity, agriculture, with the newest, digital currency. Oil, once used as a bargaining chip, as liquid gold, as a gift, and as an engine of friction, is now updated and becomes its own cryptocurrency, connecting disadvantaged farming communities with an ecosystem that without The OLEA project would have been far away. In OLEA, laboratory-created DNA molecules include in their sequence the correspondence of the digital file (smart contract) and function as a biological “hard disk” which in turn has been inserted into olive oil.
OLEA pushes the viewer to consider alternative, advanced, and equal ways of organizing the economic system.
Bio: Soliman Lopez, a technology artist, is the founder of the Harddiskmuseum, OLEA bio-cryptocurrency, and the DNA-based digital entities INTRONS. Lopez researches digital material, preserving data, biology, and blockchain technologies to shape his art.


Credits: Embassy of Spain, Instituto Espronceda from Barcelona, ESAT Valencia, CSIC
and Instituto de la Grasa de Sevilla/ Spain

Yasir Darya

Air Rider

Artist: Yasir Darya

Artwork: Air Rider

Collaborators: Sophia Hasnain/Linked things

Country: Pakistan

Medium: Air Bike, installation e-bike and IoT, Live Video, Geolocation

Art Description: ‘Air Rider’ allows users to experience data on air pollution through a live performance. Here, tech meets society, culture, and livability. In real-time, the user connects with streaming live-data and interacts with the ‘Air Rider’, making their way on distinct geographic routes throughout the city.

Bio: Yasir Darya (Karachi-based), founder of Darya Lab and Green Pakistan Coalition, a nature advocacy network, is a multi-disciplinary artist, activist, and futurist. Many of his artworks are based on Karachi’s ecology. His favorite occupation is to redefine a tech or device for another purpose.


Credits: V-Lektra/Bike