2018–2020 Gayatri Kodikal (India)
Gayatri has an academic background in Film and Video Communication from The National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and Psychology from Christ University, Bangalore. She is a self-taught game designer and has taught Creative Writing for Games at The Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology – all of which defines a distinctive creative artistic enquiry oriented towards the use of games in tackling historical and post-colonial issues. Her creative strategy relies on the speculative historical, and oscillates between the imaginary and the documentary. The process of assembling and disassembling, arranging and rearranging, becomes a repetition akin to a ritual in the game world. Gayatri explores game as a vehicle for conceptual enquiry, opening up possibilities of research. This analytical approach is evident in her installation The Travelling Hand, where the viewer becomes a player who unravels a narrative based on the actual archaeological discovery of a severed hand that belonged to a 17th century queen from Georgia. Archival materials, found footage, sound, image, and text, constitute the many layers that the viewer/player interacts with.