Vidya Giri

artist/engineer/houstonian



suryanamaskar

Movement that flows with the progression of time

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suryanamaskar is a time-based digital sculpture that coordinates movements of the revered suryanamaskar sequence to the solar day.


On view at upcoming online group exhibition, re:present, at New Media Artspace from June 27 - August 1, 2022.

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collectiblr

Creating online presence through virtual collectibles.

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collectiblr is an ongoing 3D/AR project that reflects on what makes something collectible, valuable, and worth remembering in the internet age.


Featured in Digital America Issue 19 (Spring 2022).


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Sculpted in Our Image, Forged in Our Minds

Design and development of virtual exhibition for InterAccess, Toronto.


Inspired by the myth of the golem and the robot, both reflections of humanity’s dreams and simulations, the exhibition explores what we can learn about our world and relationships to others from simulated realities.

Through virtual environments, digital beings, and generative simulations, artists Sarah Boo, Mads Brimble, Benjamin Chang, Cezar Mocan, and Andy Wallace explore the parallels between our dreams and simulations, and the wider implications between our physical and digital worlds. The exhibit was curated by Tristan Sauer for the 20th Annual InterAccess Current Exhibition and programming coordination was provided by Megan MacLaurin.


Shown at InterAccess, Toronto, Canada + online (December 2021 - February 2022).


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Reformations

Networks of cultural identity.

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Reformations is an interactive piece exploring cultural identity, corresponding networks, and migrations over time. It utilizes face detection and reduction algorithms to depict the interconnectedness of points in a system that balances culture and identity. Although the visualization of the moving lines and points can be viewed as decimation and reduction of original traditions, it can also be viewed as that of flexibility and the creation of new pathways in a vast world.


Exhibited among the work of 21 artists at South Asia Institute Chicago for the Diasporic Rhizome exhibit (March-May 2021).


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Reformations

Fragmentations

A video painting where pixels are dragged across a digital canvas.

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An amalgamation of homes, cultures, and experiences from the US to Indonesia, Thailand, and India, depicted with footage and voices recorded over 6 years. The film is edited and presented across three channels, depicting stark divides and the subsequent blending of these fragmentations that have coexisted over my life.


Screened at Moonfruit at the Moody Center (2018).


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Fragmentations

Resurrection Fern

Appreciation for a plant of great resiliency.


A three-channel video piece dedicated to the resurrection fern: a poetic, symbiotic organism. The branch used in this installation is one that fell during the storms of Harvey and contains remnants of life on it, including resurrection ferns.


Presented at the Rice Media Center Showcase 2018.


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Resurrection Fern

Inhale/Exhale

Breathing mechanical life into paper geometry.


Inhale/Exhale showcased several expanding contraptions that "inhale" and "exhale" through the use of motors and Arduino. The expanding origami ball was constructed from a single 5 x 10 foot sheet of paper and is connected to strings and motors controlled by an Arduino to move inwards and outwards. By powering the movement of expanding and contracting of the objects, we bring mechanical life to the objects, giving them the ability to move autonomously.


Presented at the KTRU Outdoor Show 2017.


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Doodlebots

A workshop where little cubes come to life.


Doodlebots is a simple workshop where participants create a little doodling robot. Each Doodlebot consists of a cardboard cube, markers, motor, battery and connecting wires and tape. A propeller is attached to the motor shaft to create the vibrating motion that allows the Doodlebot to jump around and move across the paper, causing the markers to draw on the paper. The erratic and organic motion of the Doodlebot across the paper allows participants to discover how motors can bring life to the inanimate.


Workshops were organized in 2016-2017 at several locations with various organizations: Children’s Museum Houston, Society of Women Engineers, Houston Independent School District, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, Rice University Solar Studios, and the McMurtry Innovation Space.


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Doodlebots

Flamingo Watching

In defense of the overtly flowery things in this world.


A short animated film based on a poem by Kay Ryan that expresses an admiration for the oddities that exists in this world. No one trusts that which is artful or requires more effort. Elaborate, intricate details are juxtaposed with animation to display an appreciation for flamingos and other overtly flowery things.


Selected for the Extremely Shorts Film Festival 2018 at the Aurora Picture Show.


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Flamingo Watching

Deadening Exuberance

Various visual outputs formed by sonic inputs.


From the Thresher: "KTRU’s goal of bringing more art to the show came to life in the form of multimedia pieces, consisting mostly of projections. Among the projections were mesmerizing loops of geometric shapes that lured onlookers from the stage to the back of the Grand Hall. The pieces by Art + Engineering are the final proof that engineering students are actually not too busy to appreciate art and even create their own. Trippy cocoons of squares served as an Instagram-worthy background for many of the onlookers."


Presented at the KTRU Outdoor Show 2018.


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Days Amongst Trees

Slow reflection on branches and moments in time


A slow reflection on moments in time and the present, through the frame of branches across skies, lakes, and trails. A series comprised of acrylic paintings set around the landscapes of Madison, Wisconsin and Brazos Bend, Texas.


Selected for the Fifth Annual Tiny Show at the Texas Art Asylum (2020).


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Days Amongst Trees