Thursday, June 23, 2011

Be Consonant with

© Untitled: One of the Collaborative pieces I worked on.
I have always been intrigued by the human behavior of forming communities, grouping together on commonalities, participating and cooperating, trusting and partnering, collaborating to create something beautiful.

I was first introduced to the concept at the age of 5 as part of a theatre production. While I had a very very tiny role to play I enjoyed watching everyone pitch in and bring all the pieces together. The result was cheers from an auditorium full of audience. 

Through my life I have experienced this aspect of our behavior time and again, but mostly in an organizational level. And I have always wondered, is it possible to experience the same harmony when we are working on something smaller, a single book, a single blank canvas? 

Do you think its possible to express one self creatively, with no rules, no restriction, just plain going with the flow while collaborating?
Or is Discipline a requirement for the process to be successful?

My Team  and our creation from the Tunisian collaborative Painting workshop
Just 4 simple rules and the expanse of a blank canvas.
I am still trying to figure this one out and my questions are taking me to a lot of places. 
A little bit of time travel to understand the earliest record of cave paintings, to a short road trip to Philadelphia where the city has nurtured collaborative work in the form of the beautiful Murals all over the city. More about my trip in my next post.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Too busy living and savoring life

Sunset in Hyderabad
Hi again!
I know, I have been off the grid for half the year and I apologize for the disappearing act.
But sometimes you are so busy enjoying life, savoring every moment that you just don't want to get distracted. Has it ever happened to you?
 I was scared that if I look away I might miss out on something.
Have you ever felt that way?

My niece and me, sharing an iPod
The biggest highlight of these few months have been my visit to India and meeting my niece for the first time. She is a typical 3 year old with mischief and a new trick up her sleeves every minute of every day. Suffice to say, she kept me busy!

Auto-Rickshaw: A must ride in India, and its so much fun!!
Most part of my India trip was about living the place. Experience every thing about the city that I miss the most. Auto-Rickshaw rides, eating street food, going on long drives, catching up with friends and family, a little bit of gossiping, absorbing the spiritual and emotional experience that India has to offer and a lot of shopping. 

A Street Vendor making fresh 'Chaat'
I now feel rejuvenated, re-charged, inspired and pampered. Yes, getting pampered was on top of my to-do list. So come back here soon, because I have loads to share. New series of work, travel logs from my visit to some rural Indian art villages, collaboration art and more.

Family Shot: The Women of my family
See you soon!

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