ok The Story Of Light Festival | Goa, January 2015


And continues to be sustained by it.

2015 was the International Year of Light as declared by the UN. Along with 70 artists, scientists and philosophers from 14 countries, we explored the theme of light at the intersection of science, philosophy, and culture.

The Story of Light was the first science-meets-art festival to be conceived and hosted in India. It was hosted in the city of Panjim, Goa, and comprised interactive installations, workshops and performances held in public spaces, all freely accessible to the general public.

The Story of Light Festival
14-18 January 2015,
The International Year of Light,
Goa, India


The connections and relations between
light and life are infinite.

Light is fundamentally necessary for the very existence of life. Electricity works with light. Photography captures light. Wireless signals travel through light.

The Story of Light Festival was a celebration of this beauty and universality of light and its countless connections to science, technology, nature, culture, spirituality, history, and cosmology. Light became the medium to express the true, hidden nature of the universe, touch hearts, change perspectives and show reality just a little bit differently.

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    Life wouldn't exist without light, that much we know. But light has also shaped so much of our lives and culture. It is a common symbol in religion and philosophy, it is found in our myths and rituals, and it is central to art and architecture. Light is a universal symbol of life, and we also speak of death as "going toward the light".

    This theme explores light and its hidden role in shaping our evolution and our humanity.


    Seeing is a tricky affair. It's more like a dance between the object we are seeing, the light reflecting off it, and our brain perceiving it. To complicate matters, not all beings see the same way. You and I see a bit differently, and what do we find when we look at the world through the eyes of a mantis shrimp or a butterfly?

    This theme explores light and vision and its myriad connections to our perception of reality.


    Right now, you are surrounded by a chaotic but invisible symphony of different kinds of light waves passing through you like ghosts or interacting with you in subtle ways. Every time you send a text message, for instance, you are in fact sending out waves of light. Most of our day-to-day technology we take for granted is based on the very wide spectrum of light, visible and invisible, high energy and low energy.

    This theme explores how humans have exploited light, from radio waves to gamma rays, and the directions we could move in in the future.


    Light seems to play outside the rules of time and space as we understand them. It can travel infinitely, it can be everywhere, and we can still see the light of stars long gone. And if light is everywhere, where do we go to search for the dark, the absence of light?

    Following the journey of light, this theme gives us a direct glimpse of abstract notions like "infinity" and "inter-connectedness".

70 Artists & Scientists From 14 Countries

A public call for proposals was carefully curated to fifty interactive works, spanning a range of themes and formats. The festival was preceded by a month-long residency during which the artists, scientists, educators, and philosophers came together to conceive and create their installations, performances and workshops.

Over the course of the five-day-long festival, we witnessed a footfall of close to 15,000 students, tourists and local residents. There were school trips and family outings, quiet viewers and engaged conversationalists. The festival had something for everyone and each visitor left with something new to think about.

Abhinav Mishra & Vinay Hasija : Kavak Prakash

Abhinav Mishra & Vinay Hasija

Kavak Prakash

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About the Installation

“Kavak Prakash” is a light based interactive art installation inspired by the phenomenon of bioluminescence of deep sea creatures. The name is derived from the Hindi terms for fungus (Kavak) and light (Prakash). Kavak Prakash is created from our imagination of those underwater bioluminescent creatures. They will be placed and brought to life in the dark and unexposed corners of Panjim to simulate an environment where humans and the bioluminescent creatures share the same land.

What fascinates us most about the bioluminescent phenomenon is that we have actually never seen it in reality. The fact that certain creatures use light signals and flashes for communication, navigation, mating, defence mechanisms as well as bait which are also visually stunning draw us to this subject.

The sense of surprise when you discover this interactive installation will hopefully drive people to know more about this organism and the property of bio-luminescence (in some of the most beautiful and endangered creatures) that is no longer seen with the kind of wonderment it deserves.

About the Artists

Abhinav and Vinay studied New Media Design at the National Institute of Design in Gandhinagar. Abhinav is also an architect from the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University (CEPT). Abhinav’s areas of interests lie in New Media Art, Architecture, Environments and Tangible interfaces. Vinay has a background in Electronics and his interests lie in Media Arts, Educational research and creating alternative ways of learning.
e. abhinav.m.n@gmail.com

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If you ever happen to visit Reethi Beach in the Maldives and see the sand turn a bright, fluorescent blue as the tide washes up on it, don’t panic. No one’s spiked your drink. What you are seeing is bioluminescent dinoflagellates from the waters.

Bioluminescence is light produced by a chemical reaction within a living organism. Bioluminescence is a type of chemiluminescence, which is simply the term for a chemical reaction where light is produced. (Bioluminescence is chemiluminescence that takes place inside a living organism.) Bioluminescence is a "cold light." Cold light means less than 20% of the light generates thermal radiation, or heat.

