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BLOG

An Evolving Arc(x)

The host of Arcx, Anjali Alappat, shares what we’ve learnt from season one, our hopes for season two, and what should be on your reading list regardless.

FILM

Leonia

Drawing inspiration from Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, visual chronicler Gaurav Ogale reimagines Leonia, an opulent city of waste and expelling. Fifty years later, the novel remains just as relevant, as we continue to discard with abandon, quick to forget our ever-growing mountain of trash. Watch Leonia, a dazzling and inventive short film from Dark ‘n’ Light.

ARTICLE

The Old Science is New Again: Revivals of Ancient Ideas in Modern Physics

Sometimes, ancient ideas simply get left behind. And sometimes, they blossom. Ideas like the ultimate nature of reality itself. Join astrophysicist Paul M. Sutter for a revival journey into the tiniest crevices of existence and see where insatiable curiosity leads.

PERSONAL ESSAY

Eye in the Sky

Examining the defence strategies of butterflies and moths, ecologist Anisha Jayadevan reflects on how women are raised to take up less space, constantly fear potential predators, and find inventive ways to camouflage.

PODCAST

Listen to Arcx

Listen to the latest episode of Arcx with host Anjali Alappat.

PODCAST

Listen to Stories from The Subverse

Listen to the latest Story from The Subverse.

FILM

Oculus Flight

Water is a strong conductor of sound. In our second outing with Cosmodernism, join us for a voyage into cymatics, the study of sound and vibration made visible on water.

INTERVIEW

Reviving the Art of Letter Writing: Artist Sumedha Sah on the Snail Mail Project

Does anyone still write letters the old-fashioned way? Is letter-writing dead? We speak to Sumedha Sah, who not only refuses to give up on letters, but also responds to them by creating gorgeous art.

FILM

Máhccan/Homecoming: songs from Karasjok/Kárášjohka (Northern Sami)

What does home sound like? Join us for a revival journey in Northern Sami with artists from Karasjok who keep yoiking alive through their music and performance. Yoik is a form of song tradition of the Sami people whose meaning transcends its musical and poetic dimensions. In this film we see yoik through the eyes of the band Rolffa and the music producer Rolf Amundsen, the narration and art of Jo Morten Kåven and the amazing footage from Jan Helmer Olsen.

BLOG

Introducing Arcx, a Podcast About Literary Inspiration

In Arcx, a six episode mini-series, we talk to six South Asian sci-fi, fantasy and speculative fiction writers, and trace their ideas from conception to execution. We’re peeling back the layers to learn about the media that influenced them, the stories that changed the way they see the world, and the stories they have yet to tell.

ARTICLE

The Chandigarh Chair: Exploring the Nuances of a Revival

What was once designed as a utilitarian chair for government employees in Chandigarh has now become a sought-after design classic. Following the journey of the Chandigarh chair, design historian and graphic designer Nia Thandapani looks at the ethics and mechanics of revival.

INTERVIEW

An Institution Reimagined: Aditi Nayar-Zacharias on Redefining Museum Culture

By actively encouraging people to use their space and connect over shared discoveries of art and culture, a museum in Kerala is rediscovering its purpose. Aditi Nayar-Zacharias, director of the Kerala Museum, speaks to us about changing people’s perceptions of museums, community sculptures, shared spaces, and what revival means in the context of a museum.

BLOG

Introducing The Revival Project: Stories of Reclamation and Rediscovery

We are in the midst of a modern-day Renaissance, where eager minds are exploring the rebirth, revitalisation and reintegration of neglected and forgotten arts, cultures and ideas. In this series, we will be delving into the nature of these revivals and the stories surrounding them.

BLOG

Becoming Water: Highs, Lows, Ebbs, and Flows

We know what water is. We’re surrounded by it, composed of it, we drink and expel it. And yet, it remains unfathomable. Dark ‘n’ Light founder Susan Mathews plays with the different faces and interpretations of this life-creating molecule.

POETRY

Alone, Together

A visual poem with art by Lina Krishnan and text by Priyanka Sacheti about finding value in solitude and togetherness, in seeing things alone but also witnessing it in unison. Photo credit: Priyanka Sacheti

PERSONAL ESSAY

Overturning Desi Stones and Bones

Anupama Chandrasekaran, writer and podcaster, takes us behind the scenes of her audio documentary series—Desi Stones and Bones. Tracing her personal odyssey from Chennai to the heart of dinosaur country, she visits sites of ancient seas and dinosaur nests and introduces us to a host of intriguing characters. Learn more about her adventures in this essay.

