Lena Heubusch
bangaloREsident@Walkin Studios

Heubusch, Lena © Pearlie Frisch Lena Heubusch studied in Spain, Germany, and the UK and holds an MA in Contemporary Photography; Practices and Philosophies from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London as well as master degrees in graphic and web design. She investigates social environments through collaborative settings - online, offline and everywhere in between - within the format of workshops and talks, most recently at The Graduate Center at City University of New York.

Her work addresses the exploration of collective dynamics that investigate quantum interconnections between the material, the intuitive and the sensitive. Heubusch explores the hybridisation between performance, sculpture, video and sound as means to question the traditional category of image. She performed for Otobong Nkanga’s ‘Carved to Flow’ during Documenta 14 in Kassel, Germany.

Selected exhibitions include among others: Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan  (Bangalore), Melbourne Design Week (Australia), Bétonsalon (Paris), Friche La Belle de Mai (Marseille), The Graduate Center CUNY (NYC), Medialab Prado/Matadero (Madrid), Sluice Biennal (London), Wandsworth Arts Fringe (London), The Crossing (London), The Window Galleries (London), Doomed Gallery (London), Spazju Kreattiv (Malta), CAC (Málaga) and Martch Gallery (Istanbul).

In her artistic practice, she questions the importance of metals like copper in the context of technological progress, as well as its physicality and the fact that it is a finite resource. Lena Heubusch is fascinated by the rapidly growing tech hub Bangalore, especially in terms of the swift adaptation of new technologies and their impact on communities in urban spaces, and would like to focus on the following questions during her residency:

How do we, as bodies, experience a ‘being body’ in the digital realm? 

How can we use new technologies to transform ''difference'' into a tool of commoning?

How can we create safe collective spaces for diverse communities to engage in participation?

These topics will be further integrated into the development of the collaborative project Together With Touch, recently shown at Vega City Mall in Bangalore (IN) and Convent PuntZero in Barcelona (ES), featuring Walkin Studios, performer & mental health specialist Avril Stormy Unger, creative programmer Gaurav Singh and sound designer Nikhil Nagaraj.

During her bangaloREsidency Heubusch envisions co-reating a space for re-contextualision and expansion of practice beyond the European schools of thought.