Are we alone?
Kalyani Tupkary, Rucha Joshi, Jazeela Basheer
Curated by Akshay Roongta
Venue: LUIS GOMES GARDEN
Timings: 10:30 – 18:30
‘Are We Alone’ started out as a classroom project in NID, with the aim of simplifying seemingly complex information into a form everyone can understand easily, by eliminating scientific jargon and replacing it with human centric output. The goal of the project was to explain in plain language, the ‘Fermi Paradox’, a theory by the physicist Enrico Fermi that questions the existence of intelligent life in outer space. The installation is three different experiences, starting with an audio visual experience, to a tactile interactive exhibit and ending in an user input based installation.
In Exhibit One, the visitor will be lead to a pitch dark room, guided only by a subtle audio track. As they walk through
the corridor, one by the one, the room starts to light up, resembling outer space. The audio guide explains what Drake’s Equation and Fermi Paradox means.
Exhibit Two, located in a second room, is a stark contrast to the first exhibit. It is completely white and filled with objects of various shapes and size, also white in colour. The visitor can interact with the object in any way possible. Each object questions the reasons behind out absence of contact with extra terrestrial bodies.
The experience ends in Exhibit Three, with the audience being asked the big question, ‘ are we alone?’. This interactive
exhibit is a three dimensional representation of a statistic.
Jazeela Basheer graduated from NID with a degree in Exhibition and Spatial Design. Her interests lie mostly in art and theater and she has worked with various collectives in the same field. She is also a part time photographer and her photographs have been exhibited in the Delhi Press Club and featured in several magazines.
Rucha Joshi has a very different outlook towards Product Design. She is interested in human centric design, system-mapping and-analysis and speculative design. In the past she has worked with Propelland, a studio in San Francisco as well as various product
design studios within the country. She now works with Zensar Technologies, Pune.
Kalyani Tupkary holds a degree in Product Design and now works at Honeywell Ltd. Being a very hands on person, she enjoys working with traditional artisans and their crafts. In the past she has worked with Echostream, a Sikkim based multidisciplinary studio. Kalyani’s work which has a unique, analog approach, and has been featured at various forums.
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