26 February 2017
The Humming Tree
The Fearless Collective is a participative storytelling movement that seeks to replace fear with trust, creativity and collective imagination in public spaces. Fearless uses street art to spark dialogue on issues surrounding gender-based violence, sexuality, identity, and belonging; reclaiming and reshaping digital space and physical spaces by running large crowdsourced visual campaigns, as well as public art interventions. Fearless has worked around the world, collaborating with communities and organization in Indonesia, South Africa, Brazil, Pakistan, India, Nepal and the United States.
Shilo Shiv Suleman is a visual artist with a focus on the intersection of magical realism, art for social change and technology. She has also designed stages for some of the world's biggest festivals and conferences. She is the founder and director of ‘The Fearless Collective’ that engages with gender issues and art for social change in India.
As an INK fellow, her work became known when her talk made it to TED.com, and got over a million views in 2012. She was chosen as one of the three pioneering Indian women at TEDGlobal, and has spoken at conferences like WIRED, DLD in London and Munich. Founder of the Fearless Collective that uses art to engage with gender in public space she was featured in a host of documentaries including Rebel Music by MTV. She was also felicitated with the Femina ‘Woman of Worth’ award, the New India Express 'Devi Awards in 2015 and the Futurebooks Digital Innovation award in London.
Her collaborations with a neuroscientist on creating art that interacts with your brainwaves and other biofeedback sensors made her recipient of several grants and residencies, including two honorarium grant from Burning Man for the interactive art installations - Pulse & Bloom, and Grove. The biofeedback installations have brought together artists, architects, entrepreneurs, builders and neurotechnologists and have been featured on a host of international media: BBC, Rolling Stone, MSNBC, Tech Crunch, The Guardian, WIRED, and have been exhibited at the Southbank Centre in London, and festivals across the world. The Fearless collective is currently on its global tour with Frida | The Young Feminist fund, engaging with underrepresented communities across the world.
Monica Sharma Dogra
Labeled an Ambassador of “The New India”, Monica Dogra is a singer, spoken word artist, performer,dancer, actor, writer and clothing designer.
As part of Shaa’ir + Func, one of India’s most popular bands, she has won a number of awards, has packed venues all across India, and headlined every notable music festival in the country. She has also performed at some of the biggest venues and music festivals around the world such as Glastonbury (UK), The Big Chill (UK), c/o POP (Germany), Oslo World Music Festival (Norway), MIDEM Music Conference (France), Smirnoff Exchange (Canada), Nokia Music Festival (Dubai) to name a few.
She has been invited to perform thrice at Glastonbury which is considered to be one of the biggest, most anticipated music festivals that hosts music legends from around the world. Her performance at Glastonbury 2009 was sited by two blogs as their "top ten Glastonbury experiences".
She is a judge for India’s very first English singing talent hunt show titled ‘The Stage’.She was the host for a music documentary, television series titled ‘The Dewarists’ that won the bronze "Cannes Lion" at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity.
In January 2016 Monica Dogra released her debut solo album titled ‘Spit’ that features collaborations with music producers around the world like Robot Koch (Germany), Prash Engine-Earz Mistry (UK) & Gaurav Raina (India).
Abhi Malhotra is a music producer who began his career as part of an award-winning L.A. studio called Kickstand. He is a protege of Damian Wagner [Producer: Michael Jackson, David Bowie] and specialises in composing bass heavy beats influenced by a variety of diverse rhythm cultures. Having worked with artists across different genres, he is constantly innovating a blend of cutting edge production techniques with fresh musical ideas.