The Kalpana

Our notion of "Kalpana", the name of our group that is also activated in this project, takes into account three different imaginaries: the imaginary of time, the imaginary of form, and the imaginary of future fiction. Kalpa, first, as the unit of time, which is the time of Indic cosmology, indeed as the largest unit of time that encompasses the beginning of a cosmos and its end, is the underlying grid of things as they were, as they are, and as they will be. Kalpa + ana, second, as the imaginary of form, where the suffix lends to kalpana the meaning of "imagination", but which literally means the faculty that takes what one can experience, to all the possibilities of its transformation, or the way we as observes imagine things as they were, are, and will be. Imagination is the faculty that projects changes in the underlying form of everything: we imagine things, ideas, structures, beings, changing, evolving, morphing, becoming something else in a never ceasing process. Finally, kalpavigyan, as the future fiction imaginary, where imagination becomes wedded to the transformation of knowledge (gyan) of the material world (vi+gyan). We take these three imaginaries in our practice to engage in the worldbuilding process in our work.

Goutam Ghosh

Goutam Ghosh

Goutam Ghosh currently lives and works in India and Oslo. He explores speculation and animation through his drawing/16 mm film projects, as well as the study of mechanisms within himself and others which correspond to his ideas of energies and movements in Geo-Bio engineering. In an exploration of this engineering, he initiated a collaborative publication in conversation on Tantra, energy respiration, and autonomy of objects with Susanne M. Winterling, Elizabeth Povinelli and Kustubh Das. His recent solo exhibitions include a show at Centre Pompidou (Paris, October 2017), Bootstrapping (Project 88, Mumbai 2017), ...Ascribing to them Birth, Animation, Sense and Accident (Standard, Oslo, Norway, 2015); Soyle Modern Art Gallery (Oslo, 2013). Selected group exhibitions include: Between the Ticks of the Watch (The Renaissance Society, Chicago, USA, 2016); Thinking Tantra (Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, India and Drawing room, London, 2016); Dal Dizionario, Galleria Raucci/Santamaria, Naples, Italy (2015); Shoe show, Gallery Podium, Oslo, Norway (in conversation with Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay, 2013); and Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway (2015). He will be at residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart, 2019).

Susanne Winterling

Susanne Winterling

Susanne M. Winterling, born and living in Rehau and Oslo, works across a range of media to explore the sentient economy, digital cultures and the social life of materials across our built environment. Winterling's practice reflects upon political as well as aesthetic entanglements and power structures among human/ animal/matter. Forms and materials narrate about species and the elements in today's challenging geopolitical context. She also remains focused on historical feminist practices and the commons and puts spotlight on different ways of knowledge through embodiment. She ping-pongs the art conversation on {Pandora's Box}. Constantly challenging and questioning the prevalence of artistic media in society, Winterling is known for her time-based installations critically engaging the representation of reality. Prevailing modernistic concepts, power structures and hierarchical historiographies are captured and investigated in her work in the form of spatial constellations. Her practice emphasizes what pure information and form leaves out-including a sensual approach to media and material informed by the understanding of immersion and power as energy flows. With an emphasis on enhancing our perceptual and critical consciousness, Winterling undertakes affective and material-based research that highlights the subjective interaction between producers, viewers, materials and species in our ecology. Recent exhibitions and projects include Myths of the Marble (HOK Oslo and ICA Philadelphia), An Inventory of Shimmers (MIT), Contour Biennale 2017, Sitevisit (Kunstverein Freiburg), Space Elevator: Streetbodies and Donkeydreams (The Cologne Room, Los Angeles), Complicity (Kunstverein Amsterdam).

Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay

Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay

Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay works on future fictions, and he is especially interested in the scientific bases for projecting possible futures. He is Senior Researcher at the Department of Culture Studies, University of Oslo, where he works on contemporary climate fiction and ecological fiction, as well as quantum fiction. He is also fellow of the Imaginary College at the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, and, in 2018-19, at the Centre for Advanced Study at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. He is the author of the "mythologerm" series of articles that established kalpavigyan as a template for research on Indian future fiction. He is the founding book series editor of Studies in Global Genre Fiction (Routledge). His recent publications include the anthology of global science fiction+art All Borders are Temporary (Transnational Arts Production, Oslo) and Indian Genre Fiction: Pasts and Future Histories (Routledge 2018). He is Editor in Chief of Fafnir: Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research.