Charu Maithani is a researcher who organises her inquiries in form of writings and curated projects. Her research area is at the cusp of art, technology and media studies. She recently completed her PhD from UNSW, Sydney which analysed screens as a technocultural category to organise postmedia. As a sessional academic in UNSW (Sydney, Australia) and University of Newcastle (Newcastle, Australia), she teaches on topics covering media arts and theory, visual culture, data aesthetics, and design thinking.
Maithani completed her MA in Aural and Visual Culture from Goldsmiths College in 2010. She received a short-term research fellowship from Sarai, CSDS (Centre for Study of Developing Societies) in 2015 to study net art practices in India. She is a recipient of a research grant from IFA (India Foundation for the Arts) to study the visualisation and aural adaptations of Hindi science fiction, 2014 – 15.
Maithani initiated proprioception.in in 2016, a web platform for experimental moving image practices and browser based net art. Maithani co-curated Foveal Experiments (February – March 2015 in Delhi and Paris), a project attempting to understand the viewing modalities of experimental cinema, videos and artist films. In 2014, she was selected as one of the curators of the Students Biennale in Kochi Biennale.
As a Project Manager and Researcher, Maithani assisted Gayatri Sinha/ Critical Collective [2014 – 2015] in building criticalcollective.in, a website on Indian modern and contemporary art discourse. She was the Curator and Programmes Manager at Khoj, Delhi [2010 – 2013] where she undertook several residencies and exhibitions including Auditions – International Sound Residency ; Of Games, international residency and exhibition ; Khoj Dus Tak – a three day event of 27 projects ; KhojLive 2012 , an evening of thirteen performances and The Augmented Square Mile , an augmented reality projects based on the archives of Khoj community art projects.
Maithani’s recent publication include “Blan/ck Screens: Chroma screens performing race” in Media-N journal [forthcoming].
Contact via email at charumaithani[at]gmail[dot]com.