By Sharanya Gopinathan
Fourteen students of Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore have come together to create a cool new project, called Srishti TV.
According to their YouTube channel, it is, among other things, an attempt to shed light on the practice of art and design: basically answering the question, what do artists and designers actually do? Devika Sandill, one of the fourteen members of the project, says that they’re attempting to take what’s been a relatively niche subject area out to all kinds of people, from say, 16-year-olds to parents, and provide well-made content that’s interesting to everybody.
And so it is. The project kicked off in earnest on Wednesday, the 19th of April. Each Wednesday sees about 40 minutes of new content, divided into different segments, like ‘Design Dictionary’, that decodes design jargon, ‘Excerpts from Experts’, which has interviews with leaders in the design field, ‘Design Local’, which explores traditional art practices from Karnataka (and is also my personal favourite so far) and ‘My Best Friend Art’, which is a fictional miniseries. There are other segments too, like one which show you what went into making Srishti TV and a segment with spontaneous music pieces, which sounds quite jolly.
While the project will be carried forward by Srishti, it’s entirely student-run. It begins as a senior project, and will be inherited, so to speak, by a fresh batch of students each year. Devika says that that’s part of the point: having a new batch each year will keep the project new and fresh.
Here’s one segment that decodes what ‘orphans and widows’ mean to designers.
You can check out the rest of the project here.