This was a 10 day workshop on community radio conducted
by Stalin K. of Drishti Media Collective, held at the Srishti campus
from June 21 to 30, 2004. The workshop introduced participants to the
community radio movement in India and created an involved and participative
understanding of the distinction between community and commercial radio.
Participants understood the ideological underpinnings and capabilities
of community radio to serve as a socio-cultural tool with close affinity
to pre-literate oral cultures.
It took the participants through a full hands-on tour of the entire
radio production process, from conception of an idea, research, recording,
editing, music and mastering.
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.
Mobile Telephony Workshop (December 2003)
This exhibition examines the relationship between people and
mobile phones, a subset of the relationship between humans and technology.
It is the culmination of our very first attempt to understand and appreciate
the field of mobile telephony in the Indian context.
The fact that mobile telephony has made this lightning fast leap from
being esoteric to ubiquitous, a status symbol to utilitarian, a luxury
to a necessity, makes it a phenomenon well worth investigating (and
Creativity+ 2003 Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology hosted
a half-day workshop on the “Future Uses of Mobile Telephony in
India.” This workshop and a thematic exhibition titled “People
and Mobile Phones” marked a preliminary foray Srishti has made
into the subject of mobile telephony. Why mobile telephony? “We
are preparing our students for a world of creative difference superimposed
on technology, and mobile telephony is just one of those projects,”
says Geetha Narayanan, director and founder of Srishti. The team of
students and faculty working on this project expresses it thus in their
exhibition handout. “After the wallet and the watch, here comes
the third artifact we don’t leave home without. We are intrigued
by the changing social dynamics brought about by this technology. The
fact that mobile telephony has made this lightning fast leap from being
esoteric to ubiquitous, a status-symbol to utilitarian, a luxury to
a necessity, makes it a phenomenon well worth investigating.”
Srishti invited a diverse audience for the workshop from many
organizations representing the various stakeholders in the mobile telephony
industry, including teams from service providers such as BPL Telecom
and Reliance Infocomm; software and applications developers; and entrepreneurs
in the development sector such as PicoPeta Simputer. Various divisions
of Nokia also participated, including the Insight & Foresight division
of Nokia Ventures Organization in Helsinki that was represented by Marko
Ahtisaari and Patrik Sallner. Also present were people from the three
domains that the workshop focused on for ideating future scenarios of
mobile phone use i.e. education, health and shopping. Srishti faculty
and students of the mobile telephony project also participated.
workshop was unique in that it urged participants to express their thoughts
and ideas in visual forms. The workshop ended with an enlightening presentation
made by Mr. Ahtisaari and Mr. Sallner that described the approaches
Nokia takes in conceptualizing and designing products and services for
emerging markets. Rich interactions such as this workshop with people
from industry and research institutions spawn ideas for future collaborative
projects within Srishti in areas such as interaction design, product
design, interface design, service and application design.
Shopping and Retail Workshop (December 2003)
Details to be published shortly
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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.KHOJ
in 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.
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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. 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.
about the dyd02 workshops will be published shortly
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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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was a workshop for stakeholders in the crafts sector held at the Ecumenical
Christian Centre, Banglaore, from May 9 to 13, 2002, as a component
of the Design Lab. It targeted groups of practitioners in the areas
of craft design, heritage, technology and craft training. The workshop
focused on issues of design and sustainable approaches to craft, and
the challenge of using new technologies to tackle the same. Aagaman
was supported by IIT-Kanpur and Media Lab Asia.
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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