An alumnus of the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore, Prayas Abhinav graduated with an advanced diploma in Experimental Media Arts in 2009. His deep interest in politics, pedagogy and the interactions between the humanities and digital technologies fuels his multidisciplinary practice, finding expression in projects as varied as speculative fiction, software, games, interactive installations, public interventions and curatorial projects. He describes himself as an 'occasional teacher', conducting workshops at the Centre for Environmental Planning Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad and the Dutch Art Institute at Arnhem as well as teaching at the Centre for Experimental Media Arts (CEMA), at his alma mater.
"What was challenging about the work is that when we developed the image digitally, it was not made keeping in mind the physical form it would finally take. The images that we initially developed had very fine details, which is why we had to revisit the images to make sure that lines were thick enough so the forms could be laser cut. This was the first time I have done a scanimation work of this proportion and it was trying, doing them totally analogue", says Abhinav.
He continues reflectively: "Creating a motion simulation work in analogue is an inverted approach. The placement setting and what we are responding to is quite different ... I am certain that my art practice has developed in a very big way through this project, for it has enabled me to see visual techniques and methodologies at a larger matrix. It has also sensitized me to a new kind of problem solving, of how a team of artists respond to a larger stimulus. Before this I had worked mostly on my own ... As a result, this working on scanimation or analogue frame by frame animation was a new learning experience."