Most bioluminescent organisms are found in the ocean. These bioluminescent marine species include fish, bacteria, and jellies. Some bioluminescent organisms, including fireflies and fungi, are found on land. There are almost no bioluminescent organisms native to freshwater habitats.

Abhiyan Humane : Light as a Curator

Abhiyan Humane

Light as a Curator


About the Workshop and Installation

Light as a curator is a workshop and installation that renders the beautiful and aesthetic imagination of our visual culture. The installation and the workshop is hands-on and participative, integrating science, printmaking, curating, visualising and installing.

The process explores Cyanotype which is a photographic printing process that gives a cyan-blue print. The simple and low-cost process uses sunlight as a curator and natural salts to produce beautiful and elaborate prints of objects and images. This workshop explores screen printing without using an image.

The installation evolves from the workshop, as participants make a variety of prints on paper and textiles (exposed to natural sunlight) and on the walls of Goa.

The event offers participants an amazing opportunity to play with scientific concepts, develop large visually striking installations in the city and exhibit and demonstrate how light affects human life on this planet in so many interesting ways. The workshop is experimental and exploratory using found images, objects etc.

About the Artist

Abhiyan Humane is a faculty and an artist at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore. He is part of the Center for Experimental Media Arts and teaches 'Play and Invent'. He is interested in exploring scientific and cognitive paradigms with art and technology through simulations, models, and installations utilising various modalities, matter and media.

e. abhiyan@srishti.ac.in

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Experimenting with prints and natural curating processes, we will learn about cyanotype, a printing technique where light acts as a curator to develop the image or object. In historical and scientific terms, this application of light was a precursor to camera obscura. It offered visual perception a completely different paradigm to document, archive, copy, project the world around us.

Alejandro Borsani : The Origin of Clouds

Alejandro Borsani

The Origin of Clouds


About the Installation

The Origin of Clouds derives from an experiment to study the formation of clouds that appeared within the larger context of weather phenomena research at the end of the nineteenth century. The Cloud Chamber or Camera Nebulosa was originally built to create artificial clouds in the laboratory and investigate their emergence in the atmosphere. The experiment failed in explaining this phenomenon and was never able to provide a better understanding of clouds, storms or lighting. However, the Camera Nebulosa made an unexpected discovery by enabling the visualization of fundamental particles for the first time. This so-called “failed experiment” became the visual proof of the existence of the sub atomic world and had a profound influence on the research within the field of atomic energy.

The experiment recreated in The Origin of Clouds uses saturated fumes of isopropyl alcohol that lied over a frozen plate inside a sealed glass chamber. The alcohol forms a thing layer over the cooled surface, and with the help of a strong source of light, different elemental particles start to emerge. These particles – muons and electrons – are a consequence of Cosmic Rays originating in the sun and outside the solar system. The average speed of these particles is 299.400 km/s (close to the speed of light).

The Origin of Clouds documents the process by which fundamental particles become form and materiality. The visual result is an ever-changing flux of ephemeral shapes with unpredictable occurrence that emphasizes the phenomenon’s organizational logic in space and time.

About the Artist

Alejandro Borsani is an artist and educator who explores the intersection of natural and artificial systems by creating videos, installations, sculptures, custom software and electronics. His research is driven by a curiosity about simple physical phenomena and the exploration of emergent technologies.

His works have been presented in solo and group exhibitions internationally, including the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art (Buenos Aires), VideoBrasil (São Paulo, Brasil), Villa Elisabeth (Berlin, Germany), Centro Hipermediático Experimental Latinoamericano (Buenos Aires), Centro Cultural Borges (Buenos Aires), Gallery 400 (Chicago), Athletic Annex Exhibition (Albany), Center for PostNatural History (Pittsburg), ACM SIGGRAPH (Los Angeles), Galería Suchiche (Tarapoto, Perú), 14th Biennial Symposium for Arts and Technology (New London), Currents - The Santa Fe International New Media Festival (Santa Fe), Red Arrow Contemporary (Dallas), Federation Square (Melbourne, Australia), IDEAS_14 – International Digital Media and Arts Association (Orem, UT).

Borsani holds a MFA in Electronic Arts from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2012) and a MFA in Electronic Visualization from the School of Art and Design of the University of Illinois at Chicago (2010). He also received a degree in Audiovisual Design from the School of Architecture, Design and Urbanism at the University of Buenos Aires (2007). He served as faculty in the Creative Computation Program at the Southern Methodist University and in New Media Arts at the University of North Texas. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of Foundation Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

e. aborsani@risd.edu

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The Cloud Chamber, more appropriately named the Wilson Chamber, after its inventor Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, is a particle detector used for detecting ionizing radiation.

