Rahal’s installations, film, performances and video games, are part of a constructed mythology that he creates by drawing upon sources ranging from local legends to science fiction. By bringing these into dialogue with each other, Rahal creates scenarios where indeterminate beings emerging from the cracks in our civilization .
Rahal’s participation in institutional and major solo & group exhibitions internationally have included the ACCA Melbourne 2019, Vancouver Biennale 2019, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, 2018, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham UK, 2o18; Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, 2017; PRIMARY Nottingham, UK 2017; the Liverpool Biennial, 2016; Setouchi Triennial, 2016; Jewish Museum, New York, 2015; Kochi Muziris Biennale, 2014; MACRO Museum, Rome, 2014. His work has been exhibited at Galleria Continua, Les Moulins, France, 2014 and Art Stage Singapore, 2014. His most recent solo exhibition took place in 2019 at Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai.
He is a recipient of the INLAKS emerging artist award 2012; the IFA Critical Arts Practice grant 2014; the Forbes India Art Award, 2014, for best debut show for his solo exhibition ‘Forerunner’ at Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai; the Cove Park/Henry Moore Fellowship, 2017, Akademie Schloss Solitude Fellowship 2018, and most recently the Sher-Gil Sundaram Arts Foundation Installation Art Grant, 2019. website: http://www.sahejrahal.com/
An AI Program Shrota
An AI program that speculates the nature of sentience from the vantage of Artificial Intelligence. Inside the simulation program, an AI-controlled blob wanders about a desert.
As it moves, it finds the remains of ruined untimely architecture littered about a digital landscape
Soon this coded mind learns how to navigate this space and pick up objects in the landscape.
Further, it starts to use these objects as limbs, creating new forms around itself. Each time the program is run, the AI blob begins this entire process anew.