this is how i roll! © 2016. Harshit Agrawal, @harshitrnnh (instagram, twitter)


i am a new media artist and human computer interaction (HCI) researcher. Through my artwork, i want to create experiences for people to explore and express with seemingly distant technologies like artificial intelligence/ machine learning, drones, digital fabrication, sensors, augmented reality and in the process invite people to reflect upon and re-evaluate their relationship with technology. We live within a complex sphere of technical processes, and seldom do our experiences make us stop and come face to face with them, sit down and have a conversation with them, become comfortable with them to a level that we start reflecting on how they are truly affecting us. As an artist, i want to raise questions and get to raise questions around such influences that technology has on us.

Often, these artworks are tools to study how technology can blend with and enhance human creative expression. A lot of the work i do currently focuses on the interplay between human and machine imaginations and intentions, spanning across virtual and physical embodiments.

i am a graduate of the Fluid Interfaces group at MIT Media Lab and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Guwahati). i’ve carried out art residencies at various places to develop my practice in diverse cultural contexts, including at the Art Center Nabi (Seoul), Museum of Tomorrow (Rio de Janeiro), Kakehi-Lab (Tokyo/ Yokohama). i’ve been privileged to exhibit my work at premier art festivals and museums around the world, like the Ars Electronica Festival, Tate Modern, Asia Culture Center (at Otherly Spaces/Knowledge exhibition curated by Kazunao Abe-san), QUT Art Museum (Why the Future Still Needs Us exhibition), Museum of Tomorrow, Alt-Ai (at the School For Poetic Computation, NYC), Art Center Nabi, Laval Virtual, BeFantastic Festival (Bangalore, India), ISEA. My work has also been extensively covered in international media. Along with this, i’ve published several research papers on creation tools at human computer interaction conferences, including Siggraph, UIST, UbiComp, TEI, IUI, IDC.
(Here is my CV)

Gave a talk and was on a panel on Designing for AI at NUMA, Bangalore as part of Bangalore Design Week and IxDA (Interaction Design Association) Bangalore Chapter. (4 Oct 2018)
Gave a talk and was on a panel on Mixed Reality and AI in Art at the Laval Virtual Asia/ World Virtual Reality Innovation Conference, China. (27-29 Sept 2018)
Tandem exhibition in preparation for a museum in Germany.
(author)rise exhibited at Laval Virtual, an annual Virtual Reality and Emerging Technologies festival. (Laval, France). (3-8 April 2018)
Tandem and A Flying Pantograph exhibited in the Otherly Spaces/ Knowledge exhibition at Asia Culture Center (Gwangju, Korea), curated by Kazunao Abe. (2-25 March 2018)
(author)rise demo presented at the Intelligent User Interfaces conference (Tokyo). (7-11 March 2018)
Gave an artist talk at BeFantastic Festival (new media art festival in Bengaluru, India). Tandem was also exhibited at the BeFantastic Festival. (15-17 December 2017).
Tandem was installed at the Museum of Tomorrow (Rio De Janeiro) for an year long exhibition on Artificial Intelligence. (4 January 2018).
Participated in the Artificial Intelligence and Inclusion Symposium at Museum of Tomorrow (Rio de Janeiro). Exhibited Samba+AI music experiments at the symposium. (8-11 November 2017).
(author)rise was exhibited at the Ars Electronica Festival (Linz, Austria). (7-11 September 2017).
Tandem (v1) was exhibited as part of the Why the Future Still Needs Us exhibition at QUT Art Museum (Brisbane, Australia). (August-October 2016)
Artist+Research residency at Kakehi Lab/ JST Erato (Yokohama, Tokyo). (March-June 2017).
Gave a talk at around Artificial Intelligence and Creativity at PICNIC Brazil (11 November 2017)
Artist Residency at Museum of Tomorrow (Rio De Janeiro). (October-December 2017).
Gave a talk around creative experiences for self-expression at INK Talks (several TED global speakers speak at INK annually). Was also part of the INK Fellows cohort for 2016-2017 batch. (Goa, India) (16-18 September 2016).
Artist Residency at Art Center Nabi (Seoul). (July-August 2016).