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I have to say how blown away I was with your projects and so very proud…and in this moment of (rare show of) sentimentality how about we go for this, for old times sake….

DASTAN ALICE KI

A dastan based on Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s adventures in Wonderland’, and ‘Through the Looking Glass’. The story starts with Alice entering the fantasy land and discovering the world through the looking glass. After her size changes multiple times, Alice begins her journey on the chessboard to become a queen.

Performed by: Poonam Girdhani and Ankit Chadha
Adapted and Directed by: Mahmood Farooqui
Language: Hindi/Urdu
Duration: 60 minutes

Date: 10th May, 2015

Time: 11.30 AM
Venue: Kitab Khana, Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Phulara Fountain, Next to Dawar’s College Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001 India.

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Sense of Sound: The Grind (music video)

Iteration #1:
Initially, we were thinking of things and processes that our mundane in our life which would help that bring about the mechanical monotony of our soundtrack. According to us, our mash up seemed to resemble tons of machines being used and constantly working at the same time. So, machines used in factories inspired our first idea, our video would comment on mass production vs nature. It would show the journey of a shoe being manufactured in a factory, followed by being walked around in and then finally end with it disintegrating into nature.

Feedback:
The feedback we got on our first idea was that in our first look of the video, the making of the shoe was not coming across too strongly. We were also facing difficulties in execution (we were lacking footage due to locating factories, permissions and other things) so, we were asked to think of another concept that would be more practical in terms of execution and would also connect with our soundtrack.

Iteration #2:
So, we started to think of other mechanical processes and well what are humans if not machines? We thought of reflecting on our college lives with a comic twist – “The life of a design student” (sigh). We thought that our life mimics the monotony of the soundtrack and so we chose this concept for our music video.

When we sit down to work, we are easily distracted and after hours of procrastination we either end up with work or … well sometimes things don’t really turn out the way we plan them – well that’s our life!

Storyboard:

The Grind - Storyboard

Final:

Sense of Sound: The Grind (final soundtrack)

The sounds used in this soundtrack are from various mundane objects that are a part of our everyday routine that we over look. In the beginning, there are random sounds played in isolation and then the sounds slowly build up and create a rhythm, as all the sounds play in a symphony. This mash-up aims to a sense of a lifeless, perfunctory, and a mechanical way of life.

Senses : Incorporation of all 5 senses

What is the most prominent memory of yours? Do you remember the first day of school? The first time you ate something spicy, the first time you saw snow? All of these amazing memories that we have somehow keep coming back to us by little things. If you get a particular smell it triggers a memory of it. Our senses are these important tools that help us hold onto these nostalgic moments in the way we do.

Living in Mumbai one of the most common memories that we all shared were of the rains, whether the good part of it or the bad. We have all had memories connected to it. We chose to showcase our most prominent memory of rain i.e, every time we see rain, its the one memory we all relate too. The two things that stood out for us in respective to the good and bad were Dancing of the peacocks and the using of vipers. What we realised is both the opening of the peacock feathers and the motion of vipers are very similar. We tried to incorporate both of them and realised it represented a hand fan, added bonus we suppose. In order to merge both of it, we used vipers to create the skeleton of the fan, and tie-dyed white fabric in shades of blue, green, yellow to represent the peacock . Since we dint want it to be very literal, we decided to tie-dye the fabric.We also sketched out our most prominent memories in between the structure. Those include, bike riding, drive to manali in the middle of the night, eating butta (corn) in lonavala, maggi and tea, and marine drive. We also incorporated the smell of sandalwood to remind us of the first rains and added Raag Malhar also known as the Rain Raga (it is said that by playing the Raag Malhar, one is inviting the rains) to the fan in order to recreate sound.

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Sense Of Sound; Concert

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without”

– Confucius

Every person has a particular kind of music they listen to or a particular artist they prefer over the other. I too have such preferences but my music taste can vary or rather varies from Kishore Kumar to Ed Sheeran to Jay-Z. I enjoy most kinds of music but my preference will always be towards acoustic or pop music. On certain days, i could only listen to a particular kind of music but on others and most, any song will get me in a cheery mood. One the most extreme examples is on my phone, straight after ‘Niggas In Paris’ by Jay-Z and Kanye West, a meoldy of Kishore Kumar, Mukesh and Mohammed Rafi sung by Atif Aslam plays. My friends get really confused as to such a wide contrast but personally I really enjoy most types of music. Somehow Trance was never a genre that i coud get myself into; it actually gives me a massive headache and this becomes difficult as my brother mainly only listens to trance.

Recently I’ve been to two concerts, which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. The experiences for both of them were so different but pleasant nonetheless. The first concert was ‘Arijit Singh’, although we missed most of it, the time we did spend there was fully utilized. The concert actually started at 5 but we ended up going only at 8.30. I had gone with a group of my really close friends but handling them was quite a task as they were mainly high. At one point of time, one of my friends actually collapsed on the ground and it was quite funny. She was conscious but absolutely had no idea what was going on around her. I think my friends made the concert quite entertaining, as their antics were too much to handle yet nothing extreme. They completely made fools out of themselves as they really had no idea as to what they were doing and how they were dancing, luckily no one there cared enough to react to them and we barely could get a hold on them. During one of his songs, one of my friends started to laugh uncontrollably and that was quite fun to watch as she was properly making a fool out of herself, trying to ‘photobomb’ random strangers pictures. It was a show within a show. I personally think at that point, Arijit Singh could not bother us and we were in our own zone, dancing and singing horribly might I add.

