In order to explore their heritage in the realm of futurity, cultures from all over the world are incorporating tech and design as the field of artificial intelligence develops. This is especially true now that the pandemic has made it abundantly clear how much digital spaces can do for our community. Young artists from all over the world are promoting artificial intelligence (AI) and making strides in fields like diversity, accessibility, mental health, community building, and more.
By experimenting with formats like graphic novels, live dance performances, and music, Avinash Kumar of Antariksha Studio is enhancing our cultural narratives through heritage. In the realm of video games, they also make use of visual allusions to India’s rich and complex culture.
Previously, non-Indian teams predominated on these platforms in the multi-media space, heavily relying on stereotypes. The young developer is currently working with others in the AI field to change people’s perceptions of what an Indian video game can be like.
The project was motivated by Kumar’s mother, Guru Jayalakshmi Eshwar, a visual collaborator on Antariksha and a classical Indian performer of the age-old dance form of Bharatanatyam. Her dance production of the same name, which featured vignettes of Indian mythologies and developments in human flight, was created in 2010 and 2011. In the form of a transmedia play, the entire story weaves together India’s cultural heritage. The protagonist takes inspiration from Srinivasa Ramanujan, a famous Indian mathematician, and the background music is written and performed by Carnatic musicians. It skillfully captures a wide range of expressions that go beyond generalizations about culture.
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