Yashas Shetty is an artist and composer based in Bangalore, India. His work is at the intersection
of pedagogy and art/science, including installation, sound, software and biotechnology,
creating spaces of discourse and dialogue between artists, scientists and the larger public.
He was Artist in Residence at the Experimental Media Arts (EMA) Program of the Srishti
School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore (2006/2007) and the National Center
for Biological Sciences, Bangalore (2007). He was also a founding faculty of the Center
for Experimental Media Arts at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology and
founding member of Hackteria Collective which has run workshops in India, USA, Taiwan.
He currently runs (Art)scienceBLR the public laboratory at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design
and Technology , and is the founding member of the Indian Sonic Research Organisation ,
a collective of instrument builders and artists dedicated to the proliferation of experimental
music and sound art.
His works have been exhibited in India and abroad including at the Apeejay Media Arts Gallery,
New Delhi / India (2006), Taipei Biennial (2012), Ars Electronica, Linz (2012), Fundacian
Botin, Spain (2013), Science Gallery, Dublin (2014), and Haus Der Kulturen der Welt (2017).
Shetty received a scholarship from the Charles Wallace India Trust (in collaboration with
the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation and Gasworks, 2012) as well as recognitions in the Hybrid
Arts category at the Ars Electronica Festival, Linz / Austria (2011 and 2012). His works
with synthetic biology along with the scientist Mukund Thattai were awarded prizes at the
International Genetic Engineered Machines competition at MIT (in 2009 and 2011) and the
BIOMOD competition at Harvard University (2011). Most recently, Yashas was an artist in
residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude (2016) and was awarded the Die Junge Akademie
prize (2017) in collaboration with The Institute for Music and Acoustics at the Zentrum für
Kunst und Medien (ZKM).
He lives and works in Bangalore, India.