Announcing the Greenhouse-Technology-Art-Society Fellowship

The Greenhouse Technology-Art-Society Fellowship program, is a residency for researchers, technologists, and artists, to explore the ways in which emerging digital technologies are transforming Indian society.

For the past three years, we have shared our studio space in Goa with Quicksand Design Studio, seeking to find synergies and collaborative possibilities between policy research and human centered design. For example, last year some of our research around the Future of Work made its way to an exhibit by Quicksand on Humanitarian Futures at the Barbican museum in London.

We are now excited to announce the Greenhouse Technology-Art-Society Fellowship program, a 24 week residency for researchers, technologists, and artists, to explore the ways in which emerging digital technologies are transforming Indian society, and build formats for research communication that enable broader public engagement on these issues.

Our first fellow is Aishwarya Viswanathan. She is a researcher and visual artist. In her research, she is currently exploring the aesthetics and spectatorship of online video and its role in transforming human interaction and engagement. Her work involves visualizing research insights and inquiries through photography and video. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts and a Master’s degree in Aesthetics and Visual Cultures. Her areas of interest include digital media culture, philosophy and new media art.

The Greenhouse Fellowship, offered by Tandem Research and Quicksand, is a chance to explore the future of space that lies at the intersection of art, technology, and society. Its objective is to explore the various ways in which technology plays a role in civic participation.

I am particularly interested in the significance of the visual medium with respect to citizenship. Over the years, conflict situations have found citizens taking the decision to engage in first-person reportage. As violence unfolds in front of those present at the scene (as victims, attackers or bystanders), images and videos of the crisis are viewed simultaneously on social media platforms. This type of 'visual citizen reportage' is particularly significant in times of new surveillance strategies, misinformation and the current social and political climate.

In the next six months, I will explore the potential and challenges of how this digital image culture is transforming the ways in which citizens engage with crisis situations. The outcome intends to highlight the deeper mechanisms at play when creating, sharing, and viewing such images and videos.

Authors

Urvashi Aneja

Urvashi Aneja is Founding Director of Tandem Research. She works on the governance and sociology of emerging technology; southern partnerships for humanitarian and development assistance; and the power and politics of global civil society. Urvashi is also Associate Fellow at Chatham House and a columnist for the Indian Express. She has a PhD from the Department of Politics & International Relations, University of Oxford. Previously, she was Associate Professor of International Relations at the OP Jindal Global University and Research Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation.

Aishwarya Viswanathan

Aishwarya Viswanathan is a Research Fellow at the Technology, Art and Society program, jointly led by Tandem Research and Quicksand Design Studio. In her research, she is currently exploring the aesthetics and spectatorship of violent user-generated media on social media platforms, and its role in transforming human interaction and engagement. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts and a Master’s degree in Aesthetics and Visual Cultures.