In its most basic form, a cloud chamber is a sealed environment containing an extremely saturated vapor of water or alcohol. When a charged particle interacts with the mixture, the fluid is ionized(induced to develop a charge). The resulting ions, or electrically charged particles, act as condensation nuclei, around which a mist will form (because the mixture is on the point of condensation). The high energies of alpha and beta particles(types of charged particles) mean that a trail is left, due to many ions being produced along the path of the charged particle. These tracks have distinctive shapes (for example, an alpha particle's track is broad and shows more evidence of deflection by collisions, while an electron's is thinner and straight). When any uniform magnetic field is applied across the cloud chamber, positively and negatively charged particles will curve in opposite directions.

Cloud chamber in action: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cloud_chamber.ogg

Andrej Boleslavsky & Maria Judova : Archibio

Andrej Boleslavsky & Maria Judova



About the Installation

The ArchiBio project discovers phenomena that surround us everywhere, yet they remain invisible. The growth of bacteria, fungi and plants, life of an ant colony – the beauty of these phenomena escapes our attention, because they exist on a different scale or in a different time beyond our perception. ArchiBio videomapping unfolds the beauty of microscopic worlds enlarged to a giant size in the public space. It poses a question whether the relationship between nature and technology really is antagonistic, or whether the man-made technologies represent just another branch on the evolutionary tree. It is fascinating that all life forms around us share the same operating system with us, humans, DNA. What will happen once our technologies learn how to cooperate with it? Will genetic modification bring destruction or progress?

Public audience can directly interact . In all instances the project was exhibited, the artists personally info-trained the installation by actively discussing with visiting public and explaining how to interact with the installation.

About the Artists

Andrej Boleslavský and Maria Judova are new media artists from the Czech Republic. They focus on the use of technology to create new media art and interactive design spaces.

e. andrej.boleslavsky@gmail.com

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The humble microscope, whose inventor has never been identified, gave us a window to the microcosm that surrounds us everyday. Without the device, we would never have learned of unicellular life, or researched and diagnosed diseases.

There are, basically, two kinds of microscopes: the simple microscope- your everyday magnifying glass, popularised by caricatures of detectives in the nineteenth century, and has become so common a household item, we don’t tend to think of it as a microscope- and the compound microscopes, the type you see in biology labs. The latter works extensively using light and lenses to focus it, in addition to a mirror to control the intensity of the beam.

The most recent addition to the totally cool family of microscopes is the electron microscope, which uses electrons instead of light, high definition image of the object being observed. Can you see an atom through a microscope?

Ankit Daftery : Reactive Orb & Touch Me Not Electronics

Ankit Daftery

Reactive Orb & Touch Me Not Electronics

About Ankit Daftery, Daflabs

Ankit is deeply passionate about building objects, tools and systems that improve convenience, value and ease in everyday life. He works on interactive public installations, fun desktop objects and alternative mobile interfaces and teaches electronic prototyping when he is not meeting people over coffee or sprucing up daflabs.com.

e. me@ankitdaf.com

About the Workshop, Reactive Orb

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In this hands-on workshop, teenagers learn to make a Reactive Orb: a tap sensitive orb that lights up with a unique colour for each tap. Participants are required to carry a laptop to this workshop.

About the Workshop, Touch Me Not Electronics

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A 3-4 hour workshop aimed at teaching kids the building blocks of electronic systems. The kids will be taught about the components of such a system, how to put them together and program them to react to touch. The kids will be taught how to make a flower that reacts with light when touched.

Arjun Rathi : We Are Beings of Light

Arjun Rathi

We Are Beings of Light


About the Installation

A biophoton or Ultra-weak Photon Emission, (UPE) is a kind of light particle that is emitted by all living things. Though it exists in the visible and ultraviolet spectrum, in order for us to see it, our eyes would have to be about 1,000 times more sensitive. The light emitted from each individual being forms the "aura" and is directly related to the body's 7 and 13 chakra system.

Each chakra or energy point has a sacred geometry form associated with it. There are 7 Common Basic Shapes which often show up in people’s Auras – these are the Platonic Solids – and each has its own meaning which you can learn. Cube, Sphere, Icosahedron, Dodecahedron, Octahedron, Tetrahedron, Pyramid. There are the 7 ‘Chakra Colours’ – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green/Pink, Blue, Purple, White – which, when associated with a Sacred Shape, specify more detail about exactly what is going on in your aura or in another person’s, bringing helpful insights to your life.

The project looks to explore this concept of “light beings" and the "chakras" that compose them. The proposal will look to work with intersections of geometrical forms associated with each chakra to create installations of light.

About the Artist

Arjun Rathi is the principal of the self named multidisciplinary design practice operating from Mumbai, India. Established in 2011, the work has gained national recognition for its exploratory approach towards design processes.Through the disciplines of Architecture, Landscape, Interior Design, and evolved concepts of ‘Psyche-tectural’ theory (psychetecturism being the conceptual ‘ism’ in which the city is constructed); the practice aims to innovative spatial forms that actively engage, enhance and influence the body, constantly challenging its relationship to the built environment.
e. arjunrathidesign@gmail.com

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Some youtube videos that help explain the concepts of Light beings and Sacred Geometry within us.

