Design Fabric’s ‘WIP Sessions’ is a monthly event, where Designers and Artists talk about their unfinished, latest and upcoming projects.
For the sixth edition of the WIP Sessions, we have invited Illustrator Alicia Souza, Filmmaker Anand Gandhi, Spoken Word Poet Shamir Reuben and Artist Ranjit Dahiya.
Alicia Souza is a happiness-illustrator who resides in fair-weathered Bangalore with her insanely-cute but naughty dog Charlie. Her work has appeared internationally in children's books, magazines, newspapers and products. She is an INK Fellow and has done a number of talks for various TEDx's and universities around India. In 2015, Alicia started her business and online store, designing and manufacturing happy, funny products that make people smile. Her products have since been flying off the shelves in over 50 stores across India.
Anand Gandhi is a filmmaker, entrepreneur, media producer, innovator and research scientist. As the founder of Memesys Culture Lab, he works at the intersection of science, philosophy and culture. The studio actively participates in cinema, literature, pedagogy, technology, art, scientific and philosophical research. The vision at Memesys is to initiate dialogue, engage with the greatest ideas of past and present, and interpret and demystify current breakthroughs in our understanding of the self and the universe. His debut feature film Ship of Theseus, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, was declared the “hidden gem of the year” and honoured with the National Film Award for Best Picture. Anand is also the creator of ElseVR, India’s first Virtual Reality nonfiction platform aiming to bring “extraordinary and urgent stories” to the digital mainstream. In 2017, his home production, An Insignificant Man – a nonfiction thriller directed by Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla on the rise of the Aam Aadmi Party in India – was released to widespread international and domestic acclaim. The film was picked up by global media giant Vice for International distribution.
Shamir Gabriel Reuben is a writer and spoken word poet who works as Head of Content and Social Media at a live performance collective called Kommune, where his work has been featured by Hindustan Times, Buzzfeed India, Storypick, Network 18 and more. He has performed at 70 shows across five states in India, and utilizes spoken word as a medium to galvanize social change through storytelling.
Bollywood Art Project [aka BAP] is an urban art project started in 2012 in Mumbai, India in memoir of popular Hindi Cinema of Bollywood. It is the brainchild of artist Ranjit Dahiya and is aimed at mapping the cinematic history of Bollywood over the last century. Ranjit, who hails from Sonipat, Haryana bagged his Post Graduate in Graphic Design from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and ever since has been immersively involved in street art. These days, he is busy turning the walls of the city into canvases reminiscent of the biggest stars of Indian celluloid.
In 2009, Dahiya's poster of the film Sarkar Raj represented Bollywood at the event Salon du Cinema at Paris, inaugurated by Amitabh Bachchan. His work History of Bollywood, a collection of paintings of Indian film posters, was exhibited at La Rochelle, France, during the 32nd International Festival, where he also painted a community mural. History of Bollywood was also featured as an exhibition at Durban, South Africa, for the 28th International Film Festival.
6:00pm | Gates Open
7:00pm | Ranjit Dahiya
7:30pm | Anand Gandhi
8:00pm | Alicia Souza
8:30pm | Shamir Reuben
9:30pm | Networking Drinks
10:00pm | Session Ends