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SEEMAWORLD

Seema Mattu / SEEMAWORLD Opened September 10th, 2021 View 3D Gallery
Poster image for SEEMAWORLD

Statement:

Seema Mattu is a fluid Valmiki artist, whose practice is framed as a theme park - known as SEEMAWORLD.

SEEMAWORLD is an immersive, multi-channel realm. It's comprised of the mimicry of multiple facilities and services - which act as portals to a specific aspect of SEEMAWORLD.

Through the welding of both 2D and 3D mixed-media, themes explored include: the system of caste, queer sorcery and gender taxonomy.

Within the imagined spaces of SEEMAWORLD, sit multiple mixed-media narratives - all framed against systems of caste, race, sex and gender.

Floating in pink and blue virtual space, is the 3D model of the uterus: Youterus. This symbol of rebirth is a vascular, interactive map through which the interlocking narratives of this world can be explored.

Follow the paths of Youterus, and chart your way through SEEMAWORLD. Click! And the stories within Youterus emerge: expansive, generative and multi-channel.

You'll also find archival, personal and academic materials which give insight into the development of SEEMAWORLD as a practice and Youterus as a hub.

AND FINALLY:

**RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL SOUTH ASIAN SUBJECT MATTER ARE HEAVILY REFERENCED INSIDE: PLEASE TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF BEFORE ENTERING**

3D Environment Description:

As per the diagram laid out for you when you first enter the room, SEEMAWORLD is segmented into several different and literal strands.

You begin your quest inside the model of a uterus, which then allows you to veer off into different directions via the paths laid out for you.

From your starting point, in front of you, you'll find:
Freak Lab (directly ahead of you)
Fan Labia building (front-left)
Gift Shop (front right)

From your starting point, either side of you, you'll find:
Sphere of Heir: (right-hand path)
Sphere of Nün + Chroma Green: (left-hand path)

From your starting point, turn around and you'll find:
Sphere of Furora: (directly ahead you)
Sphere of Sai + Peach: (front-left)
Sphere of Doe: (front-right)

Artworks in this space:

temple of nün

The Temple of Nün houses the essence of this character. Go further into her sphere for more.

The Service: Vol 1 Issue 10

Monthly newsletters which were made and distributed among locals at Bhagwan Valmik Ashram (Birmingham, UK) - dating back to 1982. This excerpt features: a written essay titled 'Caste and Contradictions in India' by Amarajit Singh.

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The Service: Vol 1 Issue 8

Monthly newsletters which were made and distributed among locals at Bhagwan Valmik Ashram (Birmingham, UK) - dating back to 1982. This excerpt features: a comic strip detailing the life of Dr B.R. Ambedkar.

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The Service: Vol 1 Issue 5

Monthly newsletters which were made and distributed among locals at Bhagwan Valmik Ashram (Birmingham, UK) - dating back to 1982. This excerpt features: an article linking archaeological findings to Ramayan epic, and observes the search for an ancient kingdom.

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The Service: Vol 1 Issue 1

Monthly newsletters which were made and distributed among locals at Bhagwan Valmik Ashram (Birmingham, UK) - dating back to 1982. This excerpt features: a written essay titled 'Our Path Finder: GURU VALMIK JI' and discusses the Valmiki community as a caste, religion and ethnicity.

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Must be Muzhabi (2021)

Must be Muzhabi (2021) is one fifth of a body of works - which each take the perspective and/or experience of a main character within the growing narrative of Youterus. Considering the real-life rigidities of caste, Must be Muzhabi (2021) explores the ways in which these limitations are challenged by intercasteness, conversion and the interlocking of nature and nurture. Youterus is both the interactive map through which this narrative can be charted, and the planet alluded to within the narrative itself.

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Do not dream... (2021)

Do not dream… (2021) is one fifth of a body of works - which each take the perspective and/or experience of a main character within the growing narrative of Youterus. Through chant and trance, Do not dream… (2021) teases the unfolding of future mysteries within Youterus. As fate and faith would have it, the work echoes the thoughts and feelings of this character as it goes along - setting a virtual stage for their current intentions and later behaviours, whether coalesced or not... Youterus is both the interactive map through which this narrative can be charted, and the planet alluded to within the narrative itself.

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Hijra = Higher (2021)

Hijra = Higher (2021) is one fifth of a body of works - which each take the perspective and/or experience of a main character within the growing narrative of Youterus. Through use of archival, personal and community footage, Hijra = Higher (2021) caresses the wonders of South Asia’s Hijra community - and offers allusions to a character whose identity reflects a similar sparkle and sorcery as the narrative unfolds. Youterus is both the interactive map through which this narrative can be charted, and the planet alluded to within the narrative itself.

