Smarter Digital Realities is a project conceived and conceptualised by Sandbox Collective in collaboration with Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore.

We're working on an exchange of artistic responses between Bangalore based artists. Think snail mail, handwritten notes, experiences, individual and collective reflections.

We're creating a repository of reflections on gender and sexuality. A gender chronicle of sorts.

So, welcome aboard, take a deep breath, and rest your thoughts here.

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Our area of special focus is gender, gender equality and sexuality. We curate, produce and tour performances and festivals as well as facilitate collaborations between artists, audiences and cultural spaces, both nationally and internationally, with the aim of creating meaningful dialogue and culturally vibrant communities. We work with Individuals and organisations from across the world on artistic and research oriented projects that are grounded in India. We also offer assistance and mentorship facilities to artists from across the world looking for collaborators in India.

Since its inception in 2013, Sandbox Collective has served as a free-flowing hub for artists, writers, musicians, curators, administrators, designers and students.



Four invited artistes present dramatized readings of plays by contemporary German playwrights, in English and other languages.

A Garden of reflection is a space to gather, to come together to read, listen and share.

A workshop understanding the relationship between information and virality on WhatsApp.

We are very excited to share this news with all of you! Shiva Pathak and Nimi Ravindran, our co-founders have been awarded the Goethe Medal 2022 for their work at Sandbox Collective.  

We take this opportunity to congratulate the other winners, Tali Nates from South Africa and Mohamed Abla from Egypt and to thank all our friends, supporters and well wishers, especially our partners Goethe Institut Bangalore for their trust and support in our work. A big round of thanks to all of you for being on this journey with us, we look forward to your continued presence in our lives and work.

The Goethe Medal is an official decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany and will be conferred at a ceremony in Weimar on 28 August 2022, the birthday of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

The Goethe Medal honours public figures from all over the world – for some time now three cultural notables from different regions each year. The Goethe Medal is the most important award of the Federal Republic of Germany’s foreign cultural policy.

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