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FAQs - Information Arts and Information Design Practices

Information Arts and Information Design Practices is an emerging field. Today, the disciplinary boundaries across fields are porous and more people desire to experiment with creativity and communication in its multiple dimensions. Information Arts and Information Design Practices as a course allows students to grapple with diverse media and data that range from the artistic, informative to the technological; to find their own forms for communication and curating experiences.  The core of this field lies in perception and interpretation of information in order to communicate. Communication can be personal, artistic and creative, it can also move into the space of a designer and expand into social communication and advocacy. Contemporary, exploratory and evocative, IAIDP offers space for crafting creativity and communication for a new era in human history.

People in this field are cross pollinators. They can seamlessly walk through media, arts and design. Driven by a desire to connect and evoke, they are willing explorers of simple and complex contexts alike. From environmental issues to human rights, from civic media to sonic art, from puppetry to web-design, their breadth and range of work are varied and experimental. They take communication to a new level in their ability to work across diverse fields through varied visualizations and technical explorations.
By opting for this course, graduates can evolve highly independent practice; ideate with far-reaching insights in whatever positions they choose to work in. They can spread themselves across different fields and much like a chameleon, change and transform their media and methods to suit different contexts. Most of all they can adapt, evolve and remain constantly alert to both time and space. This provides them with the chance to interpret needs and action in different project scenarios and apply their creativity within the context. From advertising to social communication, creative arts and design to technology based fields, graduates of this program have a wide and diverse playground to explore and find their niche.

Anybody who is dissatisfied with the status quo of what the world defines as Art/ Design/ Communication practitioner and wants to make sense and meaning of the world in a more integrated manner is welcome to the course. Typically, practitioners are willing to embrace diverse kinds of media, meddle and make mistakes, be reasonably happy with a substantial degree of creative mess on the floor and the mind during process stages. Practitioners are fairly excited about all the things that go absolutely right and wrong with the world around them and want to find ways to inspire solutions through creative media usage. They are willing to work with life in all its forms, engage with communities, analyze, evaluate and deepen their practice with relevant to contexts. They are people who are essentially seeking to find ways to weave together a highly developed capacity for both reason and emotion through creative media practice. If the idea of practising just one form or media does not appeal to you substantially and you are driven to weave together different things, this could be a perfect fit for you. Also if you are someone who is not completely satisfied with the idea of being an artist or designer but feel you want to bridge these two worlds, this could be very relevant course for you. Further if you are someone who is excited by technology and want to be at the cutting edge of contemporary approaches to art and communication, this course could help you build your practice.
At Srishti, we particularly focus on issues, contexts and communities that have social and environmental relevance. If you are someone who is looking to make a difference in these areas and have a strong passion to tackle wicked problems, this would be a good fit for you.

An IAIDP practitioner would benefit from the natural curiosity to explore different media and modes of representation. These could range from drawing and painting media to performing arts, technology and softwares, writing and graphic design. An IAIDP practitioner essentially plays with diverse forms of representation to create new ways to engage people. Their strength lies in this diversity. Storytelling is an essential skill that cuts across all the diversity in this program and becomes the core essence of communication. A willingness to traverse from science to arts, philosophy to literature are attitudes that will hold the IAIDP practitioner in good stead.

By sculpting arts into Information design or the other way around, the course at Srishti opens a whole new level of perceptiveness to the world we inhabit. Envisioned to welcome diverse kinds of students, the true essence of this program lies in the navigability it provides across fields of art, storytelling, design and technology allowing an individual to craft new directions to perception and interpretation of the world at large. The course values are mapped across ethical, inclusive, indigenous, sustainable and universal frames. This warp and weft of media mapped across values gives students a chance to build on their unique strengths and craft media and communication in diverse contexts. With a core focus on socially relevant art and design, the course at Srishti challenges students to look beyond the obvious.

Communication and interpretation of information using diverse media, formats and methods is the essential focus of the course. We work with art, design and technology to deal with wicked problems, contexts, issues and communities on social, environmental, economic and political issues.