'Ricochet' Studio production still, 2018
Nayan Kulkarni

the artist in Permittivity

Nayan is interested in the effects and affects of cinematic imagining on human experience and the urban environment. This interest is expressed in light, sound, video and performance based works in galleries and the public realm. Diverse projects extend the scope of his work to context and place specific based artworks in architecture and landscape. They deploy an extensive vocabulary grown from of an ongoing studio and installation based enquiry into perception and the image as a luminal phenomena. His practice has resulted in some of the most ambitious light works in the UK.

My practice explores ways of understanding the city, and our experiences within it, as dynamic luminal images. I am particularly engaged with the nocturnal city: its governances, affordances and representations. Underpinning this is an ongoing theoretical and technical research project that examines the force of the post cinematic mode of production upon urban imagination; its effects and affects. This research provides the materials for the speculative imaginal futures that play out in much of my new work.

My practice produces innovative light art installations in architecture, public realm and galleries. This has resulted in some of the most ambitious light works in the UK. Recent works include; Golden Hour (2018-2038, Hull), Maroon (2017, Leicester), Blade (2017, Hull UK City of Culture).


the artwork in Permittivity

Ricochet, a multi-channel video for two screens, wall based. (2100mm * 700mm)
This is an element from a work in progress remastered for a twin screen presentation.
Production: Multilayer, non-coalescing live production;
Video File: Gondolas, 2017 (HapQ);
Location: Greenwich Peninsula;
Shoot: 360 shutter, six stop range at sunset;
Sound: 16 channel non-coalescing live production. (excluded for this exhibition)

artist information



Trained in sculpture at Birmingham and The Slade Schools of Art (1993 & 1997) Nayan is currently a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art. His research is developing new ways to understand the complex formations of experience and meaning generated by artificial light in the city. The perceptual, intellectual, ethical and technological dimensions of light as medium and idea are fundamental elements in his research.