The Academy of Electronic Arts
[also known as The Academy of Experimental Arts]

Flexhibitions 2013
Programmed by The Research & Innovation Ashram - Guwahati
Rukmini Nagar || Guwahati || Assam || North-East INDIA

Shazeb Shaikh ~ Shankar Barua ~ Diya Sarker ~ Gouri Shankar Mukherjee
also see: Flexhibitions 2014

Shazeb Arif S.
[September-October 2013]

Shazeb Arif S. is a multidisciplinary artist, curator and entrepreneur. With a background in digital advertising with Grey Worldwide and Ogilvy, Shazeb went on to partner global and national creative initiatives and entities. He is a Trustee with The Academy of Electronic Arts (New Delhi) that promotes creative experimentation and innovation across practices via various platforms, including:
The Carnival of eCreativity (CeC), an annual incident (2006-2013) that brings together global artists, scientists, and thinkers across experimental practices.
Research and Innovation Ashram (RIA), currently being established as a first model in Guwahati, Assam, to foster research & innovation by providing a space for creative experimentation and collaborations.

Shazeb is also a core member of The Wall Project (India), an initiative that has brought a positive impact across the country with permissible paintings in public spaces, and; a Founder of Conjure Arts and Media, a Mumbai-New York nexus that is exploring the mediums of films, first generation innovations, hybrid art products and space design. Conjure's films have already been selected at prestigious festivals such as Cannes, Raindance, Dubai, and Chicago, besides winning major awards in Shanghai, Stuttgart, New York and Los Angeles.

As a live performer, Shazeb manipulates his own visual works with real-time processing + story telling. He also writes structured prose and poetry.

**Shazeb created an original visual artwork for his flexhibition at The RIA.

Shankar Barua
[October 2013]

Shankar Barua has been many things in life before coming around to his present preoccupations as Managing Trustee of The AeA, in which role he is also driving The RIA experiment in Guwahati. These include adventure-travel writer & photographer, asst. editor and designer of magazines, illustrator, publisher, pack-shot photographer, well-digger & drought-relief worker, book-author, columnist, artist, musician, tea-taster, corporate consultant, advertising copywriter, public speaker, photography workshop leader, public relations professional, TV anchorperson, product prototyper, film-maker, and so on, and on.

Whereas he continues to be some of these things still, his primary goals presently have to do with promoting and empowering creative experimentation & innovation in countries such as India, on the back of the burgeoning evolution and spread of technology.

**Shankar put together a selection of his earlier visual artworks for his flexhibition at The RIA.

Diya Sarker
[October-November 2013]

Diya Sarker is a multimedia artist based in Mumbai, where she lives with her two cats. Hailing from an army-family background, she has lived in different parts of India and has extensively travelled around the country. Her work spans illustration, design, photography and video, usually using her cats, friends, and localities as subjects. She is a Consultant Art Director with a major advertising agency in Mumbai, and last presented her personal artwork at CeC 2013.

**Diya created an original visual artwork for her flexhibition at The RIA.

Gouri Shankar Mukherjee
[November-December 2013]

Gouri Shankar Mukherjee has spent years at the cutting-edge of commercial art, having worked over many years for top advertising agencies in India such as JWT, O&M, and Clarion McCann, where he creatively contributed towards the development of products and brands such as ITDC, Dabur, Escorts, Nestle, DCM Toyota, Ind-Suzuki, Ford, Pepsi, Lifebuoy, Lexus Home Appliances, Usha fans, British Airways, and Pall Mall, to name a few. He was also associated with public service campaigns created for UNICEF, Sanjivini, Pulse Polio, Iodine Deficiency Disorder, Mera Bharat Mahan, Pollution Control of India, and the Ganga Cleanup Project, amongst many others, in addition to contributing art-direction along the way for magazines including, Soma, Destination India, Diplomatic Core, and Surya. He even designed a philatelic stamp for the Indian Postal Service, on The First War of Indian Independence.

**About the original charcoal-drawing he created specifically for the flexhibition in Guwahati, Mukherjee says, "Meditation came to me as I took on my journey into this Flexhibition. 'Anando' is not just a visual interpretation of equines, but a work of stillness toward a will to form. It is an internal journey towards outward expression of the nature of love; free of restraint, full of freedom, aligned with the power of the universe."

Having now seen two lovely daughters into independent adulthood, Mukherjee presently utilizes his time drawing nature from life and his environment, primarily with charcoal, pen & ink, or crayons. He is also well known, and much sought after, for lending time to mentoring children interested in arts practices.

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