November 2009



 Artist Statement





Georg Simmel says ‘ The characteristic experience of modern city is living among strangers who remain strangers’[1]
Human interactions and inter-relations have been the main concerns of my art practice. I have been studying the status of the individual in an urban city context and the effect that the landscape, architecture and culture of the Metropolis has on social relationships. The rapid rhythm, the close proximity with other constantly mobile individuals, the sensory overload of noise and images lead to increasingly isolated and insulated humans. Through my art practice, I try and create an augmented reality[2] by reappropriating existing pervasive mediums such as CCTV cameras which are very much part of the mordern urban landscape. By doing so, I hope to renew or replace the prevailing general sense of ‘apathy’ with a sense of ‘empathy’. My intention is to create an relational responsive environment which would blur boundaries by redefining the sense of place. Technology such as CCTv cameras and video projectors are not just a unit or device but an enabling structure that merge into the fabric of space. The hope is that for just a moment there is a subtle change; a mental, physical and emotional pause that the user of the gallery space experiences as he encounters the artwork.


[1] http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/viewArticle/1544/1459
[2] Augmented reality (AR) is a term for a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are merged with (or augmented by) the existing architecture of the building - creating a mixed reality. With the help of advanced AR technology (e.g. adding computer vision and object recognition) the information about the surrounding real world of the user becomes interactive and digitally usable. Artificial information about the environment and the objects in it can be stored and retrieved as an information layer on top of the real world view. The term augmented reality is believed to have been coined in 1990 by Thomas Caudell, an employee of Boeing at the time[1].







 

 



CV

ART PROFILE  



Commercial Profile


  • Producer, Masterchef India Season 2 Auditions is London, UK. July 2011.
  • Recent commission of web video for thebestofgerrardscross and thebestofbeconsfield. This commission involves videoing of all the local businesses who are members of the website. The brief being that the webclip should be a visual representation and a reiteration of the close knit community that thebestof aims to inculcate within its members.
  • Katies Kitchen: Brief was to create a webclip that can be used for marketing the cookery courses conducted both in London and in Buckinghamshire, June 2011, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvJE56gJs6I).
  • Beauty Salon,: brief was to create a marketing video and webclip for services offered by the salon. (http://vimeo.com/19752579), March 2011
  • V&A: Late evening event in the V&A, DVD and webvideo. . (http://vimeo.com/20017304), Feb 2011
  • Commissioned for production of video diary of Gerrards Cross Fun Run, May 2010, http://www.gxfunrun.co.uk/; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0VqRdypB4M              



