Thirst-day Exhibit

We need to put the thirst back in design professionals to be aware, appreciative and understand art. So my Thursday posts are going to be about the artists who inspired me.

  • Thirst-day Exhibit 17: Apple, I and the GUI

    Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future. – Steve Jobs In the early eighties, small town India like my hometown had not seen computers. The closest that you came to one was when you went to book a train ticket. It was behind […]

  • Thirst-day Exhibit 16: The Broken Story

    Movies become art after editing. Instead of just reproducing reality, they juxtapose images of it. That implies expression; that’s art. – Alejandro González Iñárritu The structure is intrinsic to any art form. Most often the underlying structure defines the genre like modern jazz in music, Haiku in poetry or a three-act play in a theatre. […]

  • Thirst-day Exhibit 15: The Smile of Saraswati

    While the film Life of Christ was rolling past before my eyes I was mentally visualizing the gods, Shri Krishna, Shri Ramachandra their Gokul and Ayodhya.. I was gripped by a strange spell.  -Dadasaheb Phalke The school textbooks were stacked up. There was a picture of Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge with a benign smile. […]

  • Thirst-day Exhibit 14: Helvetica

    It’s air, you know. It’s just there. There’s no choice. You have to breathe, so you have to use Helvetica. – Erik Spiekerman Let me start with a quick bit of history. When a German blacksmith Johannes Gutenberg created the printing press in mid-15th century he also invented the first printable typeface now called Blackletter. […]

  • Thirst-day Exhibit 13: Parallel Cinema

    While we were leading a rather sedate life in the 70s, the new Indira Gandhi cabinet of 1980 decide to bring colour television to our homes for the Asiad Games. My father bought one in 1983. So as a teen I was exposed to a new kind of cinema in the early eighties, typically broadcast […]

  • Thirst-day Exhibit 12: Jamini Roy

    I recently learned about an important feature that distinguishes us human beings, right on top with our opposable thumbs and standing upright – the prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex, among many things it does, enables us to simulate experiences. Or in other words, it helps us create narratives or tell stories. And we human beings […]

  • Thirst-day Exhibit 11: Tim Burton

    I have a problem when people say something’s real or not real, or normal or abnormal. The meaning of those words for me is very personal and subjective. — Tim Burton His love for the macabre, the twisted reality and Johnny Depp has defined his movies. Tim Burton had to prise himself away from Disney […]

  • Thirst-day Exhibit 10: Ilaiyaraja

    This exhibit is a strong inspiration of mine who made cinematic music into an artform. You can realise God as you progress in music – Ilaiyaraja As the heat scorched the tar in those summer afternoons in the early-80s the rarefied air carried Tamil movie songs to the streets through small windows on either side. […]

  • Thirst-day Exhibit 09: The Coup Connection

    A friend and a teacher once told me that creativity is about finding connections between things that are not seemingly related. The rational part of my mind dismissed this as superficial and vaguely self-indulgent. But I present you a case where I found a movie, a book and a song inspired by one event – […]

  • Thirst-day Exhibit 08: Gabriel García Márquez

    Before reaching the final line, however, he had already understood that he would never leave that room, for it was foreseen that the city of mirrors (or mirages) would be wiped out by the wind and exiled from the memory of men at the precise moment when Aureliano Babilonia would finish deciphering the parchments, and […]