The second concert and probably one of the best days of my life was seeing Ed Sheeran perform live. I’ve followed him since 2011 and seeing him perform was absolutely the best experience, it felt unreal. We actually went quite early for the concert as i couldn’t have any more patience and my excitement was thoroughly getting the best of me. We were probably in the 15 the row from the stage but eventually moved behind as my friends started to feel a bit claustrophobic. The atmosphere of the entire show was so great and energetic. It was a whole new experience altogether. There was not a dull moment during the entire show; from the moment he got on the stage and even after he exited, the excitement level did not go down one bit. Everybody knew the words to his songs but stayed moderately quiet just to hear him sing and it got all to real when he started singing one of my favorite song “Photograph”, his entire album is brilliant itself so I think from the very get go, my inner fangirl came out. He sounds exactly the same live as he did on his record, which left all of us stunned. The visuals on the screen itself had another story to tell and impressed us to great extents. He himself was looping his track while making up the song on the stage; with the leg pedals he’d put his guitar solo on loop and would add different tracks to the song. In totality, he sang for an hour and a half but it sincerely got over really quickly; it felt like a blink of an eye and I really couldn’t get over it.

Ever since he announced that he’d be coming to Mumbai (which is back in November) I had been looking forward to that day but now that its over, I cannot get myself to accept it. Since the concert, I’ve only been listening to him on repeat and cannot get myself to listen to anything else other than him. When i listen to any song that he played at the concert, I can exactly pin point what I doing or thinking during it; for example, he played ‘I See Fire’ and I exactly know where I was standing, how I was swaying and singing in probably in a horrendous tone. I even can tell what visuals were playing on the screen and when they turned from him to a snippet of ‘The Hobbit : Desolation of Smaug’. Everyone who was present at the concert, paid all their attention to seeing him and listening to him. It was something I’ve never seen, not only were they physically present but also mentally. He himself was so interactive with the crowd and it genuinely seemed as he was enjoying the concert, which made everybody a bit crazier than usual. He even wore a kurta and put up the Indian flag on his microphone, which I think was a nice touch as it made everybody a little giddier.

Post his concert, everybody I know went into depression including me as we could not believe that it is over. I seriously reckon his concert was by far one of the greatest time of my life.

“That’s one of the great things about music. You can sing a song to 85,000 people and they’ll sing it back for 85,000 different reasons”

– Dave Grohl

 

Sense Of Sight; Assignment 1/2

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Blocked Circuits

The image personifies a human who is suffering. Each of the suffering feels like an pin poking down right to its core. Each pin has added to the pain. However this also depicts that this human has not made a conscious attempt to fix himself or herself. There may have been a few feable attempts, which are seen in the picture as black holes. As the scars are not filled, it can be said that the damage is not fixed. The mask is broken at places. This can be seen as hurt or pain that was so deep it has broken the person down to pieces and now is irreversible as the broken pieces are not present in the picture. There are cracks seen in the mask too that look this person is slowly disintegrating, unable to bear with the pain. The pins have affected every sense of this person. The skin has gone numb, the eyes, nose and ears are pierced, the mouth is broken. The capacity to perceive, analyze and conclude has been taken away such has caused a further downward spiral. From the picture it looks nearly impossible for this person to get out of this tragic state and live a normal happy life. Every decision and judgement is clouded due to the lack of perception. Medical procedures may not be able to help this person as there are only a few holes that medicines can fill up. This care looks like one of complete blocked circuits.

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Artistic Monotony

This image looks like it could be a picture of a religious place. It could either be a picture of a consevative church or a mosque. The intricate detailing on the roof, the shape of the arches and colourful glass painting may also make one believe that this place belongs to somewhere in Morocco, Turkey or even the Middle East. Solid colours have been used for the glass painting. The reflection of the glass painting on the floor resembles an oil spoil on the road during the monsoon. There is a stark contrast between the gray roof and the grey flooring and the brightly coloured windows. This contrast provides a nice balance to the image. There is monotony in the structure as the ceiling as well as the windows are all in the shape of pointed arches. The pillars have been kept quite simple with a limestone kind of texture. They could have had more detailing done on them. Similar monotony is seen in the design on the roof. The entire roof is coloured with rhombus shaped designs with detailing done in grey. The floor also reflects the same pattern of grey rhombuses. The wooden doors are a good change from the monotonous grey but the brown polish on the door does not math well with the rest of the colours present and stands out in an awkward way. The pillars in between the windows look stalky and the dark grey bottom adds to their unpleasant look even more.

Five Senses: Installation


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The memory we choose to recreate evoking all the senses is the everlasting memory of summer. When we first thought of creating this season, we thought of re-creating something intrinsic to the summers we have experienced in the past. We use nostalgia of our warm childhood summers filled with the vibrant and delicious essence of the mango.

Apart from the scorching heat, the arrival of hay-filled crates in our house, is the biggest memory we all seem to have about this season. In order to recreate the memory we first thought of creating an art installation with this iconic fruit. We would instil the different texture, taste and smell of the mangoes in a minimalistic fashion. However instead of being too obvious, we then changed our idea and decided to create the memory of summer without the fruit. With the use of crates, we plant certain memories in each one; each crate focussing on different sense, yet not isolating  smell and visuals in any.

Group Members: Jhanvi, Riya, Janemajay, Vaibhavi, Manah, Khyati.