Aśānti (Discomfort)

Aśānti (work in progress, multi-channel digital animation)

In Aśānti (Discomfort), a long-form, multi-channel digital media artwork combining both 2D and 3D animation, Burns employs generative and procedural processes using images and audio samples recorded in India to explore the disruptive effects of technology on traditional Indian cultural life and nature. In Aśānti, Burns examines the differing perspectives on India’s adoption of economic models that privilege technological innovation over preservation of nature and challenges participants to question the modernist metanarrative of progress.