Sumugan Sivanesan is an anti-disciplinary artist, researcher and writer. Often working collaboratively his interests span migrant histories and minority politics, activist media, artist infrastructures and more-than-human rights. He is currently pursuing fugitive radio to research anticolonial and migrant media in Helsinki, in collaboration with Pixelache and with support from the Kone Foundation. In Berlin he organises with Black Earth, a collective who address interacting issues of race, gender, colonialism and climate justice.
Sumugan earned a doctorate from the Transforming Cultures research centre at the University of Technology Sydney (2014). He was a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for English and American Studies (Cultural Studies), University of Potsdam (2016) supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to research ‘Urban Eco-politics of the Anthropocene’, blogging at: shadowofthefuture.org.
He has received grants from Kone Foundation, Finland (2020, 2019), Create New South Wales 360 Visions virtual reality development program (2017), Australia Council for the Arts Literature (2014), Australia Council for the Arts Emerging and Experimental Arts (2013) and Australia Council for the Arts Music Board (2008, 2005) among others.
With the artist and writer Tessa Zettel he co-founded The T. Rudzinskaitė Memorial Amateur Lichenologists Society during a two month residency at the Nida Art Colony to develop a work for its 2018 Inter-format Symposium ‘On Rites and Terrabytes.’This follows on from their multispecies urban/artistic research project, Plan Bienen.
Over September and into October 2020 he participated in the Onassis AiR collaborative research residency, School of Infinite Rehearsals, Movement I in Athens.
In November 2018 he was in residence at Insituto Procomun LABxS Santos, Brazil where he intiated Lunch Against Work: Almoço Contra o Trabalho, a social kitchen and laboratory for exchanging knowledge about plants, poverty, foraging and food systems.
Late in 2014 he undertook a two month residency with the Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, funded by the Australia Council for the Arts Literature (2014) and Arts NSW (2014). Here he initiated a critical writing and micro-publishing project, Theoretically Tamil.
His published texts on art and culture are collected at slowtheory.org.
'Plan Bienen: Sharing (in) the more-than-human city.' (with Tessa Zettel) A Peer Review Journal About: Excessive Research, vol. 5, no. 1, DARC (Digital Aesthetics Research Centre), Aarhus University, School of Communication and Culture, February 2016.
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