Christine Fowle : Illuminating the Mind

Christine Fowle

Illuminating the Mind


About the Workshop

Who are you?

For millennia philosophers, scientists and yogis have been kicking around the questions of self — not only who we are but why we are. However brilliant the work of the great Masters may appear, we each are traversing a very personal journey, as were they.

Guided by predispositions, personality and ideology, the mind is the non-physical filter though which we analyze and judge the world. But how is this filter constructed; what makes us tick, and what if we want change?

Moving through the progressive examination of these topics and into the meditative recesses of the mind, these sessions are designed, not to bring clarity to the questions, but to illuminate our perception of the answers — your answers.

Day 1: Illuminate the Mind — Who are you?
Day 2: Illuminate the Mind — Why are you?
Day 3: Illuminate the Mind — Where are you?

About the Philosopher

Although Christine has been probing the riddles of origination and purpose for decades, ultimately it was Buddhism and Yoga that flung open the doors to the solution — the mind.

Shifting away from corporate structure in 2011, exploration of the methods leading to inner peace has been a constant source of motivation. Centering mindfulness, meditation, Yoga and Eastern philosophy, developing clarity through the art of self-study has provided the basis for her writing, which may be found at Searching For OM.

e. calexafowle@gmail.com

Cristina Olivotto : Stroboscope & Photosensitive Art

Cristina Olivotto

Stroboscope & Photosensitive Art

About Cristina Olivotto, Sterrenlab

Cristina Olivotto graduated in Physics and after earning a PhD in History of Physics, she started to work in the field of science communication and formal and informal science education.  She founded Sterrenlab in 2011.

e. cristina@sterrenlab.com

About the Workshop, Stop Time With a Stroboscope

How can you study the movement of an object to make it appear to be slow-moving? With simple off-the shelf components paired with a digital camera, you will be able to build a stroboscope and take amazing pictures of moving objects.  There’s something magical in the way stroboscopic photography reveals us beautiful patterns that would be otherwise invisible to our eyes. But how does it work? The answer is, the stroboscope uses a rotating slotted paper disk coupled with a long exposure digital camera. Every time the slot spins past the lens, the camera gets a glimpse of the object and adds another layer to the image.

Inspired by the pioneers of the photographic art more than one century ago, we will study the motion of objects starting from wooden planks, toy motors and screws.

About the Workshop, Photosensitive Art

Learn about the scale of things by creating a story with photosensitive paper. With the help of sunlight, common objects will turn into magical blue shadows and you will need all your imagination to make beautiful compositions that take advantage of the properties of light. What’s the difference between opaque and transparent objects? How does light interact with matter? Why is the paper that we will use so special? If you are ready to challenge your artistic, storytelling and scientific skills and knowledge, you have what it takes to participate to the workshop.

Daniela de Paulis : OPTICKS

Daniela de Paulis


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About the Event

OPTICKS is conceived as a Cosmic Mail Art event, where the digital images – submitted from different locations on Earth - reach the Moon while being altered by its surface and by the long journey. At the end of each 'happening', the moonbounced images are printed as postcards and returned to the original sender with a message by the artist, confirming the effective journey of the image. The noise, the distortion of the colours and shapes is what makes the moonbounced images interesting and evocative of the long journey to the Moon and back.

The radio waves containing the information of the image travel approximately 768.000 Km, thus returning back to Earth much weaker than the original signals. Other causes for the distortion are the poor reflective qualities of the Moon's surface, the Doppler shift and the Lunar Libration. Every OPTICKS event has a component of unpredictability, some technical problems can occur either before or even during the live event. The problems can be caused by high winds or by technical failures at one of the stations. The component of uncertainty however is part of the poetic message of the work, space travel is far from being a flawless journey, space travel by radio waves is no exception.

The title 'OPTICKS', is inspired by the 1704 essay by Isaac Newton on the reflections, refractions, inflections and colours of light. The title aims at suggesting the phenomenon of reflection and refraction of the radio waves caused by the Moon's surface, through a poetic and philosophical link between Moonbounce and the light spectrum.

The moonbounce for The Story of Light took place on 27 January 2015

About the Artist

Daniela de Paulis is a visual artist and lecturer living and working between Italy and The Netherlands. She works with video, installation and performance, showing her work internationally and often collaborating with other artists, scientists and radio amateurs. Since October 2009 she has been the first artist in residence at the Dwingeloo radio telescope (NL). She is currently a PhD student at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, developing her research on Interstellar Transmissions in Live Performance. Since 2010 she has been collaborating with the international collective Astronomers Without Borders (AWB), as the founder and director of the AstroArts programme.

e. selavyrose@gmail.com

Deepti Datt : A Sadhana in Light

Deepti Datt

A Sadhana in Light


About the Installation

The very essence of sādhanā, or practice, is enlightenment. The artist has identified sixty-four ancient Tantric Yoginis, an interpretive way of seeing the global re-emergence of the feminine archetypes. Four of them were presented at the entrance of the Old GMC building.

