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Srinivas Harivanam (b.1992, Bellary, Karnataka, India) is a media artist. His practice is an inquiry into frictional spaces in a ‘tribological’ sense, navigating the social fabric woven with the caste structures and his embodied experiences. In this process, he situates himself to annihilate it through speculating new technologies or to contest it through spatial interventions. In this process of piercing the social barriers, Srini creates spaces that redefine, reinvent, and repurpose the idea of love, trauma, and community. In theoretical physics, tribology is a study of ma¬terial properties concerning the sliding of two surfaces and the outcome, which he reinterprets in the context of social surfaces. He currently engaged in speculations to re-code linear timelines - to create friction and inspect them in a discursive context. Anchoring around intergenerational trauma, technology, boundaries, and resistance around the body. His non-laminar research consists of wandering, reading, and auto-ethnographic approaches. His design interventions are sculptural site-specific installations, object modifications, tweaking, and drawings. Presently, his work is a part of a group exhibition, ‘Plea to the Foreigner ‘at Bamako Encounters - African Biennale of Photography,13th Edition. Srini was artist-in-residence at Lichtenburg studio, Berlin, supported by Goethe institute Bangalore,2022, and KHOJ Peers, 2021, New Delhi. He completed his master’s in New Media Design from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.


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