Miniature Portraits: Bangalore-Bengaluru

A collection of short animated documentaries looking at the current cultural, sociopolitical and psychological mindset of Bangalore through the portrayal of personal narrative.

"Bangalore has grown so much over the years. It is known as the silicon-valley of India, and it is expanding every minute. In the past people used miniature portraits as micro images which were kept as a remembrance for a loved one. A portrait is a depiction of things not only the way they are but the way they look to the maker. Our films are a portrait of our experiences and curiosities. The artists each worked on a quirk of Bangalore that stuck with them.

One one side we looked at the concept of communication shows up heavily in sign boards where so much information is lost in translation. Language plays a big role in the shaping of a city, Bangalore has been in conflict over language for a long time, and it has become more than just communication.

On another side we explored as people traverse through the ever-changing city while travelling through time, no one commuter is the same at the end of his/her journey as they were at the start of it.

Then we dwelled into how the changing foodscape of Bangalore acts like a mirror for the growing population and diversity of the city.

And at last as we look around at the metropolitan city, bookshops around and inside the corners and ends of streets are wavering to obscurity. They remain only through nostalgia and fading memories, withstanding all kinds of cultural trends and modern businesses.

Using animated documentaries as our medium we have explored multiple facets of Bangalore that continue to affect us as migrants and as locals."

Under the guidance of Kim Noce and Shradha Jain, the students interviewed the locals capturing the continuously changing nature of the city whilst animating the intrinsic materials of the landscape through stop motion, cut out, pixilation and draw animation. Street food, old books, commuters bags, and signage come to life to map and playfully narrate the continuous evolution of Bangalore/Bengaluru.

The films screened at Rajajinagar on 21/22 December 2019 as part of Srishti Live 2019, showcasing across multiple venues Dec 19-22 #SrishtiInterim2019 #srishtilive2019#srishtiinterlude #srishtiinterim#srishtiartdesign #festivalofideas#festivalofperformance #nsd #bmrcl#srishtin6 #srishtn5
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Food For Thought

Title: Food in Bangalore (For now)

Artists: Aayush Ray Chaudari, Riddhima Shrivastava, Divyaksh Trivedi, Sanyukta Bhonsle, Pratham Ajila

Synopsis: Depicting the changing tastes of Bangalore: from the traditional dishes to a variety of international cuisines. A mouth-watering film for all.

Description: Food plays an essential and integral part towards the culture of a city with Bangalore being no exception. Yet, The landscape of food has changed immensely within a decade with restaurants being a dime a dozen across the city. Through this passage of time, the film captures the changing tastes among the city’s citizens and the diversified palette ranging from local cuisines to international eateries. With these fast paced changes, What sort of dinery are we looking forward to snack upon?