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Buzzcut Residency Hamshya Rajkumar

Mon 14 December — Sun 20 December 2020

Hamshya Rajkumar

Hamshya Rajkumar is a multidisciplinary artist. She graduated with a BA(Hons) Sculpture & Environmental Art from the Glasgow School of Art in 2018, and Land Arts of the American West 2016 alumna.

By situating the body outside the constraints of binary structures, she explores our human place in a world where ‘nature’ is separate, dominated and objectified. Her performance work strives to reveal the spectrality of multiple scales of coexisting lifeforms as a social body. Her experience in dance originates in Bharathanatyam, leading her to experiment with improvised dance, movement and physical performance. Recently she has completed the Emerging Socially Engaged Artist Residency at Mount Stuart.

Hamshya was awarded the 2020 BUZZCUT Emerging Artist Award, for which she will undergo a research process into Ecologies of Land+|Sea:scapes. She defines this as aspects of natural Land & Sea, including the sounds and behaviours of animals, which are embedded into human language and gesture, forming the foundations of culture – and how the cultural qualities or norms they birth – champion, restrict or shame our bodies.

This will culminate in an immersive performative soundscape, manipulating animal and human codes and sounds which are used as acts of wayfinding, such as distorting the oscillations of bats calls which are akin to techno music. She aims to create a space which alleviates the alienation contemporary urban society feels to what is deemed as ‘The Natural World’.

She will develop this piece over 2020 & 2021 and show it in 2021.


BUZZCUT & CCA have partnered to provide a series of residencies for Scotland-based performance artists.