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The Undivided Mind | Art & Science Residency 2016


Residency Dates: 5th March – 16th April 2016

Application Deadline: 31st January

Please send your applications to ‘’


Khoj invites proposals for 2016 edition of The Undivided Mind, a six – week international residency program for artists and creative practitioners whose work explores the intersections of art and science.  The aim of the residency program is to carry forward Khoj’s core mission of supporting experimental, emerging art practice from around the globe, and to provide an open platform for interdisciplinary dialogue and exchange. The Undivided Mind intends to bring together artists and scientists as equal partners, with an aim to create a space which pushes the boundaries of scientific research and creative expression. Selected artists will have an opportunity to develop new hybrid projects and proposals in the arts and to explore the idea of the science lab as an artists’ studio.

The theme of the 2016 edition of The Undivided Mind is ‘Health’. Within this broader framework, three curatorial frameworks or modes for exploration are suggested. Terrestrial Health refers to that which is on, or related to the earth. This sub – theme suggests an investigation into the physical health and structure of the body (both human and animal), the environment, the community and the interrelations between these spheres. Mental Health refers to that which is of or relating to the mind. This sub – theme focuses on a psychological investigation of what constitutes Health of the mind and raises questions about the ‘socially’ defined state of well-being; where issues’ surrounding the legal rights and entitlement of personhood, for those living with a mental disorder is open for debate.  Finally, Extraterrestrial Health may refer to any object, being or idea beyond the planet Earth. This sub – theme opens up a space where the relationship between Earth and other planetary bodies can be studied. What does it mean for human existence when sending human life forms to Mars is projected to take place by 2020? What are the long term effects and solution to space debris if life projects out beyond Earth? This sub – theme also invites applicants to consider the abstract and metaphorical imaginings of health in contemporary and future societies.

While applicants are encouraged to consider these themes in the formulation of their proposal, it is in no way mandatory, and proposals outside the purview of these themes are also welcome.

Selected applicants will also have the opportunity to engage with bodies of research and with the individuals indicated below.


To Apply:

Application are open to Artists – in – residence, and a Critic – in- Residence.

Please apply with the following documents, sent in a single e-mail:

  • Recent C.V. (If a team or group is applying, please attach C.V. of all members)
  • Project proposal / outline of proposed project concept.
  • Web links or images (not more than 5 MB in size) and video (not more than 25 MB) of completed past works.


Please note, Khoj will be able to provide selected participants with travel costs, shared residential space and a modest per diem in addition to a production budget.


In association with the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance, the following researchers and scientists will be participating in the project:

(NOTE: If an applicant wishes to connect with any of the following researchers in advance of submitting their proposal, please contact the Khoj team at ‘’ for an introduction)

Dr Venkatasubramanian Ganesan, NIMHANS Bangalore

Clinician researcher studying schizophrenia.

Dr Pallab K Maulik, The George Institute for Global Health, New Delhi

Develops and evaluates mobile-based affordable evidence-based mental health services in rural India.

Dr Anurag Agarwal, IGIB, New Delhi

Works with experimental and computational approaches for understanding biological and clinical aspects of respiratory diseases, especially asthma.

Dr Tavpritesh Sethi, AIMS, New Delhi

Clinician-turned-researcher interested in developing methods for predictive and preventive medicine and to translate these to the bedside. He is working on using Big Data to forecast health risks in the ICU.

Dr Lolitika Mandal, Indian Institution of Science Education and Research, Mohali

Biologist studying stem cells in fruit flies.

Dr Urvakhsh Mehta,NIMHANS, Bangalore

Clinician investigating neuropsychiatric disorders.

Dr Sheetal Gandotra, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi

Studying the pathogen that causes tuberculosis.


Funding support from Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance