The format for UnBox 2013 departs from the previous two years, making it more open, vibrant and experiential. The ample, unique & green spaces at this year’s venue - ZORBA, allowed us to program multiple elements simultaneously, creating more of a festival and less of a conference.
Indian Artisans collaborated with artists and designers at UnBox to take craft-design intervention in new directions, UnBox collaborated with the pioneering crafts and heritage organizations - The Sanskriti Foundation and Dastakar to share the work processes and innovation challenges of master artisans with participants.
The Artisan Node at UnBox provided the following experiences:
‣a hands-on experience with the chance to observe master artisans and their approaches
‣debate and conversation with the people behind these seminal organizations
‣ creative workshops that propose imaginative ideas for challenges in the crafts
‣ resources for creating spatial and artistic experiments at UnBox
‣ create merchandise for UnBox participants
The challenge of creating meaningful craft-based interactions at a festival like UnBox is a critical conﬂict to consider. Artisan Node examined not just the expansion of the possibilities of craft, but also critiques typical conceptual and creative dynamics between design interventions and craft knowledge.
by Laila Tyabji (Dastkar) & UnBox mentors
Pioneering crafts group Dastkar pitched a challenge to UnBox to bring sustenance to their newly established Nature Bazaar through user-centered innovation
Led by Ms. Laila Tyabji, Dastkar has been working with crafts and craftspeople for over 3 decades. Dastkar recently won a Delhi tourism tender to turn the abandoned Kisan Haat (Farmer’s Market) near Mehrauli, New Delhi, into a more permanent Nature Bazaar.
Nature Bazaar’s concept is “A vibrant, colourful, constantly changing space where craft & design meet food, herbal & eco-friendly products, and tradition sits side-by-side with contemporary style”. The challenge of Nature Bazaar is to create an intellectual, artistic and cultural hub that resonates with artisans’ needs to progress, and with customers’ needs for contemporary experiences. A society for crafts and craftspeople - Dastkar is a registered society that aims at improving the economic status of craftspeople, thereby promoting the survival of traditional crafts.
by Sanskriti Foundation, Flow India & UnBox mentors
Hosted at the inspiring Sanskriti Foundation, this workshop took participants on an exploratory journey of 3 museums, arriving at interventions that could educate old and new audiences.
‣Sanskriti Foundation, Flow India & UnBox will co-create a workshop experience that took a group of 10-15 practitioners on a tour and investigated the three museums in the Sanskriti complex. CGAP
UnBox participants brainstormed and co-created ideas based on speciﬁc challenges posed by the Foundation, with a focus on uncovering new experiential ideas for visitors, artists and stakeholders. The dierent ideas are compiled as a book of directions for the Foundation. Established in 1978, Sanskriti Foundation cultivates an environment for the preservation and development of the artistic and cultural expressions of India, and the world at large. Sanskriti perceives its role as that of a catalyst, in revitalizing cultural sensitivity in contemporary times.
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