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
#miniatureportraits #banagalorebengaluru @srishtiartdesign @SrishtiArtDes @artintransit_bangalore

View online at vimeopro.com/maalcc/bangalore-bengaluru

Have you seen the signs?

Title: Have you seen the signs?

Artists: Athreya Krishnamurthy, Pranavā Kaveri, Anubhav Mahajan, Nathan Gomes

Synopsis Experiencing the city through the idea of signages.

Description Exploring the impact language has had on Bangalore city and its residents. Language is consumed the most through sign boards which are instructional and meant for the masses. Is language only utilitarian or does it come with emotions that go beyond communication?

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Link blog page for the film or website for the film: vimeopro.com/maalcc/bangalore-bengaluru

Title: Have you seen the signs?

Vimeo Link: vimeo.com/378258575
Download link H264 & PRORES available on Vimeo

Info:
Synopsis Short:
‘Have You Seen The Signs’ is a short film about the motley crew of signs in and around Bangalore. Be it the old or the new, every sign tells a unique tale...

Synopsis Long:
‘Have You Seen The Signs’ is a short film about the motley crew of signs in and around Bangalore. The city's signs are much like its people- they speak an array of languages, they boast diverse backgrounds and ever-so-often...we find them in conflict with each other! Our film aspires to capture and essentialise many of the signs we find around Bangalore. Be it the old or the new, every sign tells a unique tale...

Twitter/Instagram Blurb (100 characters): ‘Have You Seen The Signs’ is a short film about the motley crew of signs in and around Bangalore. The film is part of Srishti Live 2019, showcasing across multiple venuesDec 19-22 #SrishtiInterim2019 #srishtilive2019#srishtiinterlude #srishtiinterim#srishtiartdesign #festivalofideas#festivalofperformance #nsd #bmrcl#srishtin6 #srishtn5
#haveyouseethesigns? #miniatureportraits #banagalorebengaluru
@srishtiartdesign @SrishtiArtDes @artintransit_bangalore
@anewbhav @line.tested @pranava__ @athreyakrishnamurthy

Facebook blurb: ‘Have You Seen The Signs’ is a short film about the motley crew of signs in and around Bangalore. The city's signs are much like its people- they speak an array of languages, they boast diverse backgrounds and ever-so-often...we find them in conflict with each other! Our film aspires to capture and essentialise many of the signs we find around Bangalore. Be it the old or the new, every sign tells a unique tale...
The film is part of Srishti Live 2019, showcasing across multiple venuesDec 19-22 #SrishtiInterim2019 #srishtilive2019#srishtiinterlude #srishtiinterim#srishtiartdesign #festivalofideas#festivalofperformance #nsd #bmrcl#srishtin6 #srishtn5
#haveyouseethesigns? #miniatureportraits #banagalorebengaluru
@srishtiartdesign @SrishtiArtDes @artintransit_bangalore
@anewbhav @line.tested @pranava__ @athreyakrishnamurthy

Credits:
Artists: Athreya Krishnamurthy, Pranavā Kaveri, Anubhav Mahajan, Nathan Gomes
Music & Sound: Athreya Krishnamurthy, Pranavā Kaveri, Anubhav Mahajan, Nathan Gomes

Biographies:
Athreya Krishnamurthy:
Currently studying Visual Communication & Branding, Athreya has always been interested in the creation of characters and stories from settings widely regarded as mundane and every day. Having grown up predominantly in Bangalore, Athreya's work draws extensively from the socio-cultural and political landscape of the city he spent the majority of his life in. He also assures me he hasn't written this bio himself.

Pranava Kaveri:
Pranava Kaveri is an illustrator and visual communicator. Narratives inside spaces and place interest her. Moving to different cities, she takes a liking to the cultures which often end up becoming the subjects of her films

Anubhav Mahajan
Anubhav is an experimental animator who loves working with hands on material to construct and weave stories.
Studying animation currently, Anubhav passion lies in editing sound and footage.
His films mainly revolve around fantastical mythology or sci-fi concepts but lightly tread into socio-political issues.

Nathan Gomes
As an amateur animator, Nathan has always been fascinated with the stories behind people. His interests lie in hand-drawn animation and story writing. He also likes Cadbury Bournville

Artist's statement:
Exploring the impact language has had on Bangalore city and its residents. Language is consumed the most through signboards which are instructional and meant for the masses. Is language only utilitarian or does it come with emotions that go beyond communication?
Our film aspires to capture and essentialise many of the signs we find around Bangalore. Be it the old or the new, every sign tells a unique tale...

Contact details:
Name: Anubhav
Surname: Mahajan
Email: anubhav04mahajan@gmail.com
Website vimeopro.com/maalcc/bangalore-bengaluru
Telephone number: 9971199019

Social media:
Website: vimeopro.com/maalcc/bangalore-bengaluru
Instagram: @anewbhav @line.tested @pranava__ @athreyakrishnamurthy

Technical info:
Length :
Size: 1920x1080 HD 16:9
Sound: Stereo

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