PARTICIPANT / Yashas Shetty

  • Name Yashas Shetty
  • Country India
  • Vocation Artist
  • Education Not Available

Yashas Shetty lives and works in Bangalore, India.

Yashas Shetty’s practice is situated in the intersection between art, science and pedagogy, creating situations of dialogue between artists, scientists and the larger community.  Working between various disciplines including installation, sound, software and biotechnology, Shetty often creates assemblages/collages of various life forms using techniques borrowed from genetic engineering and synthetic biology. In the work Teenage Gene Poems he isolates a sequence of DNA that produces an enzyme responsible for the smell of wet earth when it begins to rain, which is subsequently injected into the DNA of E.Coli bacteria. By doing so he transfoms the bacteria into ‘living machines’ that produce the smell of rain. The mystique surrounding the aroma of the Indian monsoon is encoded as a genetic sequence, continuing a line of enquiry in his work, the use of scientific techiniques to explore sensitive, emotive and often nostalgic subjects.

During the residecny Shetty will be developing a series of workshops and events, and exploring potential for the building of a “public laboratory”, expanding on versions he has developed previously where a mobile lab is equipped with all the facilities needed to perform rudimentary genetic engineering and is built entirely out of hacked, local, homemade consumer electronics.

Please see Gasworks events section for further details of related events.

Yashas Shetty lives and works in Bangalore, India. From 2006 and 2007 respectively, Yashas has been artist-in-residence at the Centre for Experimental Media Arts, and National Centre for Biological Sciences, in Bangalore. He is also a member of the founding faculty for the Centre for Experimental Media Arts. Since 2007 Yashas has also led a number of workshops as an individual educator, and with the Hackteria collective, for example at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology (2010), National Institute of Design, Bangalore (2009) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (2009). Group exhibitions include; (Dis)appearance of Reality, Stainless Steel Gallery, New Delhi (2010), Interactivos ‘09, Media Lab Prado, Madrid, Spain (2009) and Ghosts in the Machine, Apeejay Media Arts Gallery, India (2006).