is a Japanese-born contemporary artist from India
Sukumaran was born to a Japanese mother and an Indian father in Sapporo
in 1974. Sukumaran grew up in Shimla
Sukumaran is a trained architect with a degree from School of Planning and Architecture
, India. He holds an MFA from Department of Design|Media Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles
Sukumaran practices media art
using a variety of media to convey complex ideas around public and private, and technology and society.
"Ashok's recent work examines possibilities between human habitat and "embedded" technologies: the physical and social sites of digital media. In adopting the view that many new-media technologies are not fundamentally new, his projects often imagine "what could have been" across the disciplines of interactive art, early and pre-cinema, and architecture."
"My recent work deals with the intersection of human habitat and technologies being ‘embedded’ within it. These are concerns about how technologies sit on the ground, what patterns they establish, and how we may move between them. The technologies themselves may range from electricity to imaging technologies or wirelessness, for example. I am interested in how we collectively 'see' them, and negotiate the property boundaries, systems administrators, and thresholds of understanding inscribed within." (Artist's personal statement)