prayas abhinav's index

Prayas lives in Ahmedabad. He has interests in participatory processes, gaming, textual practices, cultures of technology and cities. More about him here. He is the founder of the Museum of Vestigial Desire (2012), Surfatial (2014), CitySpinning (2007).

Keywords: Web-based art, Curation, Teaching, Performance, Internet studies, Textual practices


Timeline of Practice

1997-2005

I started developing my work with camera-based photo-practice and painting. I held numerous solo exhibitions of my work across the country.


1999-2000

  • Stinksite (dot) com, an archive of rants. It was my first website.

2003-2004

  • I edited & published Crimson feet magazine (A bi-monthly literary art journal). It was among the first few independent literary (web and print) magazines in India. In all, three print and three online issues were published.

2008 and onwards

https://cityspinning.org

  • CitySpinning (temporary Architecture), Cityspinning.org is a platform for documenting urban thought and public art projects in Bangalore, Delhi and now in Ahmedabad.

2012 and onwards

https://museumofvestigialdesire.net

  • The function of a museum is to create a fixed content pool with a uniform type of content. When such a uniform kind of content is created, it becomes a body that establishes a radioactive presence of its own. Museums are theatres, sites of history as well as spaces for performance. Museum of Vestigial Desire is one such museum.

2014 and onwards

  • Surfatial, examines the surface of knowledge through Internet-based talk-shows, text, music and games (although the project was initiated by me, the project has had a dynamic set of collaborators across time).

2017 and onwards

http://pollinator.io

  • http://pollinator.io (in collaboration with Thukral & Tagra) critiqued the process through which value is formulated and established in the art context.

https://storyflock.in|

  • In 2017 Prayas Abhinav founded Storyflock Education and Design Services LLP (https://storyflock.co & https://storyflock.in) - a company providing content and education-based services (social media management, development and strategy), e-learning consultancy and exhibition design services. One of the objectives behind forming the company is to facilitate resources for my social and public art practice. The company currently works with multiple clients in Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Gurgaon.