What To Expect After Expecting: Senses Final

We use our five senses everyday. Each playing a more important role than the other. What is most important is to not scatter these senses or go through each of them unconsciously.
Through this assignment we tried to incorporate all five senses into one “Touch and Feel” book. Our idea was to create a book targeting new parents after they have their child. It is a fun book filled with the entire experience. We created the book digitally with vibrant colors and somewhat quirky and fun illustrations to show what to do and what not to do. That fulfilled our sense of sight.
We had incorporated cerelac powder, baby soap, towels, diapers, wet wipes etc and separate sheets on how to try each step. This was aimed at helping the buyer to engage with the senses of smell, touch and taste. We also incorporated a CD along with the book filled with songs for each mood of the baby targeting the sense of sound. Through this we tried successfully incorporating the whole experience through our book.

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Sense of Sound: Music Video

Final:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQkrW8qXDcE&feature=youtu.be

The final music video showcases a repressed woman in the society. How violence is imposed on her causing her to be socially inactive and alone. Her experience of life is quite different as this world is a cruel place, which is not allowing her to live in peace. This makes her go on a search of an outside world where she lives one with herself.

Sehnsucht represents thoughts and feelings about all facts of life that are unfinished or imperfect, paired with a yearning for ideal alternative experiences. It has been referred to as “life’s longings”; or an individual’s search for happiness while coping with the reality of unattainable wishes.

Since week 1 our main idea behind all our sounds and videos was monotony and the idea of people walking, that’s why for our final video we wanted to show a journey and a sense of monotony. Our idea was to show a girl who is going through an emotional journey and is walking to something better.

Process:

Idea #1:

https://soundcloud.com/sharanya-kanwar/music-track

Our music piece made us feel really eerie and mysterious. Thus, for our music video we wanted to show the journey of a mysterious girl walking through the city. Since we have two beats in our music piece and have a duality to it, we are planning to show the fast footsteps as the rest of the world that surrounds this girl and the girl as the slow beats (walking in her own world). In an abstract way it’s like the whole world is dominating her and she’s walking alone in her own slow pace.

Feedback:

Need to build the character sketch of the mysterious girl and what makes her mysterious?

Need to define what is the world in which she is getting dominated? OR She could be in conflict with herself.

The piece of music has duality, need to look over it and think about it.

Think about how the video ends; is there a climax, start and an end? OR is it open ended.

Idea #2:

In the music video we tried to portray a girl going through domestic violence and how at the verge of ending her life she realises the joy of living. She realises that only person who controls her life is her and this realisation makes her a confident and self reliant person.We show her as not being afraid of the crowd and in the end taking control.

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Sense of Sound: Music track+music video write-up.

https://soundcloud.com/sharanya-kanwar/music-track

Idea #1:

Our music piece made us feel really eerie and mysterious. Thus, for our music video we wanted to show the journey of a mysterious girl walking through the city. Since we have two beats in our music piece and have a duality to it, we are planning to show the fast footsteps as the rest of the world that surrounds this girl and the girl as the slow beats (walking in her own world). In an abstract way it’s like the whole world is dominating her and she’s walking alone in her own slow pace.

Feedback:

Need to build the character sketch of the mysterious girl and what makes her mysterious?

Need to define what is the world in which she is getting dominated? OR She could be in conflict with herself.

The piece of music has duality, need to look over it and think about it.

Think about how the video ends; is there a climax, start and an end? OR is it open ended.

Idea #2:

In the music video we tried to portray a girl going through domestic violence and how at the verge of ending her life she realises the joy of living. She realises that only person who controls her life is her and this realisation makes her a confident and self reliant person.We show her as not being afraid of the crowd and in the end taking control.

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Sense of Sight: Visual Pun

Sekcthes and Ideas

Idea 1. Muffin-Top

Our idea is to create a top that is made out of muffins OR create a crop top with a muffin-top print.A muffin top is overhanging fat that spills over the waistline of pants or skirts. Thus, if we create a crop top we can actually see the muffin top of the person wearing the top, also the top will be made out of muffin-tops! “Hey, I’m wearing a muffin top!”