About the Artist

Deepti Datt is a seasoned music, events, and television producer. She has worked with Universal Music Group, MTV, Sony, Star TV Channel [V], Vogue, IMG Fashion For Relief, Ford & Elite, amongst others, producing high-visibility events and music-television-content. Deepti now consults on conscious, innovative, new-paradigm projects in her areas of expertise (festival events & creating original content), and with organizations that prioritize transformational, social responsibility.

e. datt.deepti@gmail.com

Deshna Mehta : To Observe Is To Change

Deshna Mehta

To Observe Is To Change


About the Installation

Without an observer, there is no observation. Is it that the observation creates the observer or does the observation emanate from the observer?

The nuances of these complexities led to the exploration of quantum physics and eastern mysticism expressed metaphorically through a performative installation, 'To Observe is to Change', offering an understanding of reality in the context of the present moment.


About the Artist

Deshna is a visual artist with a passion for photography, writing and curation. After having graduated from the Royal College of Art in London, she moved back to India seeking to find meaningfulness and relevance of graphic design to the Indian masses through research, writing and her design practice. She works out of Mumbai and has co-founded a design and publishing initiative: Anugraha which serves as a platform to encourage and undertake collaborative practices in the field of visual art, design and research.

She truly believes that essence of everything tangible lies in the intangible; and that magic resides in the ephemeral, the elusive, the unseen, the emotive, the experiential and the subtle; which is what she aspires to express and experience through her engagement as an artist and co-curator at The Story of Light.
e. anugraha.deshna@gmail.com

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‘…what quantum mechanics says is that nothing is real and that we cannot say anything about what things are doing when we are not looking at them. Nothing is real unless it is observed… and we have to accept that the very act of observing a thing changed it.’
– John Gribbon

‘Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.’
– Lao Tzu

In science, the term observer effect refers to changes that the act of observation will make on a phenomenon being observed. This is often the result of instruments that, by necessity, alter the state of what they measure in some manner. A commonplace example is checking the pressure in an automobile tire; this is difficult to do without letting out some of the air, thus changing the pressure. This effect can be observed in many domains of physics.

For an electron to become detectable, a photon must first interact with it, and this interaction will inevitably change the path of that electron.

In electronics, ammeters and voltmeters are usually wired in series or parallel to the circuit, and so by their very presence affect the current or the voltage they are measuring.

In thermodynamics, a standard mercury-in-glass thermometer must absorb or give up some thermal energy to record a temperature, and therefore changes the temperature of the body which it is measuring.

In quantum mechanics, too, the Observer Effect plays a large role, especially when it comes to measurement. Quantum mechanics claims that nothing is present or real unless it is observed, leading to a collapse of wave function and a subsequent conclusive observation.

Deshna, Nihar Desai & Sanjana Nanodkar : Bring to Light

Deshna, Nihar Desai & Sanjana Nanodkar

Bring to Light

About the Screening

Bring to Light is a film made during the festival highlighting the stories behind the stories revealing the insights, inspirations and the moments of revelation that brought to light / that led to the manifestation of the various installations and performances at 'The Story of Light'

About the Artists

Deshna is a visual artist with a passion for photography, writing and curation. After having graduated from the Royal College of Art in London, she moved back to India seeking to find meaningfulness and relevance of graphic design to the Indian masses through research, writing and her design practice. She works out of Mumbai and has co-founded a design and publishing initiative: Anugraha which serves as a platform to encourage and undertake collaborative practices in the field of visual art, design and research. She truly believes that essence of everything tangible lies in the intangible; and that magic resides in the ephemeral, the elusive, the unseen, the emotive, the experiential and the subtle; which is what she aspires to express and experience through her engagement as an artist and co-curator at The Story of Light.
e. anugraha.deshna@gmail.com

Nihar is a freelance adfilm maker, who recently graduated from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad; after finishing his course in Film & Video Communication. His main interest lies in collaborative projects such as music videos for upcoming musicians, short films and travel & food photography, which he has been doing for sometime now.
e. nihardesaiwork@gmail.com

Sanjana is a young design enthusiast and a believer in a research based approach to design so as to enhance visual communication and visual awareness. A passionate photographer with a keen interest in creative writing. An explorer in this world of communication design, with the sole aim of - ‘Providing design solutions parallel to the culture of the specified region’.
e. sanjanananodkar@gmail.com

Dhwani Shah : Variegated

Dhwani Shah



About the Installation

Vitiligo (or leucoderma) is an autoimmune skin disorder that causes gradual loss of ‘melanin’- a pigment that gives our skin its colour, resulting in irregular white patches all over the body. It affects about 1-2% of the population worldwide and is perceived to be disfiguring. In India, it is commonly known as ‘kod’ or ‘safed daag’ while the ancient texts refer to it as ‘shweta kushta’ meaning white leprosy. While the condition is not contagious or life threatening, people with Vitiligo have little control over the external appearance of their bodies and it affects them deeply at a psychological level.

