Parts per Billion

Parts per Billion is a part of Issue 8; a collection thesis essays of the Sandberg Design Department. You can read the essay here.


This essay inspired a two-part graduation piece titled In Coalescence of Excess. The video essay appropriates prompt input image generations and features a phantasmagoric rendition of familiar scapes. Additionally, it intersperses the immanent codification of aesthetics in these outputs, that blur the threshold of the real and synthetic. Aesthetics of density and the machinic choreography of the everyday are mirrored here, conceiving meaning through the congestion of noise, keywords and enormous datasets. Through seaming the seamless, the fabric collages indicate a constellation of worlds existing in proximity to each other. The subject found a vessel in generative AI, a tool built on historical colonial instrumentation, whose fringes seem ‘infinite’

Akash Sheshadri is a designer-researcher and visual artist working through the integration of a variety of digital mediums; to produce images—both static and dynamic—and is interested-in their manifestation as artefacts. Akash tries to situate an artistic practice of expression and critique, that is synthesised from the many urgencies of the socio-real and hyper-digital. 



Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire (New York: Penguin Press)

Augusto Boal, The Aesthetics of the Oppressed, trans. Adrian Jackson,(Oxon: Routledge)


Rethinking Density: Art, Culture and Urban Practices, ed. Anamarija Batista, Szilvia Kovács and Carina Lesky (London: Sternberg Press)


Nicolas Bourriaud, The Exform, trans. Erik Butler (New York: Verso Futures)


Walter Benjamin, Howard Eiland, and Kevin McLaughlin, The Arcades Project (Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press)


Photography by Clemens Stumpf and Sander van Wettum.
Issue 8 designed by Kaiyu Wang, Naomi Hubèrt and Sandy Richter.

A photograph of a two-channel video installation, with two thin small-sized screens placed vertically on a wall. The screen above shows an video of crowds of people, while the screen below depicts a text that reads "The self is lost, while the image presumes to be found". This text is in styled in all capitals, white serif font on a black background.
A still from the video essay.
An AI generated collage of many faces of people on fictitious political party banners and hoardings. The typography on them resembles South-Asian scripts. These banners are typical of the geography.
An array of many faces of fictitious politicians on their respective political banners with typography resembling South-Asian scripts.