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Sabbatical

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Sometime in late 2006 I bought a Moleskine journal and a small selection of Tombow pens from a store on Tottenham Court Road in London. Nearly ten years later I rediscovered these supplies at the back of a drawer in my Bangalore studio and felt bad I had never used them – there and then I started working, and from the first few quick and spontaneous drawings this series took shape.

See the full series of 27 drawings here.

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The Itinerant Illustrator. Interim Semester, 2014–2015

On the 18th and 19th December 2014 the 5th International Illustration Research event took place in Bangalore, India. Hosted by Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, this symposium and the accompanying exhibition focused on the praxis of illustration in an expanded field, including histories of local/ regional illustrative practices and the traversing of diverse media platforms. The exhibition was the first of its kind in India and showcased a range of projects and practices by illustrators from several countries.

In this project, students worked as an interdisciplinary team that included space designers, product designers, visual communicators, design managers and text editors. Facilitated by Sandeep Ashwath, Alison Byrnes and me, the task was to conceptualise the space design and visual identity for the event as well as put together a cohesive, professional and engaging exhibition of contemporary illustration. The project began with an immersion into the various thematic strands of the symposium. Students then created proposals and work plans for developing the exhibition display style, space layout and improvements, murals, event identity, banners and signage, exhibition brochure, speaker programme, conference kit, pop-up shops, event promotion and documentation. Aside from these mandatory deliverables the students also developed personal projects that responded to the overarching themes of the symposium.

Students: Shuchi N Bellare, Antara Bhargava, Shruti Bhatnagar, Sukanya Bose, Vipasha Chauhan, Pragya Gupta, Thanik Jaganath, Arunima Jain, Priyanka Jain, Rupika Joshi, Harini Kannan, Juhi Kedia, Yash Sanjay Khataokar, Shelton Lobo, Shubhika Dilip Malara, Mohavi Mohandas, Shweta Shirish Mulekar, Madhav Nair, Soumya Mittal, Antra Kaushika Nair, Sachi Khemchand Patil, Deepa Rodrigues, Gnanaeshwar Srinivas Radhamani, Natasha Mamta Sharma, Tanya Singh, Nimisha Singhal, Kritika Trehan, Aditi Verma, Kristel Marina Viegas, Rae Miriam Zachariah

Now Showing

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Now Showing. Semester Two, 2013–2014

Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology

Rex cinema is an old landmark of Brigade Road, Bangalore. Built in the 1940’s, it is among a handful of single screen cinemas that still stand in the city as most have now given way to multiplex theater chains. Bangalore has changed dramatically in the last two decades and landmarks that were integral to the identity of the city have been lost.

The aim of the Now Showing project at Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology has been to document the living history and collective memory of Rex cinema – to capture its glory and celebrate the space that is now slated for redevelopment. Facilitated by Smriti Mehra and me, this site-specific art project created a platform for contemplating the present reality of Bangalore in its current state of flux.

This project allowed students to locate their storytelling interests within the space as well as develop their art practice and approach to medium and material. The project began with an immersion into the space and an introduction to its network of people. Locating ourselves at the cinema enabled us to facilitate conversations with cinemagoers, staff, stakeholders, artists and scholars about Rex as well as the city in transition.

Through an understanding of context and a consolidation of initial practice-led research, students were able to develop written proposals for a personal project. In following individual lines of inquiry, students unearthed testimonies and stories around this public space and incorporated their own personal reflections and critical points of view. With the intention of furthering these discussions in the public domain, students created a range of site-specific artworks for an onsite exhibition that involved, photography, sound, image, text, video and sculpture.

Students: Adwait Pawar, Aishwarya Cariappa, Akshay Vashisht, Daniel Babu, Nihaal Faizal, Sachi Rawal, Veda Thozur Kolleri.

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Treasured Islands

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Treasured Islands: Book Design Project. Semester One, 2013–2014

Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology

There are over 700 schools in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. However, in these schools there has been no island specific education in the curriculum and children have little awareness of their unique ecological environment. To address this, Dakshin Foundation and ANET have been working with the Department of Education ANI to develop content and make environmental education mandatory in schools.

In this collaborative project, 16 students from Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology redesigned ‘Treasured Islands’ – an out of date and out of print environmental textbook specifically for teachers in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (grade 6-8). The first edition of this book was published by Kalpavriksh and ANET in 1999 and has now been put forward by the Department of Education ANI as a recommended classroom resource.

Facilitated by Kumkum Nadig, Ramesh Kalkur and me, the task was to reconceptualise the design, illustration and navigation of the book as well as incorporate new information and activities. The project objectives included:

• Understand the challenges in designing a teaching resource in this context.
• Integrate images, text, information and activities in meaningful ways.
• Design for ease of use.
• Develop appropriate, informative, engaging and contemporary illustrations.
• Deliver a book that can be easily translated into multiple Indian languages.

This new edition of ‘Treasured Islands’ will be used for teacher training workshops and will provide the basis for a range of supplementary materials, which will be designed in phase 2 of the project.

Students: Ananya Singh, Aneri Jhaveri, Isha Sinh, Juhi Agarwal, Koyal Chengappa, Maanasa Ganesh, Meghna Jaswal, Pramod pai, Pranav Dharamsi, Prateek Vatash, Pratyancha Puri, Priya Jain,Sree Lakshmi Sola, Sreeja Basu, Vishaka Jindal, Vivan Kamath.

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