Artefacts of Resistance: Creating Archives of Transnational Protest Movements

For this commission by the King’s x Somerset House Studios R&D project, we propose the development and performative presentation of a digital media archive documenting contemporary protest movements that build on transnational solidarity networks. Archival materials will be drawn from the ongoing project Transnational Infrastructures of Resistance: From Empire to Occupation funded by the Antipode Right to the Discipline grant. The archive architecture and interface is seeking to accommodate rich, searchable metadata, suggesting new relationships within the material, and balancing user anonymity and visibility. The archive will be a means of securely documenting resistance movements and a repository of narratives. An audiovisual performance at a live launch will demonstrate the project’s capacity to communicate, inspire, and unite.

Mukul Patel, founder of – a combined think-tank, creative lab and production studio that is currently developing a Europe-wide project on sound and democracy. Recent work in collaboration includes the sound infrastructure for what will be the tallest building in the world (DCH Tower, Dubai by Santiago Calatrava) and a preliminary ethical audit for a smart wayfinding system in the city of Bristol. His current political concerns revolve around the possibility of autonomy in algorithmically managed spaces, and a humanist critique of the technological utopias centred on ‘singularity’ and ‘artificial general intelligence’.

Dr. Srilata Sircar is Lecturer in India and Global Affairs at the King’s India Institute. She received her PhD in Human Geography from Lund University, Sweden in 2017. Her research focuses on the politics of caste and gender in postcolonial South Asia across urban and agrarian settings. She is the convener of the Confronting Caste podcast and webinar series. Her work has been published in leading academic journals such as Geoforum and Gender, Place and Culture. She has contributed to publications like The Conversation, The Hindu, and Feminism in India.

Dr. Ufaque Paiker (Ashoka University, India)
Dr Raktim Ray (UCL)
Manu Luksch, artist and filmmaker