Fine Art Profile

  • Curator, The Re... Show, Nov 2011,                         http://thereshow.org/The_Re_Show/Artists.html
  • Videoworks of 101 seconds without sound,101 project by AMBruno involving 43 artists at The Lab Gallery in New York, 4th to 25th of November 2011, http://vimeo.com/30755672.
  • Bucks Open Studio, The Visual Images Group 2011, 18th June -3rd of July, http://www.bucksopenstudios.org.uk/exhibitor_details.asp?id=1126
  • Exhibition of Sculpture at the “HerStory”: The 15th  Women’s Work Exhibition at The Link Gallery, University of Winchester, West Downs Campus, Romsey Road, Winchester SO22 4NL, 8 June – 9 July 2011. http://www.womenswork.org.uk/page2.htm
  • Wild Pansy Press Project Space and AMBruno, University of Leeds, 31st March – 20th April 2011. http://www.wildpansypress.com/
  • Established 'Pehchaan Arts', Production and Editing of Web Videos for marketing, January 2011; rekhasameer@pehchaanarts.com.
  • Emerald Framing Gallery, Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, Dec 2010-Feb 2011, Painting & Sculptures. http://emeraldframes.com/frames-gallery.htm
  • High Town Art For All, High Town Street, Luton, Bedfordshire. Nov-Dec 2010. site specific CCTV Installation, Sound installation.                                         http://www.hightownartforall.co.uk/HighTownArtForAll/Index.html
  • Q-Art Presents II (work in progress...), Nov 2010 , Video Installation, APT Gallery, Harold Wharf, 6 Creekside, Deptford, London SE8 4SAhttp://www.aptstudios.org
  • Enter10, Watermans Gallery, Brentford, Greater London, Nov 1 until Nov 30th, 2010, Exhibition of Video, Sound installation, Site-specific Installation,                                                  http://www.watermans.org.uk/exhibitions/exhibitions/enter/enter10.aspxMasters in Fine Art, Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London, Sept 2010.
  • Research Paper titled ' One Day Travel Card',  May 2010
  • Round Hole, Video, 101seconds in duration                                                                              
  •  Audrey Burton Gallery, Parkinson Building, Woodhouse Lane, University of Leeds,                   Leeds, LS2 9JT. 
  • Round Hole, Video, 13th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, Leeds, March, 2010.
  • Art Installation, B-Fest, Luton Arts Festival, 29th Jan until 28th Feb 2010, The Mall, Indoor Market, 37 The Luton Arndale Centre Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 2TA 01582 412 636http://www.beds.ac.uk/news/2010/feb/100203-art 
  • Central St Martins MAFA, Interim Show, Bargehouse,  South Banks, London; 28th Jan - 31st Jan 2010
  • Presentation, Q-Art London convenor on Monday, November 30th at Royal College of Art.
  • ‘Dhooli’, Solo exhibition at The hat Factory, Luton, August 2009, (in-situ)
  • Central St Martins College –Interim and Degree Show, June 2009
  • Video screened at World of Tea exhibition at Departure Centre, March 2009
  • Video screened at Other Asias – Current 1, at Nolias Gallery, Nov 2008
  • Photographs exhibited at ‘Chobir Hat 2nd Friendship Art Exhibition 2008’, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Short Video short-listed and screened at Camden Arts Centre in April 2008
  • Exhibited Video Installation/projection in Byam Shaw School of Art, Jan 2008, (in-situ)
  • Interned in Zoo Art Fair, 2007
  • Exhibited work at Watford Museum, 2007
  • Trinity Buoy Wharf Residency, 2007, (in-situ)
  • Assisted in Live Art Fashion Show by Liam Mcauley, 2006
  • Brief experience as Animation Assistant, 2006
  • Foundation Final Show, 2006, BCUC, High Wycombe
  • Video Links: http://www.youtube.com/love16mm
  • Blog Link: http://www.rekhasameer.com/

OTHER EXPERIENCE
  • Web Video Producer/Fine Artist 
  • Architectural drawings for planning.
  • Experience in Teaching undergraduates
  • Experience in Special Needs teaching and classroom assistance for children (11 to 17 years)
  • Two years experience in market research
KEY SKILLS
  • Proficient in Final Cut Pro, Pro Tools, Indesign, DVD Studio Pro, Toast Titanium, Photoshop, Flash.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
  • MA Fine Art, 2010, Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London
  • BA Fine Art (Film and Video), 2009, Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London
  • Foundation Degree in Art and Design, Buckinghamshire and Chiltern University College
  • Diploma in Computer studies, NIIT, Bombay, India
  • Masters Degree in Political Science, Bombay University, India
  • Bachelors Degree in Political Science, SIES College, Bombay University, India
CONTACT
Mobile: +44 (0) 7796224756

'In a Minute': Video (1 min),




This video was filmed and the one minute is unedited and a continuous narrative shot.

Sculptures



‘Dhooli’: Art Installation with Sound, August 2009



Dhooli, (Cradle), is a visual and aural work of art that is intended to be a political statement by the artist. In this modern contemporary world of ours, children are increasingly at risk from poverty, disease, abuse and war. At an age when they need to be comforted and protected, babies and children are increasingly being used as human shields or scapegoats by the same people who are supposed to be protecting them. Dhooli consists of 10 colourful saris[1] hung from the ceiling at varying heights. The colourful saris represent the celebration of birth and the ensuing feelings of happiness, comfort and protection. One black sari hangs amidst the colourful ones representing death and the increasingly dangerous world that babies are born in today. This sense of duality is emphasised in the accompanying sounds of lullabies and mourning songs that are played in the same space.

