Ansuman Biswas

ABAnsuman Biswas was born in Calcutta and trained in the UK. He has an international interdisciplinary practice encompassing music, film, live art, installation, writing and theatre.

Over the last few years his work has included directing Shakespeare in America, translating Tagore’s poetry from the Bengali, designing underwater sculptures in the Red Sea, living with wandering minstrels in India, being employed as an ornamental hermit in the English countryside, touring with Björk, spending two days blindfolded in an unknown place, travelling with shamans in the Gobi Desert, playing with Oasis, collaborating with neuroscientists in Arizona, living for a week with absolutely nothing but what spectators chose to give him, co-ordinating grassroots activists in Soweto, being sealed in a box for ten days with no food or light, making a musical in a maximum security prison, re-designing Maidstone High Street, being a soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, bathing strangers, running seminars on democracy for monks in a Burmese monastery, making a radio telescope sing and dance, being locked in a Gothic Tower alone for forty days and nights, and even flying on a real magic carpet in Star City, Moscow.

Ansuman has shown work at many museums and galleries around the world, including, in London, Tate Modern, Whitechapel, ICA, and Saatchi Galleries. He played a leading role in developing new models of interdisciplinary collaboration at Hewlett-Packard’s research lab in Bangalore and has had artists residencies in South Africa, Burma, China, at the Headlands in San Francisco, and at the UK’s National Institute of Medical Research.

Ansuman is an Associate Artist at BAC, a trustee of Arts Catalyst, the science-art agency, and chair of Studio Upstairs, working with the Arts and Mental Health. He is also director of the Tagore Centre UK.