Episode 074 – Shammi Raj Bhalla | Tech Art explorer, & Co-creator of Cyrcus Collective, & Sensistan

Shammi Raj Bhalla is a co-creator of Sensistan, and Cyrcus Collective. In addition to being a Tech+Art explorer, he’s an artist in the making.

Shammi also teaches at the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Expect to find him learning the latest in technology, and mingling with new age artists.

Listen to his story from engineering studies and chasing Wall Street, to empowering communities through art therapy, and now spearheading India’s first Tech+Art museum!

Sensistan is India’s first Tech+Art museum, nestled amid the lush surrounds of
Badem in North Goa, India. Experience various art expressions occupying different spaces, spread across three floors, a terrace, and a tropical garden.

See the website
Follow them on Instagram
Like their Facebook page
Watch their YouTube channel

Step into this interactive wonderland replete with permanent and rotating exhibits that hope to take you on a multi-dimensional journey.

Sign up for immersive workshops, art sessions, and dining experiences that happen regularly.

Cyrcus Collective is a not-for-profit organisation that uses Tech+Art and art therapy to stimulate creative expressions in communities that have had traumatic events.

Also mentioned in this episode
3D PrintingAi WeiweiAmy AdamsAndy TrootootooAnindya Gupta – Ansh – ArrivalArtechouseArtificial IntelligenceArt shares – Art therapy – Assagao – BangladeshBITS PilaniBroadwayBurning ManCambodiaCODECCoded FieldDeep fakeDeep PlayaDisneylandElon MuskFactory Obscura (independent B-Corporation based in Oklahoma, USA) – Family GuyFête des LumièresForesta Lumina seriesFriendsGame of ThronesGeorge R R MartinGeorgiaGrasshopperHimalayan Academy of Music TechnologyHouse of Electronic Arts BaselJens Uwe ParkitnyHologramKinetic artKingdom of DreamsKochi BiennaleLight Art Biennale – Light Festival Italy – LisbonLive Happy GoaLong distance sex toysLouis VuittonMachine learningMagical realismMoDem FestivalMoment FactoryMeow WolfMOMAMuseum of GoaN, N-DimethyltryptamineNaoshima IslandNarcosNeuralinkNew York Stock ExchangeNimesha RanasingheNo Pants Subway Ride – Orlando – Panjim boardwalk – Rahul – Rann of KutchRaspberry PiRed Cross – Richard McKenzie – RohingyaSerendipity Arts FestivalSilent DiscoStephanie Maria LudwigStyle Transfer ImagingSubodh Kerkar – Sujauddein – Taste hackingteamLab*The Metropolitan Museum of ArtThe Wolf of Wall StreetTimes SquareTouchdesignerUNICEFUnited NationsUniversity of MaineUS OpenVincent Van GoghVirtual RealityVR PornWall StreetWestern GhatsYayoi Kusama – Zainul Abadeen

Episode timestamps
– What is Sensistan?
24:30 – Story of Sista, the young girl
27:15 – Awe in art
41:00 – Psychedelics in art
50:55 – Softwares for Tech Art
57:15 – Engaging with interactive art
01:08:10 – Artist operations at Sensistan
01:18:00 – Shammi meets Steph
01:20:00 – Early days during the ideation of Sensistan
01:23:43 – Artshram, Phnom Penh
01:36:45 – Light festivals around the world
01:46:10 – Personal story of Shammi
01:51:00 – Future projects of Sensistan


Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8
Music by Nordgroove from Fugue

Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio Library
by Max Sergeev
Kamogawa Dreaming
by South London HiFi
Mix It Up
by RalpReal

All photographs by Cyrcus Collective, Sensistan, and Shammi Raj Bhalla, unless otherwise stated

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