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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.

“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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Mobile Telephony Workshop (December 2003)

The Exhibition:
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 leveraging).

The Workshop
During 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.

The 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.

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Shopping and Retail Workshop (December 2003)

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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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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. 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.

Details 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 First Mile”.
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Aagaman 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.
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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