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Urshita Gautam

MA work

Nonplace

Set in March 2031, Nonplace is a speculative fiction concerning the art world and market.

Tirelessly researched, it draws on a wide range of published sources, interviews and other materials. This first-person account of events is an interlacing of multiple areas of interest that became the ingredients of a prophecy – a future qualification and valuation system for artists practicing in the virtual space of the Internet. I have always been intrigued by the irony of alternative interpretations of capitalist models that are, simply put, ‘better’ capitalist models. Eager to explore this ‘upgrade’ in the context of the contemporary art world, centred in the Western Hemisphere, I mused of a point in time when artworks that existed in the virtual space of the internet would challenge this physical market.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Arts & Humanities

    Programme

    MA Critical Writing in Art & Design, 2018

  • Writer, critic and researcher.

    I thrive in orchestrated moments of chaos, where high culture meets popular culture. It is what cultivated my interest in narratology, perspectives and structures of writing. I am currently equal parts obsessed with cyberpunk science fiction, fantastical Japanese anime, and a plot-line that deals with ‘marginalised, alienated loners who live on the edge of society in generally dystopian futures, where daily life was impacted by rapid technological change, an ubiquitous data-sphere of computerised information, and invasive modification of the human body', (Lawrence Pearson).

  • Degrees

  • BArch, University of Mumbai, 2015
  • Experience

  • Contributing writer, Vogue, 2017; Contributing writer, Architectural Digest, 2017
  • Conferences

  • Ethics of Technology in Medical Design, Royal College of General Practitioners, 3 April 2019
  • Publications

  • Nonplace, 2019; Mutating Binaries, Ossian Magazine, 2019; Index. see Pale Fire, Near Variations, 2018