Festival of Stories: What is Home?
Life is complete only when it feels like home. The thought of home provokes nostalgia and childhood memories. And here is your chance to explore and experience this idea. The Shrishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology held a public art project called Art in Transit. The Festival of Stories- December Edition was held at Cubbon Park Metro station on 21st-22nd December, 2016. From social media stories to shadow puppetry, verbatim theatre to large public murals and from zines to virtual reality, the theme for this month’s edition was the interpretation and perception of the word ‘Home’.With Cubbon Park as the epicentre, The Story of Space explored space and its connections to art, culture, science and philosophy to create learning experiences through the intervention of our city, Bengaluru and the escalating growth. There were also themes installed on a range of migratory cultures based on a collection of regional stories and data print which includes the blend of music, dance, theatre and multimedia.
Students of various disciplines, including visual and industrial of 2nd and 3rd year, of Shrishti worked together with artists from all around the city to reach out to the environment and share people’s stories of place and time. There was also a sculpture of four owls sitting on top of another made out of paper mache and a human figure made completely out of plastic. Poojitha is a 2nd year student of BSSD at Shrishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology. “ As part of our Interim project, I worked on the project ‘Transitions’ (below). We had external artists collaborate with students from Shrishti to put up this project,” says Poojitha. “We had a vast experience exploring this idea and I absolutely loved it,” she added. Exploring the depth of our original inhabitants, trees, another artwork embellished at the Metro station was called ‘Mare Mane’ , meaning tree house. A group of students surveyed tree stumps from various parts of the city. The traces framed were portrayed in the form of a sound wave that roughly translates to “home is elsewhere but we are here.”
Jad, a back-packer heading elsewhere was in the city for a visit. “I heard about the Festival of Stories from a friend. And I was completely astonished by what I would now call masterpieces,” says Jad. “I will not forget how this day made the best out of my travelling experience in Bangalore,” he added.