Kaliyu-topia, Kiveshan Thumbiran’s MA exhibition, takes a have a look at South African Indians in post-apartheid South Africa, and remixes epic Hindu texts with modern dystopic realities. Thumbiran sat down with Youlendree Appasamy to speak by his art-making course of, which is a mix of digital artwork, video artwork and printmaking.
How lengthy did it take you to make pictures for the exhibition, after which collage them into varied scenes?
Kiveshan: The art work itself took a few week to create for no different cause than that the dimensions of the print took very lengthy to avoid wasting and course of on a pc.
Almost about every print it may take as much as two to 3 hours.
That is truly fairly quick but it surely’s as a result of I’ve been working in and instructing Photoshop for nearly 4 years now.
What was the considering behind printing on PVC banner? It jogged my memory of promoting banners, which additional lends to a capitalism as dystopia theme, in my thoughts.
Kiveshan: In addition to it referring to concepts of financial dystopia in addition to the attribute of dystopia to interchange the actual with artificial (like actual grass with astroturf or animals with cyborg; the PVC would change paper), the PVC banner turns into a bit which is cellular and has longevity. My work might be disconnected from the gallery house and positioned into the general public house and in a position to face up to the weather and put on and tear with out concern.
Had been the scenes thought by beforehand, after which pictures made?
Kiveshan: Sure, earlier than partaking with the scenes I first consider the thought and narrative and undergo a writing course of the place I write the narrative of my work as if I’m a sage who’s trying to put in writing this story for future generations. Ending this, I then go into the artmaking course of.
What pursuits you about collaging in your art-making?
Kaliyutopia by Kiveshan Thumbiran. The artist sees collage making as greater than a prelude to creating artwork work
Kiveshan: The collage has at all times been an curiosity of mine because it has at all times been a prelude to one thing else within the educational artmaking house. One collages pictures to create a reference for drawing, portray, sculpting or use in printmaking. Many artists don’t realise that the reference itself is an art work that may maintain its personal. To take the collage away from the sub-category of reference I’ve as a substitute included it into the digital print. The thought of chopping one thing up and making one thing else of it has been an curiosity of mine. Mixed with my information in Photoshop and skill to conceptualise imagery that may make use of the method, I discover myself taking a look at imagery that would not be conceived with out this course of.
What sort of supplies do you’re employed with in your art-making course of, or what supplies do you gravitate in direction of? Why?
Kiveshan: As an undergrad and graduate I discovered myself caught within the romanticised concepts of drawing and sculpture because the methods to make work. Nonetheless, the unsaid rule of shifting from undergrad to grad and postgrad in an setting resembling an artwork college, one should look to fixed pushing of their boundaries. So, after shifting into drawing and digital collage in my fourth 12 months in 2016, my put up grad deserted drawing and conventional artwork types for the digital expertise. The world is altering; the artwork world is not any exception. The rule of progress is, swim with the wave or die. I imagine that digital artwork is the longer term and that to turn out to be a form of pioneer within the subject is important. The digital medium is the medium of the longer term.
How lengthy have you ever been making video work?
Kiveshan: It was a module in my second 12 months of research in 2014, however I by no means actually made video work till I received into doing my grasp’s.
Why did you select to make use of QR codes?
Kiveshan: The QR code expertise is a extremely large proper now, particularly as a result of it’s being applied into our modern cost techniques the place you possibly can scan a QR code and pay. I assumed that it could be a great way to interact with the databases on my work.
May you stroll me by your typical course of in making Kaliyu-topia? On Instagram I noticed you drawing Honourable Ravan – did sketches come into the making of Kaliyu-topia?
Kiveshan: No sketches on paper. I take advantage of the precise Photoshop software program to plan out and create my work. So my course of begins with considering of a problem I want to take care of. I then have a look at Hindu mythology for scenes, characters or incidents which may relate to stated situation. This results in me looking the web for pictures which I believe may work after which start the method of chopping, collaging and reimagining these pictures into my imaginative and prescient. This course of may simply take two hours.
The exhibition is on at UJ, the place Thumbiran now lectures in new media research, till March 29