PERSONAL ESSAY

A Tamil Animist: Gleaning Identity, Nativity, and Animate Wisdom from Tamil Culture

As a naturalist, writer, educator and activist, Yuvan Aves has a unique perspective. In this personal essay, he explores animism in Tamil culture and literature, and delves into themes of philosophy, ecology, polyvocalism, education and identity.

FILM

The Spider

Connecting impossible corners, this poem by Devaki Panini celebrates the spider and its prolific world building. With Vinayak Varma's animation plus music and Umberina Rao's narration, we journey through landscapes to the red spider nebula near the heart of the Milky Way.

ARTICLE

The Now That Never Is

Can we agree on a universal ‘now’? Astrophysicist Paul M. Sutter ponders and plays with the idea of the fleeting and ephemeral now.

PERSONAL ESSAY

Sunsets, Long Walks and Mimosas

Poet and writer Joshua Muyiwa takes us on a journey of rediscovery. In this personal essay, he explores themes of identity, the wonders of the natural world, the spaces we inhabit and how we do so. Read on and let yourself be immersed in Joshua's musings.

FILM

Dance with Gravity

Introducing ‘Dance with Gravity,’ a Dark ‘n’ Light production that takes its inspiration from the Earth Board, a modern manifestation of the centuries-old Shena Board. The film honours the Persian culture and traditions that conceptualised the board and combines mythology, poetry, movement and music to tell a unique story.

PERSONAL ESSAY

A Fraction of the Universe

16-year-old astrophotographer and stargazer, Prathamesh Jaju, takes us time travelling using only a camera, a tripod and a telescope. Through his beautiful images, we’re able to catch a glimpse of our vast universe and capture a small fraction of it.

ARTICLE

A Modern Manifestation: The Evolution of the Earth Board

Ancient Persia has given the world many things that have endured the passage of time. One such object is the Earth Board, a fresh take on the Shena Board, a tool that has been used for hundreds of years. Learn more about the history of the board and the storytelling and myths that were the catalyst for many aspects of Persian culture.

ARTICLE

On Nothing: A Journey Into the Void

Paul M. Sutter, astrophysicist, contemplates the vast emptiness of the cosmos and how we have grappled with the concept of "nothingness" through philosophy, art, music and science.

BLOG

Spinning a Cosmic Web: It’s Filamentary, My Dear

In this blog, we speak of cosmic webs and spider webs and their filamentary structures. Through myth, folklore, and artistic representations, we explore further the scaffolding from which galaxies were born and our own stories emerged.

PERSONAL ESSAY

A Natural Dissonance

Vena Kapoor discusses spiders, invertebrates and other creatures that have been labelled 'creepy'.

FILM

The Crystal Lab: Behind The Scenes

Take a tour into how Cosmodernism made "The Crystal Lab".

FILM

The Crystal Lab

We teamed up with Cosmodernism which oscillates around experimental audiovisual arts and performance to create this film using amino acids.

ARTICLE

A gut feeling: Finding beauty in the wabi-sabi way

Wabi-Sabi, a Japanese philosophy, is the beauty of all things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. We harbour our own army of micro artists — the gut microbiome. The gut of the human body nourishes a secret garden arranged in asymmetric, mismatched patterns, creating a wabi-sabi masterpiece of symbolism.

BLOG

Welcome to the Subverse: of sonic and liminal crossings

The Subverse is the vessel for our sonic voyages, partly a take on the uses of subversion to thwart power, and about stories that lie in the margin and the ‘liminal’.

FILM

Animal origami

An illustrated poem that features tweaks, beaks, and the intricate origami of thoughts. Folding and unfurling an excerpt from "Of bug, bee and beast", a book of poetry by Devaki Panini.

PERSONAL ESSAY

Dispel the inky darkness

Behind every project is a story. A personal essay by Devaki Panini on the writing of her book “Of bug, bee and beast”, a tender portrait of other species and the species that we humans ‘other’.

BLOG

Between the dawn and the dark of night

The title is a line from the song ‘Ripple’ by the Grateful Dead. The song lyrics embrace paradox, contradiction, and non-duality and we will explore that and more in our Dark ‘n’ Light journey.