Ansuman Biswas

While working in a number of conventional genres within visual art, music, and theatre, Ansuman Biswas is particularly interested in interdisciplinary practice. In 2003 Picture This commissioned Ansuman to respond to the archives at the South West Film and Television Archive.

Ansuman Biswas was born in Calcutta, trained in England, and now has an international practice ranging across music composition and performance, film, live art, theatre, installation, and writing. This practice has included directing Shakespeare in America, translating Tagore's poetry from the Bengali, making underwater sculptures in the Red Sea, living with wandering minstrels in India, being employed as an ornamental hermit in the English countryside, travelling with shamans in the Gobi Desert, working with neuroscientists in Arizona, touring with Björk, spending two days blindfolded on Exmoor, playing with Oasis, co-ordinating grassroots activists in Soweto, being sealed in a box for ten days with no food or light, making a musical in a maximum security prison, holding seminars with monks in a Burmese monastery, and flying on a magic carpet in Russia.

Ansuman has shown work at Tate Modern, The South London Gallery, The Whitechapel Gallery, the ICA, Edinburgh Festival, Barbican Centre, The Liverpool Biennial, The National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, NSA Gallery, South Africa, Yerba Buena Centre, San Francisco, and even in zero gravity!

He has been artist-in-residence at the National Institute of Medical Research in London, at the Headlands Centre, San Francisco, at the Guangdong Modern Dance Company, China and at NICA (Networking Initatives in Culture and the Arts) Yangon, Myanmar.



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2003 - 2006

Ghosting developed in response to the growth of contemporary artists’ interest in archives.