Imagine

This section is a compilation of thoughts that various artists, designers and technologists in the city have on their dream space. This information will be instrumental for the participants of our Call to Participate to understand the unique needs that Bangalore's practitioners have with a shared community space.

In Alphabetical Order

Aparna Rao | Product Designer | Applied Fiction
"If I were to imagine off the top of my head, then the space would be like a real home, especially since all my objects are interactive and have references in interpersonal relationships within a home."
Archana Prasad | Visual Artist | CitySignals
"I want interesting surfaces to project my visuals on. Blocks with which areas can be raised to create a stage when required, or seating when not, would be nice. I'd love for there to be modularity so that walls can be moved, removed and added as needed. It should be environmentally friendly. Oh! and perhaps an informal cafe-pantry space in there too and Wi-fi is a necessity!!"
Arfaaz | Musician | Tempo Tantrik
"A space that is condusive to live music in terms of the acoustics…so that ppl can hear clean sound. A fair amount of space. Some kind of small raised platform. Some kind of small, medium Public Adress system that artists can plug into. Something like an Alliance Francaise. A little bit of a coffee shop - though its not absolutely required. Some kind of outdoors space about 300-400 sq ft would be great. Perhaps the overall space can be used as a rehearsal area where folks can hang out and listen in - that would be super since there is nothing like that in the city."
Ashwin Mahesh | Social Technologist | MapUnity
"One of the things that are repeatedly noticed in urban projects is that local actions do better than city-wide actions. What my idea for a local urbanism for the immediate space is that it should be a democratic space. Invite the surrounding local community to see what they want to do with a structure like this. Gather opinions of neighbors. Be a creative democracy. Put up a board asking for suggestions, with some lead entries…and see what comes out. Eg. Community Investment Corp."
Freeman Murray | Pallet Rack Artist | blog
"I like organic spaces which naturally grow to fit the needs of the inhabitants." …………………………………
George Mathen | Designer-Musician | Lounge Piranha
"No branding at all, even the branding for the space should be very subtle. The place should be neutral so everyone can adapt to it. Overall it should be modular in that the space can change and rearrange itself to suit different needs. Someone who can suggest how to make the space adapt would be nice to have around. Eg. if its a music event, he/she can tell the users how to make the space work for that purpose. It would nice to have a hang-out space - perhaps a cafe. Movie hall type of set-up would be good."
Jayachandran Palazhy | Artistic Director | Attakalari
"Fundamentally it has to be versatile so that it can evolve. It is tough to predict all possible uses. The space should be social, enable work, support privacy and inclusiveness."
Madhu Natraj | Artistic Director | STEM Dance Kampani
"I think I would love to see a space which is made up of little areas which one can experiment with. Perhaps a little studio area, to enable people of different areas to work effectively and collaborate. It should be a space where global technology trends can be harnessed for local performances. An archival library would be great to have. Im thinking almost like an NGMA for performance. A place where we (performers) all can meet under one roof. There is space in London called the Place. It's a large space with a computer studio, a library, a cafe, a performance area. Jaaga should be a place where information and access to resources and each other across different communities in the creative professions. I would love to have a space to preview work to an informal group of folks from different communities come in and give feedback. I would love to share dance films if we could have a projector to screen them, while people can get a drink."
Mahesh Shantaram | Photographer | The Contrarian
"Make every lamp-post becomes a stand for photos. The road itself turns into a gallery. Don't build something so that people need to be directed into it - it should be open but weather-proof. The efforts of construction should be curtailed to within a week or so…It should be friendly and inviting to people in the neighborhood so that they can walk in, and sit down and spend time comfortably."
Meera Naidu | Textile Designer | Devi
"To me , a space that encourages interaction and sparks ideas and discussions between designers and the people they work with - artists and technologists amongst others - is a space that forces each one out of the comfort zone each is used to. Couldn't a designer know the impact of a design better when he or she approaches it alongside the people who will finally use it? Is there a better understanding of the commission of a design by a retailer if he or she actually goes through the process? Does an artist get a feel of how the process of creation itself changes when the impetus to create is product-driven as opposed to being, perhaps, driven by reactions ? Can a technologist better understand how he or she enables an idea to come alive?"
