SUMUGAN SIVANESAN is an anti-disciplinary artist whose texts, videos, installations, performances, interventions and events serve as a platform for discussion and collaboration.

His current research threads are:

Shadow of the Future: a repository of thoughts, ideas and tools with reference to climate justice and Anthropocene theory.

Theoretically Tamil: concerns the politics of mobility and postnationalism being brokered among the Tamil diaspora in the aftermath of the civil war in Sri Lanka, 2009. This inquiry encompasses the ongoing collaborative research project Alex & I (2013–ongoing).

Plan Bienen: a collaborative artistic-research project with Tessa Zettelwhich takes a multispecies approach to investigate the resurgence of urban beekeeping in Berlin in the context of dwindling honeybee populations and European economic decline.

Sumugan has presented projects at: Oqbo: space for image word sound (Berlin 2016), Transmediale (Berlin 2016, 2006), Art Laboratory Berlin (2015), ZK/U: Centre for Art and Urbanistics (Berlin 2015, 2014), 55 Sydenham Rd (Sydney 2013), The Reading Room (Bangkok 2013), Performance Space (Sydney 2013), Tin Sheds Gallery (Sydney, 2012) Momentum Berlin (2012), Yautepec Gallery (Mexico City 2011), 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Sydney 2010, 2011) OK Video Festival (Jakarta, Indonesia 2009), Filmer la Musique (France 2009) GRANTPIRIE (Sydney, 2009), Gang Festival, (Sydney–Indonesia 2005-6, 2008), Underbelly (Sydney 2007, 2008), Transit Lounge (Berlin–Australia, 2006, 2008), Videobrasil (Brasil 2005),d>ART (Australia 2004, 2002), Electrofringe (Australia 2003), Abstraction Now (Vienna 2003), New Forms (Canada 2003), The International Symposium for Electronic Art (Japan 2002), Liquid Architecture (Australia 2002, 2005), Experimenta (Australia 2001) among others.

He was active with the experimental documentary collective theweathergroup_U and the activist media/art gang

Select Publications:
'Mass Action Media: Ende Gelände, Break Free 2016.' un Magazine, iss. 10.2, October 2016.

‘Alex & I: Against indifference.’ Cosmopolitan Civil Societies. vol 8, no. 1, 2016.

‘Institutional Reform: Art as Anti-Statecraft.’ Runway #30, Ecologies, 2016.

'Plan Bienen: Sharing (in) the more-than-human city.' (with Tessa Zettel) A Peer ReviewJournal About: Excessive Research, vol. 5, no. 1, DARC (Digital Aesthetics Research Centre), Aarhus University, School of Communication and Culture, February 2016.

‘Alex & I: In proximity to the Other of politics.’ Law Text Culture: Re-orienting Hospitality, Re-orienting Law. Vol. 17, 2013.

The Work of Art in the Age of Neoliberal Acculturation: Reflections on a correspondence with Karmelo Bermejo.’ un Magazine 6.2: Labour, December 2012.

Select Articles
Daniel Mudie Cunningham, 2011. ‘One death, One minute, Four takes.’ After Effects [catalogue essay] curated by Olivier Krischer, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

Aaron Seeto, 2011. ‘Transcultural Radical.’ Artlink, Vol 31 no. 1: Diaspora

Brendan Phelan. 2010. ‘ “Nice head – can I eat it?” The recent work of Sumugan Sivanesan.’ In: Summer Hipworth and Aaron Seeto (eds) Last Words [exhibition catalogue]. Sydney: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. pp. 94–99.