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Woodworking starts with THE Plank

How many things can one plank of wood be?

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Sometime late 2016, we ran one of our first woodworking workshops with Bram.  A year on in he’s back from France, and set up Bram Woodcrafting Studio in Mysore. Happy to say we’ve collaboratively run some of our most awesome hands-on woodworking workshops with his team.

Two questions to get started: What’s a plank got to do with this?

And…How does one make a plank, THE Plank?

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Space-saving, flat, minimalistic even, it’s one of the more functional woodworking projects to begin with ––  the design we made is a simple adaptation of the original. The original is a mystery. Known by many other names including the Viking Chair, African chair, One-Board chair, The Plank Chair, and popularly dubbed the world oldest and simplest chair design. Stuff that DIYers cut their teeth on. Literally. Magic with a saw.

And while Norway and Africa both don’t care who made the chair first, Bram and THE crew everyone had themselves a fun time.

Here’s what mentors and participants had to say:

We’re super happy to see people making and doing.  People come back for seconds, and, we’ve even had participants who have flown in from across the world. True story. Drop by THE Workshop and we’ll continue the conversation.

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THE Urban Bi-spectacle: a data-driven interactive installation

We ended 2016 with a research-driven interactive installation at our very first Biennale. Pi’s, emotional maps of the city, original emotion based frequency sounds, and first person POV’s of four peculiar characters of the city.

That’s loads of data, research and creation all crunched into a month of making. In the meanwhile, we also helped set up URBAN CITYLAB, Bangalore. Fun December 🙂

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Initiated by Ar. Sandhya Rao and Ar. Anabelle Viegas, URBAN CITYLAB is a research collective of Urban Designers, planners, architects, sociologist’s and academicians based out of Bangalore. The research collective focuses on innovative urban proposals that will transform the way we live; concepts of hybrid urbanism that offer a juxtaposition of programs to live, work, and play for a hyper-mobile, hyper-connected population.

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The installation: The Urban Bi-spectacle is an on-going research project on the sensory experience of Bengaluru’s multi-layered, hyper-connected reality.  It uncovers layers of interaction, experience and emotion while revealing the characters, characteristics and peculiarities of the urban.

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Tracing the activities of various urban actors, we examine the multiplicity of the Bangalore urban to generate discourses on alternative methods of city design, and relook at ways to analyse and interpret real-time data.

Conceptualised, and built by Urban Citylab, this study provides insights into the nature of the city we know, sense and recognise, while focusing on the spatial, sensorial and emotional nuances defining it.

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Put simply, the city is calling for help, and we dial in an emotion. A precursor to the digitally lead lives of people in the world’s most dynamic city. Thanks Gopi, Arnab, Arthur, Chetan, Faseeh, Manoj, all volunteers, and THE Workshop for making this.

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You can visit THE Urban Bi-spectacle at the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2016. Stop by Yousuf Art Gallery, Opposite international tourist police museum, Jew town road, Mattancherry, Kochi. The installation will run all though Feb, until 29th March 17.

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A fundamental step: Getting back to THE basics

Our new series at THE Workshop. Fundamentally fun stuff.

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Where everyone in the world is migrating—in one gorgeous chart

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What scientific research says you should do when you have a hangover

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Flower Power: sacred geometry and psytrance

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Is this the secret? The true ‘flower power’. 

‘Flashback’

Alchemy and the Flower of Life: 

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Biology and the Flower Of Life: 

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More realistically it looks like…

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flash-forward….

Trippy circles, more circles, circles everywhere….

Psytrance and the Flower of Life:

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No surprise why psychonauts and other psychedelically inclined subcultures adopted the flower of life. From tattoos to backdrops it’s replaced the sixties PLUR. They were close with ‘Flower Power’.

The millennium saw a new wave of collective conciousness fueling deep connections,co-creation and universal awareness.

 

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Visionary Art and the Flower of Life: 

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The bigger picture…

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The wiki link for everything you need to know >> FLOWER OF LIFE