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NAZARIYA : "Believing is Seeing" Film Festival.
This film festival is being organised to sensitize the Srishti student community to the political and social discourse emerging from documentary practice, as well as to the more exciting formal approaches possible in the non-fiction genre, ie. to rid the documentary of its stereotyped label of being a "boring, pedantic, didactic and dry" genre.
The 7-day Srishti Documentary Film Festival will take place from July 19 till 25. The first 4 days would be an in-house festival consisting of a curated package of excellent documentaries – national and international, contemporary and classic, political/activist films as well as those dealing with lyrical/whimsical/artistic themes, and those that do both! We hope to showcase diverse formal approaches to the documentary – the conventional documentaries, the personal auto/biobiographies , experimental, travel/road movies and many others.

SYNCHRONISATIONS was an international think tank probing the future of art and design academies and hosted by the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology from March 21-April 4 at Vishtar, an artists’ village on the outskirts of Bangalore.

“Synchronisations” is the first major event of Future Academy, an international research collective that includes art colleges in the United Kingdom and experimental studio labs and architectural foundations in Bangalore, Mumbai and Dakar, Senegal.

Ms Geetha Narayanan, Director, Srishti is the Project Director and Research Scholar for “Synchronisations” and Dr Clementine Deliss, a Paris-based artist, was the curator.

The think-tank consisted of sixty people from over 14 nations. Forty were students of art, design, film and new media, and architecture. They could interact with professional artists, architects, filmmakers, urban planners, social scientists and faculty from international art colleges.
The participants, having hypothesised on the future of art and design education, also broke into smaller groups and visited four sites - Coorg, Pondicherry, Hampi and Hospet. They returned to create presentations which were made before a select audience and the media at Opus, Bangalore, on the evening of April 4.
“Synchronisations” was the keyword used by students of Srishti to signify how their generation “thinks in beat” across continents. The project reflects the increasingly global constitution of the contemporary art and design college.
“Synchronisations” involves participants from Senegal, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Spain, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Holland, France, Germany, Austria, China, India and Japan. It is a microcosm of future global communities of artists, designers and cultural engineers who combine physical and virtual mobility with a growing awareness of sociopolitical, economic and civic responsibilities.
The think tank is investigating communal associations, forms of citizenship, global currencies, urban and rural territories and wide-ranging aesthetic practices. Emerging from the discussions and deliberations are a series of observations, proposals and recommendations to help identify the way forward in the arts and associated industries in the context of both local needs and international communications.
With “Synchronisations”, a platform has been created for an exceptional and culturally diverse group of young artists, designers, urban planners and filmmakers from across the world to come to Bangalore and engage in action-research. The objective is to produce a conceptual blueprint for the future of the arts and of institutions that engage with art and design education.
The think tank began with group presentations by the participants from Edinburgh, Chelsea, Senegal, Japan and India, respectively. These presentations addressed different aspects of the notion of a “future academy” like economics, mobility, modes of production, etc.

Following five days of presentations and intensive discussions, the participants split into four groups and dispersed in four directions on March 26 to do “case studies” of Hampi-Vidyanagar, Pondicherry, Hospet-Belur-Halebede and Coorg. The objective was to co-relate projected ideas and perspectives with sites and situations.
Returning from the sites on March 31, the participants have moved into sifting the visual and other accumulated data and production mode in preparation for the Open House on April 4 where their findings were presented using multimedia, performance and other modes of art and communication to a select audience.
“Synchronisations” is experimenting with on-going media documentation of the event and “case studies” with the objective of continuity through publications, films and a collective data bank. A comprehensive publication will be produced at the end of “Synchronisations” that not only reflects the debates that emerged within the event but also maps out the different think tanks in India, Africa and Europe.
The international artists and faculty involved with the project include Pierre Leguillon, an artist and curator from Paris, Torstein Nybo, a photographer and director of the Media 19 collective Oslo/London, Christos Papoulias, an architect from Athens, Greece and an expert on Hampi, Cedric Vincent, an artist and anthropologist from Paris, Noe Mendelle, head of the Film Department at the Edinburgh College of Art, Shelagh Klueit, head of the Fine Arts programme at the Chelsea College of Art and Design and Shekhar Krishnan, a social scientist from Mumbai..

There were five participants from Media Centre de Dakar and Ecole Nationale des Arts, Senegal. The other student participants came from Edinburgh College of Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, Kamala Raheja Vidhyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, Mumbai and Srishti.

