Photo: Ulf Langheinrich
Kiraṇ Kumār (b.1983) is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher and writer. His work focuses on unpacking understandings of the human body-mind through a trifold practice of dance as art, science and ritual, and on proposals for change that these understandings hold for our contemporary world. Rooted primarily in his somatic practices of Haṭha-Vinyasa yoga and traditional Indic temple dancing, his research unfolds through critical, conceptual and artistic inquiries into premodern Indic cosmologies and cosmotechnics. In his works, these transdisciplinary inquires come to dialogue with pressing personal and planetary problems, through performance, writing, video, installation and archiving as modes of publication.
Following initial study in mechanical engineering at National University of Singapore (2016), he holds an MFA in new media art from City University of Hong Kong (2012) and an MA in dance from Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (2014). Since 2015 his independent artistic research has been supported by the National Arts Council Singapore, Dance Nucleus (Singapore), Centre42 (Singapore), Einstein Foundation, Literary Colloquium Berlin and Robert Bosch Foundation. Recent research fellowships include Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences (2106-18), and Volkswagen Foundation’s ‘Arts & Science in Motion’ program (2016-19).
He is currently based in Bengaluru.