The installation titled ‘Variegated’ meaning ‘exhibiting different colours, especially as irregular patches or streaks’ shares the human experience of having Vitiligo while looking at a few similar phenomena in nature. It is an attempt to investigate the sensibilities surrounding our appearances by exploring and expressing who we are and how we see ourselves.

About the Artist

Dhwani Shah is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator from Mumbai. Her key areas of interests include Publication design, Sequential Narratives, Lettering and Typography. She graduated from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
e. dhwani.s12@gmail.com

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Lee Thomas, Anchor/Entertainment Reporter on Fox Detroit and Author of Turning White speaks about Vitiligo at Tedx Detroit.

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Divya Karnad & Waylon DSouza : Lighting the Way

Divya Karnad & Waylon DSouza

Lighting the Way


About the Installation

The perfect painting of the olive ridley sea turtle's life would be set against the backdrop of a dark, uninhabited beach. Light, in a sea turtle's life, brings both direction and chaos. Beach front lighting helps night owls party, but for baby sea turtles, it is the kiss of death. Artificial lighting on beaches attracts freshly hatched sea turtle hatchlings towards them, causing them to head in the opposite direction away from the sea, leading them to their death.

Lighting the Way is an interactive public installation meant to bring attention to the issue of sea turtle hatchling disorientation. Constructed in the form of a maze, the installation is meant to confuse and disorient visitors as they enter and navigate through it, through the use of mirrors, glass and light sources kept throughout the maze.

About the Artist/Scientist

Divya Karnad is a geographer and wildlife biologist, who worked with sea turtles for close to ten years. Her research on the types of light that affect the movements of olive ridley turtles in India was the first of its kind, and she has collaborated with various conservation groups to bring about turtle-friendly changes on India's beaches. She is also interested in larger issues that face marine life and is pursuing a PhD from Rutgers University, USA on the subject of sustainable fisheries. Her interest in marine ecology and conservation has led her to try and engage with the public in many ways, including newspaper articles and now, with Waylon D'Souza and team for SOL.
e. divya.karnad@rutgers.edu

Waylon James D’Souza is an artist & industrial designer currently doing lighting, interior and landscape design. He has dabbled in animation , permaculture, concept art and illustration. He has graduated from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and studied aquaponics at RMIT ,Melbourne. He involves himself in sustainable and conservation ventures, fuelled by his aptitude for design, curiosity and awe for science, and love for nature. His team for this installation: Apoorva Raina, Kalai Vani and Hyacinth Pinto, have been working meticulously on this concept.
e. waylon.j.dsouza@gmail.com

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Olive Ridley sea turtles are India's most ubiquitous beach babes. The females come ashore to nest along most of India's coastline and once they are done, their nests and the babies that hatch out are left to fend for themselves. Baby turtles cope with this rude entry into the world by relying on their instincts to survive. Their first instinct is to find the sea and their source of food, and they do this by looking for light.

A perfectly natural, dark beach has its own mercurial lighting - a silver toned sea, the dark land and white, foam-tipped waves. It is this light that beckons the baby turtle.But light, in a sea turtle's life, brings both direction and chaos. Beach front lighting helps night owls party, but my research shows that for baby sea turtles, it is the kiss of death. The little babies get mislead into following electric lights, ending up as road-kills, dying of starvation or becoming delicious little hors d'oeuvres for the real nightlife - feral dogs, birds and snakes.

Only small changes have to be made to make beaches turtle and human friendly. Our installation takes on the challenge of not only bring about awareness, but also bringing an actual emotional and sensory experience to a larger audience of different age groups and genres. We want people to experience what turtle hatchings experience and most importantly to facilitate in the implementation of tangible solutions, responsible lifestyles, planning and designing of coastal ‘development ‘ and tourism to nullify the ill-effects of light pollution, which affects the earths ecosystem on a macro level. We will highlight these solutions at the end of our installation.

You can read more about turtles and light at:

Dilnaaz Mehta & Shrinivas Ananthanarayanan : Light and String

Dilnaaz Mehta & Shrinivas Ananthanarayanan

Light and String


About the Installation

'Light and String' showcases the role of light in building intricate networks in our cosmos:
- The intricate network created by firing neurons and synapses in the human brain
- The intricate network of the internet
- The network of dark matter and matter in the cosmos.

We all are connected to everything else, in ways that we could not have imagined. Using this installation the artists intend to showcase these connections. The installation encourages visitors to add additional strings when navigating the existing space. Each string then signifies one’s own timeline and by drawing their own string across the space however they chose, visitors leave a mark in this space, just as they do in the Universe.

About the Artists

Dilnaaz believes in experiencing the numerous hues of life and it's kaleidoscopic patterns, with imagination and creativity. She seeks to infuse her sense of aesthetic, emotion and vibrancy in her imagery and art. She looks at the world as an infinite source of inspiration. Her art seeks to reveal the synergy between man, nature and the universe.

