Samir's background is in interior and exhibition design. In recent years, his practice as a designer and an artist has sought to engage with built form and architecture at an urban scale towards the creation of narratives that are culturally and politically responsive. He is inspired by the aspirational images Indian cities are generating of themselves shaped by ancient legends and contemporary politics.
Art in Transit, which is a live project with the Bengaluru Metro offered Samir a unique opportunity to engage with a public space at an institutional scale. Working with 3 other facilitators and 37 students this project aims to develop at Peenya Station an immersive art and design experience that engages with the community as well as commuters; to create cultural links that allow for new shared experiences for the citizens.
As the line, the area and the city continue to grow and change the project hopes to create a space that becomes a destination as well as an inspiration for the use of art and design to develop a sense of community ownership for a shared history and a future vision of the city. The project aims to create a variety of experiences that will offer something for someone with just a moment to spare as well as those who return for the experience.
Urvashi Sen Gupta
Urvashi has 15 years of industry experience in the field of Visual Communication working with agencies/design houses such as Aquent, Id8 Labs, Concept Digital, and even with renowned environmental artist Betty Beaumont at her NYC studio for a short time. She has a Bachelors degree in Applied Art from Sir JJ Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai, as well as an Associate degree (Computer Animation) from The Art Institute, Philadelphia. Urvashi has mentored and trained several budding designers on the job over the years during the course of her professional work.
Areas of Interest: Graphic Design, Visual Communication, Digital Interactive Media Design, Animation.
Rucha is a designer and visual artist. She has been part of the design industry for over ten years and runs her own design house in Mumbai. Rucha is compassionate, perceptive, thorough and dedicated as a person as well as an educator. She has done her Masters in Visualisation and is a cheerful and sporty persona with an in-depth sense of design. She believes in being a learner and tries to make her students look at the world and design in an innovative way.
Areas of Interest: Photography, Design Thinking, Visual Communication, Identity, Advertising, Branding.
Priya K. Iyer
Priya is an architect and furniture designer interested in capturing everyday spatial and formal experiences through photographs. Her qualification includes a B.Arch from the Madras University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Design from NID. She has worked with Elephant Design and Dovetail Furniture Pvt. Ltd. She has been involved in user research projects and training for craftsmen. In the past, she was a visiting faculty member at DJ Academy, Coimbatore and NIFT Chennai.
Areas of Interest: Photography, Form & Material, Exploration of urban spaces.
Jayram Mani, a graduate in English literature, was thrown into the deep end of the advertising business over three decades ago. He emerged as a strong swimmer in the creative arena with a portfolio that includes multi-media campaigns for leading brands like, Tata Tea, Tata Salt, Frooti, Videocon, Kenstar, Idea Cellular, Kirloskar Group , Mahindra Tractors, among others. Besides partnering some of the best graphic art professionals in the country, he has also trained many young copywriters who are leading lights in the industry today. Jayram is also a teacher with over 6 years of experience in teaching Brand Management at the undergraduate level. He strongly believes in the Y.B. Yeats dictum- Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
Areas of Interest: Dynamics of visual and text interface, Start up ideas and organizations, how new media is shaping society, trend spotting.