Kaajal Modi is a multidisciplinary designer, artist and creative researcher with over five years experience working through accesible modes to engage communities around the UK into important conversations about culture, sustainability and climate. Their co-creation practice incorporates illustration, live art, sound, video and workshops to create lively and situated encounters between people, organisms and ecosystems.
Kaajal is currently completing a practice-based PhD at the Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC) at UWE, Bristol, co-supervised through the Science Communication Unit, and funded through an AHRC studentship with the 3D3 Doctoral Training Partnership. The focus of their PhD is on food fermentation and other preservation practices, explored in collaboration with migrant women from the Global Majority, both as practical modes to reduce food waste in the home, and as a conceptual metaphor through which to think about climate, culture and more-than-human collaboration.
Presently based at the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE) at Newcastle University, developing artistic modes of engagement through which to invite others into imagining how we live with emergent biotechnologies in the home. Current projects include Mud Matters, with filmmaker and eco-artist Dr Michele Allen; Crafting Cultures, with Fine Art & Architecture students; and Listen with Mother? with the bio-artist Dr Louise Mackenzie.
Always looking to collaborate with interesting humans and other organisms, so get in touch.