: "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.
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,
Geetha Narayanan, Director, Srishti is the Project Director and Research
Scholar for “Synchronisations” and Dr Clementine Deliss,
a Paris-based artist, was the curator.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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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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.
Bangalore for the first time…
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.
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.
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.
- Earn to Learn
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.
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
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
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 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
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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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