EyeMyth Festival 2019 in Mumbai to examine the convergence of art and technology

The EyeMyth Media Arts Festival in Mumbai will bring together artists from India and abroad, and focus on new media expressions and immersive storytelling.

by Shraddha Nair Published on : Nov 12, 2019

In a world of constant updates and upgrades, it’s not just our smartphones that race to keep up with the times. Our lives are infiltrated with new channels of information every day, and the languages we use to communicate are perpetually evolving. Simultaneously, the way we view and consume art is rapidly changing as well. From medium to media, the future of art is building itself in front of our eyes. In recognition of this growing culture, Quicksand Design Studio is launching the fifth edition of EyeMyth Media Arts Festival - a three-day long festival set to take place across multiple venues in Mumbai, Maharashtra, in November 2019.

  • Official poster for EyeMyth Media Arts Festival 2019 | EyeMyth Media Arts Festival | STIRworld
    Official poster for EyeMyth Media Arts Festival 2019 Image Credit: Courtesy of EyeMyth
  • EyeMyth 2016 in collaboration with Japan Media Arts Festival - Japanese guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi talks to his daxophone, and his daxophone talks back to him; in this personal graceful communion he filled up the concert hall at Edward's Theatre with sounds reminiscent of birds, animals, landscapes and conversational hilarity | EyeMyth Media Arts Festival | STIRworld
    EyeMyth 2016 Mumbai in collaboration with Japan Media Arts Festival - Japanese guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi talks to his daxophone, and his daxophone talks back to him; in this personal graceful communion he filled up the concert hall at Edward's Theatre with sounds reminiscent of birds, animals, landscapes and conversational hilarityImage Credit: Courtesy of EyeMyth

EyeMyth is more than just a showcase of cutting-edge technology combined with jaw-dropping visuals. It also creates a harbour for artists, creators, and visionaries who have one foot in the present and another in the future. The festival brings an exciting and engaging programme to the table, curating a conference, workshop, showcase and performances into one riveting event.

While the organisers are dedicated to celebrating new media art, their vision for this festival extends beyond - creating a safe and open space for radical ideas, new collaborations, and most importantly for creators to learn, unlearn and discover while building a community for new media artists in India. EyeMyth Festival started off in 2011 as part of UnBox Festival. After realising the significant gap in the new media art sector in India, EyeMyth Festival has been cultivated into something bigger than itself. The festival is one of the few in the world and the only one in India to establish a platform dedicated purely to new media arts.

  • EyeMyth 2016 Mumbai in collaboration with Japan Media Arts Festival - envisioning futures where man and machine work symbiotically together towards great collaborative benchmarks. There is no man vs machine, but rather man and machine | EyeMyth Media Arts Festival | STIRworld
    EyeMyth 2016 Mumbai in collaboration with Japan Media Arts Festival - envisioning futures where man and machine work symbiotically together towards great collaborative benchmarks. There is no man vs machine, but rather man and machine Image Credit: Courtesy of EyeMyth
  • EyeMyth 2016 - a concept for a puzzle from the game, which involves a shrine to celebrate the beauty in nature. It symbolises the Goddess Meenakshi | EyeMyth Media Arts Festival | STIRworld
    EyeMyth 2016 Mumbai in collaboration with Japan Media Arts Festival - a concept for a puzzle from the game, which involves a shrine to celebrate the beauty in nature. It symbolises the Goddess Meenakshi Image Credit: Courtesy of EyeMyth

Avinash Kumar, co-founder of Quicksand and Creative Director of EyeMyth, says, “The Indian digital arts scene is at the cusp of becoming exponentially more potent and diverse. The next decade of Indian creativity will hopefully create a distinct and powerful identity for its creators and their work globally. EyeMyth sees the need for entities like itself to articulate and expand on the emerging discourse around these new currents. There are very few safe spaces for these new communities to express their practice as well as build new creative networks.”

At its inception, EyeMyth was a ‘visual music festival’, which combined visual elements to create surreal audio-visual (AV) experiences. Today the festival is teaming with events that are sure to ignite your curiosity, both intellectual and artistic. The conference will feature over 50 panelists, representing new media spaces from Australia, Switzerland, the UK and of course, India. Another exciting feature on the itinerary is Bhavishya Bhojanalaya - a futuristic brunch curated by India’s leading food provocateur and chef Gresham Fernandes, served alongside some low-fidelity music curated by indie label Skip-A-Beat.

EyeMyth 2016 Mumbai - a buffet spread of delicious sounding synthesisers and drum machines on display, right before Galcid & Hisashi Saito took over Dolby Labs Mumbai headquarters to conduct an insightful workshop on the subject of analog gear | EyeMyth Media Arts Festival | STIRworld
EyeMyth 2016 Mumbai in collaboration with Japan Media Arts Festival - a buffet spread of delicious sounding synthesisers and drum machines on display, right before Galcid & Hisashi Saito took over Dolby Labs Mumbai headquarters to conduct an insightful workshop on the subject of analog gear Image Credit: Courtesy of EyeMyth

The showcase is set to feature a diverse line up of artists displaying their latest projects from VR (virtual reality) films to indie video games, generative art and more. Finally, every day will be finished with what EyeMyth does best - a thrilling AV performance after party. EyeMyth Festival is truly pushing the boundaries of art, performance and new media, while creating a unique space to build networks and communities.

Soichi Terada, a Japanese musical composer, at EyeMyth 2017 | EyeMyth Media Arts Festival | STIRworld
Soichi Terada, a Japanese musical composer, at EyeMyth 2017 Image Credit: Courtesy of EyeMyth

Curated from start to finish, the festival is set to take place from November 29 to December 1, 2019, at the following venues - Deepak Cinema (Matterden / Lower Parel); AntiSocial (Lower Parel); Flea Bazaar Cafe (Lower Parel); ISDI (Lower Parel), Mumbai. Step in, join this one-of-a-kind experiential festival, and be a part of the creative community of the future.

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