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Sense of sound: Journey of Monotony.

CD cover sketch:

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Write ups:

Sahiti

2 friends were walking in this world. Unaware that their presence was fatal there.Wheel of fortune was going to turn and their fate was going to be decided.Unaware they kept on moving forward without turning back.The place is crowded . Line of the coffee shop is extended on the road.Newspaper stand in full but their footsteps can be recognised.They are evident and loud .Their free footsteps are being look down upon but they don’t care . Who knew that they would be one of them sooner or later . Who knew their freedom was going to be taken away by themselves.Who knew their carefree nature was going to get converted by this word called “society “. They kept on chattering , in their make believe world . Buses try to hinder their walk , all kind of technology try to stop them but those unaware , naive creature just move on.That day is history now because now they are one of them . Only the street remembers it and those two now standing in the coffee shop waiting for their coffee.

Aayushi

The track is an audio representation of a journey. The footsteps in spite of not going on continuously create a loop for the track to give you a feeling of a very monotonous lifestyle. The audio gives you a sense of journey that shows a transition from the outside to inside. It starts with sounds of a car, the train and other sounds giving you a sense of the outdoor, which then almost creates like a vacuum when it goes inside. The people talking somewhere in the background adds on to your experience of the journey. The audio ends with a sound of a coffee machine, which almost gives you a feeling of the day starting but also an end to a journey.

Sharanya

The soundtrack sounds like a journey from a noisy place into a more mechanical sounding place. In the starting of the track we can hear buses, cars, the train and people talking in the background and suddenly those sounds stop and you can hear the beeping and the sound of something metallic. Then there is a annoying noisy beeping sound after which is the chatty lift ride. Then it’s the sound of someone entering the work place and walking to the coffee machine. The sound ends at the coffee machine because the journey is now over. One constant sound in the whole journey is the sound of walking/ footsteps, which suggests that the journey from the outside to the office was done walking. The soundtrack also indicates how monotonous and uninteresting the journey is.

 

 

[Aayushi, Sahiti, Vaibhavi, Sharanya]

Chola Bronzes:

Shiva as Lord of Dance (Nataraja)

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Nataraja (the Lord of Dance), is a representation of the Hindu God, Shiva. He is shown as the cosmic dancer who performs his divine dance to destroy the universe. The Nataraja originated in the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India.

It is said that if a single icon had to be selected to represent the extraordinarily rich and complex cultural heritage of India, the Shiva Nataraja is most suitable and the best choice. The nataraj is the most famous of all the bronze icons in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. It is known to be so excellent in its iconic form that it comes as close to being a abstract of the intelligence of the Indian people. The cobra uncoils from his lower right forearm, and the crescent moon and a skull are on his crest. He dances within an arch of flames. This dance is called the Dance of Bliss and the upper right hand holds a small drum shaped like an hourglass.

Dance form: Sattriya

Sattriya

The Sattriya dance form originated from Assam in the 15th century. It is a classical form of dance that is highly religious and the spiritual aspect is the main feature of the dance form. Sattriya is known as one of the eight most recognized religious dance forms in India.

In the 15th century, Srimanta Shankardev, a poet and religious leader united the various sects of Assam through his teachings and established a universal social brotherhood of Neo-Vaishnavism through congregational prayer which included the music, the dance and the drama based on the life of Lord Krishna. It was derived from the word Sattra which means priory. Originally, the Sattriya dance form was performed by male monks traditionally in monasteries with khols or the drums, the taals or the cymbals, the flute and the violin. The main aim of performing a Sattriya was to tell mythical stories in a creative way. Telling stories and mythical teachings trhough a dance form was easier and more pleasant and entertaining. These dances were written and directed by the Assamese Vaishnava saint and social reformer Sankaradeva, and by his principal disciple Madhavadeva. They were mainly constituted during the 16th century.

In the 20th century the Sattriya dance form moved to an urban stage. It is now performed in large groups consisting of male as well as females. Certain principles are not followed but it yet remains one of the eight most important classical dances in India.