Dhooli also reflects the multi-cultural elements of the city of Luton by the colourful use of fabric familiar to Caribbean, African and Asian communities that call Luton their home.
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[1] A sari or saree or shari is a female garment in the Indian Subcontinent.[1] A sari is a strip of unstitched cloth, ranging from four to nine metres in length that is draped over the body in various styles.

Sound

1. Bombay Jayshree, Vatsalyam (Mannupugazh), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgJeI5wj-Xw

2. Ghada Shbeir, Aramaic lullaby, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4536l4Y4VY

3. Marta Sebestyen: Szerelem szerelem, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WYVr-qdAXU

4. Lena chamamyam, Da3ouni ajoudou, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffb6JUsAmB8

5. 300 Movie - The Death of Leonidas and Unique Bulgarian Song, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PP-c_-lxu

Degree Show - Central St Martins College of Art and Design, July 2009


The statement made by Nicholas Bourriaud, ‘Art is a state of encounter’ [1] in his book titled ‘Relational Aesthetics’ would be the starting point and a point of arrival for my art practice.  Being in London, it was inevitable that inter-subjectivity and interaction in this social urban context become the central theme of my art practise. It was interesting that though a ‘State of encounter was imposed on people’ 1 in the city, that people seemed more insulated and isolated than in any other context. My art practise started with questioning this state and my investigation began in attempting to identify and break through this barrier. I started by trying to get friends and other art student to get involved in an experiment called ‘Round Hole’ whereby the participants with no knowledge of their potential experience, were blindfolded and led into a room and asked to explore the objects in front of them. The resulting video of them participating, I decided to present as a video projection in a small contained space to a small group of viewers. From the ensuing discourse, I decided to take on board the comment that it seemed more like a self portrait and decided to further investigate this aspect. I decided to re-shoot and rework my strategy and decided to involve only women in my project and, though difficult, to try and recruit only strangers. Over a few more presentations and follow-on discussions, I realised that my video projection of women blindfolded wasn’t necessarily communicating the nervousness, excitement, fear and disappointment that I experienced when approaching strangers and my nervous attempts to persuade them to take part in my video project. Similar emotions were experienced by the women who decided to take part in my video once they were in an unfamiliar context in the basement of the college with a person they didn’t know! Though I was out of my comfort zone when approaching strangers on the public street, once they were in the room blindfolded, I felt the power of being in control of another. This transference of emotions and power and the change in the context from a public space to private space seemed not apparent in the artwork.

It therefore became significant that I am able to translate and transfer those emotions to my artwork. It became important that the viewer, the receiver of my work is able to experience the emotions and tension that I and the people who participated in my experiment felt. I wanted the viewer to be able to experience the change both in the physical context as well as mental state of the artist and the volunteers taking part in the experiment.

I have in my current work tried to simulate public and private space and considering the limitations of the space assigned have taken the decision to use sound and light as my mediums. I have created an environment that would situate the viewer firmly within the work and not outside it and also have the freedom to complete it. It is an assemblage of light and different sounds, interspersed with silences to provoke and renews distant memories and associations and alliances.
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[1] ‘Relational Aesthetics’, By Nicolas Bourriaud, Published by Les Presses du rĂ©el, 2002, ISBN 2840660601, 782840660606

'Gap': Audio DVD (02m18s), Jan 2009



In this project, I am exploring the gap that characterises any understanding or interpretation of theory. There is a certain gap between what the author intended and between how the theory is actually understood by the reader. I have found this gap sometimes very wide when I read a certain theory, and sometimes it is very narrow. I am trying to articulate this gap through sound and images. This is my first attempt at realising this idea. I have recorded the sound of a mature adult male voice reading Benjamin’s theory on Photography and a young boy reading an interpretation of that theory.