Noema: Conception of Form and Meaning in AI
Kaushik Varma is a researcher and a visual artist working in the interweaving of Art, Science and Philosophy. Central to his creative process and research methodology is a blurring of the boundaries between these three domains to foster an interfusing of ideas within these distinct bodies of knowledge.
“Over the course of my career, these disciplines enveloped each other in my works, each surrounding the other, like a series of concentric circles, reflecting and rivaling one another: my work in Computer Science relying on Philosophy for the creation of concepts; my art relying on Computer Science for facilitating a medium of expression and for creating a body of knowledge that I can reflect on; and my philosophical investigations further relying on Art for facilitating a network of signs that pointed me to discoverable concepts upon engagement. Inducing an exchange of ideas between these seemingly disparate viewpoints could allow one access to new perspectives and facilitate the conception of alternate ontological frameworks to better answer the questions that matter to us. Such a facilitation is the primary objective of my research and the same is reflected in my works of art.”
Kaushik graduated with an interdisciplinary degree in Computer Science and Visual Arts from Ashoka University in 2018 where he continued to teach a course on dynamic visual media. He is currently an artist-in-residence at the ArtScienceBLR Laboratory at Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology. He is currently working on an exploration into cybernetic phenomenology that involves a series of investigations into the nature of experience as experienced by the machine.