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Graduation 2003
There were 23 students in the fourth graduating class exiting the portals of our institution.
They have graduated from five disciplines - Fine Arts, Communication Design, Textile Design, Furniture Design and Fashion Design.
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Khoj International Artists Association, New Delhi, an artist-led, autonomous and open-ended umbrella organization, registered as a society in 1997, organized a high profile international event - KHOJ 2003, in Bangalore with the active participation of the local artist community with support from Srishti school of Art, Design and Technology.

KHOJ in Bangalore for the first time…

Building on the success of KHOJ 2002 in Mysore (the first KHOJ event in the south), the artist community of Bangalore once again took on the initiative to organise KHOJ 2003. This seventh international KHOJ event in India was held for the first time in Bangalore. It brought twenty-four immensely talented mid career artists from across India and other countries to work together and produce innovative and creative works of art in various media. This two week workshop of artistic and cultural exchange among the international and the Indian artists, working together on a single platform to produce works of art and conducting outreach programs in local communities, culminated in an Open Day exhibition of the creative works of art, with special viewings for the sponsors and the general public of Bangalore.

The Visual Art scene and artists of the 1990s in Karnataka have begun to capture the attention of the leading art historians, critics and connoisseurs of art worldwide. With the successful culmination of KHOJ 2003 and the publicity that was gained from such a high profile event, the city of Bangalore received greater recognition not only for its prominence in the IT arena and its excellent educational facilities, but also by making its mark on the International Arts and Cultural Scene.

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Creativity + 2003

Creativity+2003 was a two-week event organized by Srishti, from December 9 to 19, with the objective of catalyzing interaction between the many stakeholders of art and design education, practice and industry.

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Aakar - Earn to Learn
The rationale behind this initiative was to provide students with the opportunity to work at the interstices of design education and design services, to understand the link between creativity and business sense. Students participated in a learning experience that extended beyond the regular classroom into real-life, real-time, client-driven design projects that demanded quality work. Aakaar seeks to provide a doorway to future professional practice and that its earnings meet part or whole of the cost of various student needs in areas like generating prototypes, undertaking grassroots field projects involving travel and stay, participation in national and international competitions or conferences and international study tours. The participating students utilized the initiative to do a global study tour covering art and design institutions in the UK, Scotland, Ireland and Italy.

The wider vision of Akar is linked to the need for finding institutional mechanisms and structures that will enable all students access to materials, conferences and rapid prototyping in a way that also encourages them to earn the right to the access. It also provides a means of supporting students who need financial help by providing a way in which they can earn tuition waivers.

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dyd 02
The 2nd International Conference on Open Collaborative Design for Sustainable Innovation was hosted by Srishti in Bangalore at the Infosys campus from December 1 to 2, 2002. “dyd02”examined issues of innovation and collaboration in the context of control and culture to arrive at directions that are coherent and meaningful for development – urban and rural. This conference seeks to establish critical dialogue towards open collaboration in sustainable technology, design and development. We invite diverse perspectives from academia, industry, nonprofit organizations, and independent innovators. The conference showcased innovative ideas and successful projects in design, change and technology and through a critical examination of these concepts engaged in dialogues that will result in the further development of these ideas. The conference was sponsored by Media Lab Asia, Infosys Technologies, MIT/AGS, MIT Media Lab, Indian Institute of Sciences, etc.

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Sunoh
Sunoh was the workshop organized in May 2002 as an integral part of the Communication for Change course offered by the SCOM Lab. Supported by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K) and Media Lab Asia, Sunoh offered a multidisciplinary platform for designers, media professionals, NGOs, technologists and educators to come together. Psychodynamic, scenario-building exercises were part of a process enabling participants to recognize context, taboos and the problem-web. Engagement with an issue within a design charette and its three mechanisms – idea generation and knowledge transfer among affected parties, decision-making requiring dialogue about emergent ideas and problem solving resulting in recommendations and proposals as process outcomes - offered possibilities of coming up with alternative models of communication to tackle HIV/AIDS. The process also resulted in the creation of a short film titled “The First Mile”.

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Aagaman
At Srishti, we believe that art and design provides a lens, which makes it possible to go beyond looking to seeing, and beyond hearing to listening. It also provides a framework for looking differently at issues that have been part of our society for a long time.

Aagaman targets groups of practitioners in the areas of craft design, heritage, technology and craft training. The workshop is centered on the issue of design and sustainable approaches to craft, and the challenge is to use new technologies to tackle this issue. Aagaman was held at the Ecumenical Christian Centre, Bangalore between May 9-13, 2002.

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