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Surabhi Saraf

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Surabhi Saraf is a media artist, composer, and performer based in San Francisco. Surabhi has performed solo at Thessaloniki Contemporary Art Biennial, Greece, Currents International New Media Festival, Santa Fe, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, SF and Max Mueller Bhavan Goethe Institut, Mumbai & New Delhi among others. Her collaborative work has been performed at NETMAGE 10 International Live Media Festival, Bologna, Soundwave Biennial ((5)), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

Surabhi is the recipient of Eureka Fellowship Award 2015 by the Fleishhacker Foundation, the Djerassi Resident Artist award and Artist + Process + Ideas Residency at Mills College Art Museum in 2016. She has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke in Mumbai and Hosfelt gallery in San Francisco. Her videos have been shown at TIMES SQUARE, New York, Blanton Museum, Austin, the Hunter Museum of American Art Chattanooga, TN and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Vojvodina, Serbia.  Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Time Out Sydney & Mumbai, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Blouin Art Info, Art Practical, and KQED Arts. Surabhi’s videos have been screened at international video art festivals and galleries in Spain, Netherlands, South Korea, Israel, Greece, Australia and Italy. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 with an MFA in Art and Technology.

Surabhi Saraf is represented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai and Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco.

She is the founder of Centre for Emotional Materiality (Upcoming Fall 2018) that focuses on four main themes:

  • Embodied cognition and machine learning.

  • How Artificial Emotional Intelligence impacts the people and economies that depend on emotional labor.

  • The earth materials that enable technology and their impact on the environment and the body.

  • Emergent myths and beliefs that center technology in the social imagination

Surabhi is an active member of Bay Area based artist activist collective called 100 Days Action, that was formed after the 2016 US presidential elections.