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The absent presence

- an international, experimental hybrid collaborative-performance conceived

by Arpita Akhanda 


‘The absent presence’ a part of the initiative EA Locus in Focus is a live, experimental, networked cyber-interaction between six performance artists ‘via the lens’ to create a site for contemplation that exists outside of geographic boundaries, while raising critical questions of identity, space, interaction and the access of information. In view of the current climes it also investigates the notion of ‘live-performativity’ and how it is being generated and experienced continually by anyone with access to a ‘lens’ and furthermore, whether this virtual/networked space could be established as a critical, collaborative arena.

Arpita Akhanda collaborated with artists spread across India and the world on one platform. Artists- Claire Nichols (UK), Bhisaji Gadekar (India), Sumedha Bhattacharyya (India), Imaad Majeed (Sri Lanka) and Delphine Mei (Taiwan) collaborated with her for this project.
The performance took place on Saturday 13 th March, 2021 from 5:30 pm at Emami Art, Kolkata Centre for Creativity, 1st Floor amphitheatre zone and the program was also stream live on Emami Art Facebook and Instagram page.

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