Dr. Neeharika Adabala | Computer Graphics Researcher | Microsoft Research India
My idea of an ideal place to create is separate from an ideal place to exhibit. While creating I like to work in a relatively quiet place with an ample view of the sky and trees! But for exhibiting I find that the space I like is contextual to what is created. For Sculptures and murals I like open spaces like parks where a chance encounter with another persons work of art gives you time to contemplate on it for some time! For conventional exhibitions I like them to be in niches/pockets focused on particular themes. As I prefer to think deeply on one topic before shifting to the next one, I prefer exhibits to be spaced out with open courtyards/areas so that one’s thoughts can dwell for sometime on a topic before shifting to another one. In my opinion empty spaces and moments of silence have to be well planned into an exhibition/performance to bring out the depth of the thoughts that go into creation.
Pervez Rajan | Designer-Photographer
"A space where designers and performers can exhibit their work to share and, perhaps sell, to the community. A rich, evolved experience a space where people from other communities should be invited so that the art-design-technology process can be de-mystified. The whole space should be divided but not barricaded. It should have a flow. Almost like a maze where people can wander through and discover smaller studios where artists/designers are displaying/working. These mazes can be created with cloth and bamboo. Create alcoves along the walls too. Create a labyrinth with blind corners so that ppl get isolation they require to work in while making it an interesting experience to go through…The corridors would be exposed to the outside, but the alcoves would be weather protected. Ample amounts of natural light. Amost like a bazaar. Each stall has someone working on a project…and the artist-designer-technologist will continue to work. Also there should be someone with a trolley selling chai-ciggies and all that. One alcove could be dedicated to music jams…"
Priyanka Blah | Musician | Tempo Tantrik
"A couple of things a space MUST keep in mind for it to be close to "ideal" for any musician/performer are the acoustics. Open spaces are aesthetically pleasant but the acoustics MUST be treated. Glass and steel are out of the question. Keeping electronic music in mind as a format, a console big enough to accommodate two people with synths, laptops and controllers would be just fine. If it is a seated arrangement then it would be great if the audience is not seated in rows but in semi-circles facing the stage…that creates more synergy between performers and the audience. Lights must be suited to mood of the music. I find that most places have one standard set of lighting for any ambience which they try and fiddle around using filters. I'm taking about not just colours, but placement, textures, etc."
Ruhi Sridhar | Graphic Designer | Qern
"All the usual things that go into a space like this - light, airy, open. But most importantly for me, there should be lots of places to perch if not sit properly."
Sean Blagsvedt | Social Entrepreneur & Technologist | Babajob
"I would divide it into 2 spaces - public and private. The public space would be big and open and not constrained. The private space is an intimate space where I can work with semi-privacy, while being able to see others who are also working. Essentially with both spaces the key is that I should be able to at times go over grab a coffee with others, chat, bounce ideas off them semi-casually, while at other times I should have space to concentrate on my own work."
Vasundhara Das | Singer-Actress
"It should be a large space where a band can play, where we are able to contain the sound so it doesn't spill out. It should be large enough to enable musical community activities…at least 20-30 people. For example for a choir or a small orchestra to work & play. Plan to have lots of power outlets all around the room. Think of practicalities. Perhaps there could be reflective surfaces so that dancers can use the space. A small outdoorsy space would be nice. Basically such that the room can be opened up so that audiences can move freely between outdoor areas and indoor areas. Perhaps multi-levels so that it can be used when required as distinct areas. It would be lovely to have books on dance, music, theatre…perhaps get different organisations to lend out books. Just one place where we can source information and people from different forms of art. I think some focus on folk art traditions would be good too…"
Yashas Shetty | New Media Artist | CEMA
"It should be an open space, some thing accessible and collaborative. It should be green. Something that is radical in its architectural design."
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