New Mumbai

During the Indian Civil War, the Dharavi slums of Mumbai were flooded with refugees looking to escape the conflict. The Mumbai authorities, distracted by defence of the city and facing an already over-populated and poverty stricken slum could do little to maintain a semblance of civilised life in the area. Sometime later a cache of biological samples appeared through the criminal networks of Mumbai, in the vain hope that it might provide new marketable narcotic opportunities. The collective drive and expertise of the refugees managed to turn theses genetically-engineered fungal samples into a new type of infrastructure providing heat, light and building material for the refugees. Dharavi rapidly evolved its own micro-economy based around the mushrooms. This documentary tells the story of some of the characters involved from Mumbai and the rest of the world and how Dharavi came to be such a unique place.

First prize in Documentary category for the Bio-Fiction awards 2014.


Interview on DNA India
Featured on Kottke
Featured on Designboom
Featured on Inhabitat
Featured on Archinect
Featured on Atlantic Cities
Featured on Mumbai Boss
Featured on Ikono
Interview on DZine Trip
Featured on Mutant Space
Featured on Trendhunter
Featured on Open Culture
Selected as a Top Reader Submission of 2012 at Designboom


November 2015, Milan Design Film Festival, Milan
October 2015, Bio-Fiction, Vienna
May 2014, Oslo Night, House of Electronic Arts, Basel, Switzerland
April 2014, Synthetic Aesthetics Lates, V&A, London
April 2013, Tin Shed, New Cross, London
July 2012, RCA degree show, London
This Did Not Take Place - Impakt, Utrecht
Working Up A Sweat - Dirty Furniture 2
Monopoly of Legitimate Use - Život umjetnosti
Into Your Hands... - Blueprints for The Unknown
Critical Cities
Smart City Dreamin' - Transmediale, Berlin
Haunted Machines - FutureEverything, Manchester
Technological Territories - Noon SS14
Haunted Machines, Web Directions South 2014
Continuous Monuments... - Amateur Cities
HIAP Residency - Helsinki, Finland
The School of Tomorrow - Venice, Italy
The Ongoing Collapse
Designed Conflict Territories - IMAL, Brussels
Conversation with Anab Jain - Lighthouse, Brighton
The Monopoly of Legitimate Use
Z33 Debates, Designing Futures - Milan, Italy
Digital Sketches
Designed Conflict Territories - Open Democracy
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