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Pump Organ (2021)

Pump Organ (2021) is one fifth of a body of works - which each take the perspective and/or experience of a main character within the growing narrative of Youterus. Channelling the direct experience of this character, Pump Organ (2021) presents a journey of caste through music as: ritual, rite of passage and relief. Through the playing of instruments and alluding of tunes, this work gives insight into what it means to be ‘of service’. Youterus is both the interactive map through which this narrative can be charted, and the planet alluded to within the narrative itself.

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The Desperate and the Degraded (2021)

The Desperate and the Degraded (2021) is one fifth of a body of works - which each take the perspective and/or experience of a main character within the growing narrative of Youterus. Highlighting the very real situation of caste within South Asia, The Desperate and the Degraded (2021) examines the way in which caste groups are defined by occupation, and the severity of the occupations themselves. Youterus is both the interactive map through which this narrative can be charted, and the planet alluded to within the narrative itself.

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free mags

free mags

welcome to seemaworld

welcome to seemaworld

Effigy model

Effigy-burning in South Asia is an act of: protest. performance. liberation. screaming. anger. frustration. point-making. cremation. rebirth. pride. objection. time~pass. desperation. of cleansing. It's also deemed v much an environmental nuisance by some, an unnecessarily violet mode of protest by others, or simply a process that's slowly exhausting itself of impact and message through its own overuse. This 3D model, and the animation depicting the burn of it, considers these emotions as it stands tall in stature whilst attempting to digitally set fire to itself at the same time.

youterus

youterus

build-a-world

build-a-world

COME OGRE HERE

Seema Mattu & Zarina Muhammad

A PODCAST ABOUT SHREK & SUBTEXT. WE ARE: SEEMA MATTU & ZARINA MUHAMMAD, TWO BUDDING SHREKSPERTS WITH A PASSION FOR OGLING THE OGRE. JOIN US & COME OGRE HERE!

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COME OGRE HERE

freak lab

freak lab

Map of SEEMAWORLD

Use this map to navigate around SEEMAWORLD.

Map of SEEMAWORLD

fan labour

fan labour

gift shop

gift shop

The Untouchables band poster

Reclaiming the slur commonly used for low-caste persons, this band of misfits and music exist inside the narrative(s) of Youterus. As stories unfold, their position will be shown to tow the line between music as religion and music outside of it.

The Untouchables band poster

Experimental illustration

Experimental illustration

Experimental illustration

A character who exists inside the future narrative(s) of Youterus, through which the archetype of the 'queer villain' shall be explored and tampered with.

Experimental illustration

Effigy animation

Effigy-burning in South Asia is an act of: protest. performance. liberation. screaming. anger. frustration. point-making. cremation. rebirth. pride. objection. time~pass. desperation. of cleansing. It's also deemed v much an environmental nuisance by some, an unnecessarily violet mode of protest by others, or simply a process that's slowly exhausting itself of impact and message through its own overuse. This animation, and the 3D model of it standing on guard, considers these emotions as it stands tall in stature whilst attempting to digitally set fire to itself at the same time.

Experimental illustration

Experimental illustration

Experimental animation based on Nün

Experimental illustration

Experimental illustration

Against the Madness of Manu

Sharmilla Rege

An excerpt of Against the Madness of Manu which focusses specifically on the process of Endogamy as an underpinning structure of caste - and insight into how this might inform explorations inside SEEMAWORLD.

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Dalit: The Black Untouchables of India

V.T. Rajshekar

An excerpt of Dalit: The Black Untouchables of India [combines] "the essentials of Marxism and the philosophy of the late Dr B.R. Ambedkar into a new indigenous political philosophy to clarify the caste-class struggle in India." Particularly interesting, is the discourse around links between Africa and Asia: "The history of the African presence in anicent Asia is said to span thousands of year, yet it remains one of the least documented aspects of the global African experience." In line with this, a foreword is provided by Y.N. Kly and and introductory overview is given by Runoko Rashidi.

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Experimental illustration based on moving image work 'gay superhero' (2017)

Experimental illustration based on moving image work 'gay superhero' (2017)

NO BLASPHEMIES (2021) promo poster

NO BLASPHEMIES (2021) promo poster

temple of doe

The Temple of Doe houses the essence of this character. Go further into her sphere for more.

temple of sai

The Temple of Sai houses the essence of this character. Go further into her sphere for more.

temple of heir

The Temple of Heir houses the essence of this character. Go further into her sphere for more.

temple of furora

The Temple of Furora houses the essence of this character. Go further into her sphere for more.

Illustration of Furora

Illustration of Furora

Illustration of Nün

Illustration of Nün

Illustration of Heir

Illustration of Heir

Illustration of Doe

Illustration of Doe

Illustration of Sai

Illustration of Sai