SVAD Faculty Exhibited Work at School of Tomorrow Education Festival
Faculty members of School of Visual Arts & Design, Dr. Razia I. Sadik, Basir Mahmood and Ali Muratza exhibited their work at School of Tomorrow International Education Festival on 28th and 29th of November, 2015. The conference organized under the umbrella of Beaconhouse School System was held at Beach Luxury Hotel, Karachi. Details of their projects are mentioned below:
Collection and Distribution by Basir Mehmood (Artist Laboratory Project)
A group of artists working in a white space: identified as Artist Laboratory. During the night, artists are performing as actors, the next morning the space will be opened for viewers, to come and find traces of all the experiments that have taken place the night before. Of the student artists, one is a painter, dreamer of spaces; a second is a sculptor, constructor of shapes; a third is a performer, tracer of a situation; a fourth is a photographer, freezer of action; and a fifth is a videographer, replicator of movement. They are busy working on ideas they believe will be realized in future. The process of their image-making is boundless, without contours; and lines form shapes and colors assemble images, on paper.
Soon, the entire process will be on display; and the time spent experimenting, researching, exploring, imagining and visualizing will be shared with the unfamiliar, who will be moved by curiosity and inspired by the urge for discovery. All the thoughts of the artists will have been recorded on paper, generating an opportunity for a viewer to observe an artist in the process of working on ideas which might or might not realized. The process that had started with white papers in a white space, fills the same with lines, colors, thoughts and dreams. In documenting such happening, the larger process of turning a blank space into an active space over time will be documented. Participating artists were Batool Zehra, Hira Tahir Mirza, Samiha Khan, Sara Aslam and Yasser Vayani.
Perceptive Objects by Ali Murtaza (Sound Paintings 1.1)
Perceptive Objects seamlessly weave information into our environments to facilitate ambient communication through creative, multi-sensory interactions. They are technological objects designed for the capabilities and limits of human perception, rather than those of technology.
Sound Paintings 1.1 is an example of just such an object. Comprising of a paint palette, brush and canvas, it allows users to paint with sounds. The colors in the palette (red, green, blue and yellow) are all mapped on to piano notes corresponding to their frequencies. When auser brings the brush near a color, the note corresponding to that color plays. Painting with the brush then creates sounds based on the user's brush strokes, making sound an equally important sense in the process of painting as sigh.
Drawing Through the Looking Glass by Razia I. Sadik
Drawing Through the Looking Glass was a collaborative art project based on a transparent drawing studio. The project made visible the artist at work in a glass room using drawing materials to capture both objects and people in their field of vision and associated references on the glass walls of the studio. The purpose of the project was to allow the audience to see an artist at work observing and recording his/her surroundings and to extend to them through this transparency of process an invitation to participate in the artist's activity from the outside. The overarching goal was to extend and share the joy and play associated with art making to the public across skill levels, age and social strata.
Over a period of two days, two artists worked in the glass studio responding to each other's drawings as well as those left by members of the public on the exterior of the studio. Once the glass was full of drawings these were erased and the process begun again. While the project had an immediate performative premise, it reinforced the idea of bringing face to face artist and audience as co-creators of experiences of self expression, meaning making and generating knowledge. The title of the project thus inverts and troubles the conventional association of the Looking Glass by framing it in terms of the powerful potential that human beings have for mirroring each other and the implications for collaborative and relational learning this carries. Participating artists were S M Raza & Farehah Aftab.