Highlights Of Past Work

Interactions, conversations & presentations.

Journal

Learning insights, design exercises, fiction &  new inititives.

Views of some collaborators, readers and students

I worked with Prayas at Khoj when creating the first playable section from our sprawling narrative project, called Somewhere. And then later at SIDE in Jaipur, where we collaborated on a short experimental game called Menagerie.

It is in dialogues with him, and in subsequent interactions that I was able to create a framework for a form of literary reading of game processes, which has become a central thesis of our subsequent work.

Prayas' writings (especially from the Museum of Vestigial Desire) continue to remain a lasting inspiration, and I find his texts a perspicacious revision of ideas about Memory, Computation, Language and History.
Dhruv Jani
Game Designer, Oleomingus
Closure been quite significant to me, especially over this past month.

It's been something I find myself going back to over and over again.

It's really beautiful.
Rishika Anchalia
Internet Reader
Prayas mentored us during interactive art project at NID. discussions with Prayas were challenging my monotonous patterns of thinking which resulted in developing multiple and more interesting ways to see, think and articulate.

Discussing ideas with Prayas has always been interesting for me as he presents a very unique world developed through his own body of work.
Bhargav Padhiyar
M.Des. (New Media Design) Student, at National Institute of Design, India
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About

Portrait of Prayas Abhinav

Prayas Abhinav is an artist, teacher and entrepreneur. He has been professionally active for the last 10+ years. At present, he is working on a startup called Storyflock.in that has interests in e-learning, applied research and novel forms of content development. He has worked in the last few years on numerous pieces of speculative fiction, software, games, interactive installations, public interventions and curatorial projects (see practice). He has written extensively on poetic thought as a form of lingual communication (see interest in poetic thought). He contributed to research and projects at northeastwestsouth (n.e.w.s) (Amsterdam, NL). He has conducted workshops at Centre for Environmental Planning Technology (CEPT) (Ahmedabad), Dutch Art Institute (Arnhem, NL), MICA (Ahmedabad) and National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad & Bangalore). In the past, he led the Centre for Experimental Media Arts (CEMA) at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore (see teaching). He is the initiator and the Director of the Museum of Vestigial Desire.

He has developed his research and practice with the support of fellowships by Sarai/CSDS, Openspace Pune, the Center for Experimental Media Arts (CEMA), TED and Lucid (see research). He has been in residencies at Khoj (India), Coded Cultures (Austria) and dis-locate (Japan). He has shared his work at festivals including Transmediale, 48c, Futuresonic, ISEA and Wintercamp.

He lives with his family (wife, son and dogs) in Ahmedabad (India).

My CV.

NID, MICA, DAI, Indus University, CEPT, Srishti
Prayas Abhinav has taught at these institutions