Experimentation and collaboration are what Shrini believes in. The point of intersection of various media, as with people, is his cauldron of inspiration. He is a Designer, Thinker and traveller with a bias towards the mountains and wilderness.

e. lightandstring@gmail.com

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The Human Brain: Each time information is assimilated and processed and passed on through the firing neurons and synapses, energy is created and realised. When we study the brain using our instruments the the neurons look like pulses of light. According to a recent study, the human brain can be visualised as a complex interacting network that relies on nodes to efficiently convey information from place to place. Not unlike how the internet currently works.

The Internet: With the advancement of technology, a huge amount of information is traveling from one place to another largely through fibre optic cables that use light as a means of transmitting data. The Internet, and the intricate network it creates throughout the world, is one of the most advanced technological systems in the world.While it might currently sound farfetched, there are some who believe the internet is poised to become the Global Brain. See the Global Brain Initiative.

Dark Matter: The findings of Richard Massey and Nick Scoville have allowed us to create a 3D map of the large scale distribution of a section of the observable space. The map provides the best evidence yet that normal matter, largely in the form of galaxies, accumulates along the densest concentrations of dark matter. The map reveals a loose network of filaments that grew over time and intersect in massive structures at the locations of clusters of galaxies.

UC San Diego News Center describes how Dmitri Krioukov et al. have discovered that the cosmos and the galaxies within it grow much like the network of neurons in the brain or complex networks like the internet.  This may not be visually evident as most of the “scaffolding” on which matter clusters around is made of “Dark Matter”

Elemental Poets : Elementals

Elemental Poets



About the Performance

Elemental is a unique exploration of science, mind and the infinite universe showcased under the spectacular dome theatre of the planetarium. Poets, musicians, sound and video artists – and world-renowned science writer John Gribbin – have collaborated to present the world of the most literary, dazzling and passionate stars.

For centuries, poets have looked to the skies and attempted to scribble meaning into the galaxies. The novelist Peter de Vries once wrote, ‘The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination, but the combination is locked up in the safe.’ What if we had a key, even if only for a moment? What if we could measure, in words, what we have only imagined? Einstein took the view, ‘the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.’ What if he is right?

The artists involved in this show explore four different theories of the beginnings of the universe: The Big Bang, The Theory of Everything, Dark Matter and M Theory. Are these the lost poetic lectures of the beginning of time? The show has many exciting components: Legendary UK experimental musicians Nurse with Wound’s work is based on the theory that the resonant frequency of the Big Bang was F#. Sean M Whelan, Emilie Zoey Baker, Alicia Sometimes and UK based Ryan Van Winkle are writing for the stars. Guest animations by Drew Berry, Ai Yamamoto, Alex Scott and Chris Nelms. Nat Bates adds extra sound. Andrew Watson will perform live music in the dome. Science, poetry and music all under the one roof. This has been a sell out show in Australia and is traveling in 2015.

Trailer for Elementals
Elementals Facebook Page

About the Artists

Artistic Director and co-writer of Elemental, Alicia Sometimes, is an Australian writer, poet, broadcaster and musician. She was editor of the national literary journal Going Down Swinging for seven years. She was the host of 3RRR’s writing and spoken word show Aural Text for fourteen years and is a still a regular guest on ABC 774, 3RRR and Radio National. Alicia has appeared on ABC TV's Sunday Arts, ABC News Breakfast and has been in Best Australian Poems twice. She has performed her spoken word at many venues, festivals and events around the world, with an extensive tour of Canada featuring at the Festival Voix d'Amériques in Montreal, the Auckland Readers and Writers Festival, the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival and performances in the UK and Germany. Alicia has two poetry collections, kissing the curve and Soundtrack. She is a science nut.

e. asometimes@optusnet.com.au

Andrew Watson is a Melbourne-based violinist, guitarist, composer, producer, photographer and video artist.

Philemon is the solo project of Leah Avene, an artist born in the small pacific nation of Tuvalu and raised on the south coast of Australia. Philemon has become a unique blend of Celtic and Polynesian heritage. Philemon is a singer/ songwriter/ multi instrumentalist from Melbourne who weaves electric guitar with haunting vocals in her own brand of dark folk. After a one year artist residency in 2013 Philemon, who writes on piano, cello and guitar, has found her niche with a Gibson Les Paul and a Strymon pedal.

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Flames : An Explosion of Light


An Explosion of Light


About the Performance

Flames will be bringing forth two performances of fire and light spinning and juggling. Discoveries of Fire: Our Story begins with the discovery of fire by man. He starts to play with it, its power, and grows in courage as he makes use of it. Then steady fire, flameless, multicoloured, cold fire appears. It is the conversion to modernity, electricity, industrialism, growing uniformity. But something has been lost, the life that created that primeval fire... As cold fire, begins to flicker off, a new flame appears: it is the rediscovery of the innocent flame, the child's soul within. The Fires are lit once more and brought to life.

