Joyfulness and celebration, colourful dance and rich tales, South Asian culture has given us a multitude of fascinations that uplift our lives. To celebrate the global south and the UK’s largest Asian community, we present Sudden Beams, our first programme focusing on South Asian artists from 1 March till the end of April.
Sudden Beams introduces work by UK and international South Asian artists working with sound and digital media, presenting work on Platform Asia’s website and across social media platforms. See and experience music, sound, food and film through three free programmes about South Asian culture. Learn about artists’ practices through artworks, commissions, journals and more.
Sudden Beams is a free programme available to access worldwide. Supported by Arts Council England.
Programme of events
Normalising Disaster: 1-14 March
Homing In: 15-31 March
Public Roots and Beaten Tracks: 12-30 April (TBC)
Normalising Disaster explores common human experiences, such as emotion and morality, and the influence of mythology, hyperreality and technology on our lives. The exhibition features work by artists Devadeep Gupta, Vishal Kumaraswamy, Sarker Protick, Sahej Rahal and Himali Singh Soin, curated by Moritz Cheung.
Homing In reflects on phenomena that have emerged out of the pandemic, exploring experiences of isolation from digital communication to being a refugee or migrant. Homing In presents five new digital commissions by artists Suleman Faisal, Fatima Khademi, Rajinder Singh, Himali Singh Soin and Shanzay Subzwari, curated by Chloe Hodge and Zena Khan.
Public Roots and Beaten Tracks investigates sound as a form of testimony, uncovering hidden voices, forgotten ecologies and landscapes in South Asian history and the present. Led by curator Canan Batur, the programme presents a series of digital journals, podcasts and screenings.
Sudden Beams is supported by Arts Council England, produced by Platform Asia.
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