Born 1980, Amitesh Grover is a performance-based artist in New Delhi, India. His practice explores intimate performance - in time, in labour, in technology, in art.
His recent works include BACK TO WORK Series (2017), MOURNING Series (2016), SLEEP Series (2014). To build his performances, he deploys several roles, that of an imposter, observer, guest, director, interviewer, coder, worker, writer, and artist. He collaborates with experts such as curators, scientists, philosophers, hackers, gamers, politicians, stock- brokers, cleaners et al to produce performances, texts, objects, images, installations, and films. His performances seek to build Per-formapedia, states of archive that are always endemically mutating.
He was nominated for the Arte Laguna Prize (Italy 2018), Forecast Award at Hauz Der Kulteren Der Welt (Germany, 2015) and is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies including Tokyo Culture Creation Project (Japan, 2013), KMAT Residency (Australia, 2011), Ustaad Bismillah Khan Award (India, 2009), & Prohelvetia Residency (Switzerland, 2008). Works have been shown in performance festivals and exhibitions in Germany, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, England, Mexico, China, Philippines, & United States.
He has also presented talks at IMPACT ’17, International Transdisciplinary Symposium at PACT, Essen (Germany, 2017), ‘How To Produce Worklessness’ at Kiran Nadar Museum (Delhi 2017), ‘Per-forming Excess’ at Performance Studies International (Hamburg 2017), and ‘Performapedia - ON AUDIENCE, EXPERIENCE, DESIRE’, UNIVERSITY OF EXETER (UNITED KINGDOM 2016) among others.
He is National School of Drama (India) alumnus (2004) and was Charles Wallace Scholar at University of Arts London, U.K. (2006). In addition to being guest faculty at several art, design and architecture colleges, he is Assistant Professor at NSD, where he teaches Performance-Making, both in practice and theory. He also leads a course on Interactive Art (M.F.A. degree program) at Shiv Nadar University. His work, thoughts, and press reviews are available online <www.amiteshgrover.-com>.
Arte Laguna Prize nomination in Virtual Art Category, Venice, Italy
Performance Studies International fellow, Hamburg, Germany
Brigstow Institute residency in interdisciplinary arts, Bristol, United Kingdom