And there was Light is a fable of evolution. Blending myth with science, tells a story of the Creation of our Universe: At first there was nothing perhaps or everything all in One. From that void, that vacancy a wish emerged, a desire to manifest, to play, an aching urge to create, and revel in the creation. The intent grew for the All desired to know itself in all its forms. An explosion of Light, of Life appeared; chaotic, warlike, too powerful and ravenous, it spun, it grew, it devoured and it fell. From the ashes of the first universe was born a second, ordered and precise, perfect as a crystal, cold as a diamond. It could not grow. From its coldness withered and it too perished.

From spacelessness and timelessness, a universe rose once more. This time combining Life and Law, in a single whole: Elements dance and stars are formed, sparkling across the empty sky. Planets gather around the brightness of a sun. Matter organises itself, Life grows, and Mind descends and begins to settle. The time of man has come. He thrives a while, and then... what next?

About the Artist

FLAMES is a group of young fire spinners, jugglers and breathers from Auroville, Tamil Nadu. The ten teenage performers, write and choreograph all their performances since 2013. The group is mentored Aurevan, a child of Auroville, a growing storyteller. It is accompanied by a DJ, brimming with joy and laughter. Very different from eachother, the group is brought together and bound by the love of FIRE:

To begin to meet them, below are a few of their words:
- “I like working with fire because it makes me feel big and strong but at the same time it makes me feel free, open and happy.”
- “I started fire juggling four or five years back... It was at that time a sport for me, slowly we began growing as a group and put together a small performance, there was a new me I found that day. The experience was unique, for fire had become my friend, myself.”
- “Each time I light my stick and it slowly lights into a big flame, I feel accomplished. It is as if fire completes my being. It is a joy that one cannot get by simply staring at a candle, but it is when you control fire's movements that it controls your heart. The warmth is not just physical, but it fills your body from the inside too. For that feeling of being a part of the flame, I would give anything for it.”
- “This long time of being with fire seems short. It has still not taught me all of its magic, but enough to be its disciple.”
- “Fire is a brush, you the hand, paint on the surface of the earth, all you need is your heart.”

e. aurevan@auroville.org.in

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Fire is a vibrant form of light. It has been a great tool in building early society. But what exactly is fire?

Flora Barros & Samira Marana : Stimuli

Flora Barros & Samira Marana



About the Performance

“Reality never exists. It is always a point of view, a conditioned look”
(Paulo César Lopes, in Window of Soul”)

Stimuli invites the audience to enter a dark chamber and experience a dance performance in an unconventional and surprising way. Considering that our experience is limited by our senses and constructed internally as a representation of the world, Stimuli is a research about the connection of the individuals with the environment that surrounds them. Using senses other than vision, the two dancers deepen their spatial and sensorial capacity to enter a new dimension of movement and awareness of their counterpart.

About the Artists

Flora Barros and Samira Marana are contemporary dancers from São Paulo, Brazil.

Flora is a graduate in dance theatre from Trinity Laban, in London. Fascinated by different approaches to dance, Flora is interested in the fusion of different cultures and artistic expressions as well as the linkages between dance and social projects. Focused in choreography, she has had the opportunity to perform her own works in U.K., Denmark, Italy and Brasil.
e. flora.c.barros@gmail.com

Samira is a graduate in contemporary dance from the University of Campinas, Brazil and the Bertazzo’s movement re-education method. She researchs the South African dance Gumboot and is a member of the Gumboot Dance Brasil, from São Paulo. She is also a student of Indian classical dance Kathak and Barathnatyan.
e. samira.marana@gmail.com

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Gene Kogan & Alec Schachner : Starstomp / Contact

Gene Kogan & Alec Schachner

Starstomp / Contact


About the Installation

Starstomp is an immersive interactive audiovisual environment that takes you into the stars. The audience is invited into a space where their every movement generates light and sound, creating a dreamscape of our cosmos.

About the Artists

Gene Kogan is an artist and programmer based in New York City. He writes software for the performing arts and researches the application of emerging technology for creative expression across a variety of contexts including live music, theatre, and dance.
e. kogan.gene@gmail.com

Alec Schachner is an experimental multi-genre musician, performance artist, and independent researcher and translator. He currently resides in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where he has been living and working for the past five and a half years.
e. ags2110@gmail.com

Henna Khan : Solar-Ed & Spectrum of Light

Henna Khan

Solar-Ed & Spectrum of Light

About Henna Khan, Universe Simplified

At Universe Simplified, Henna Khan inspires children into Science and Astronomy through hands-on activity based workshops. She strives to spark children’s curiosity and make education fun and engaging.

She was the chief curator and coordinator of all the children and teenager workshops at The Story of Light festival.

e. khan.henna@gmail.com

About the Workshop, Solar-Ed


In this hands-on workshop, children learn about solar energy and make a solar panel and a solar car.

About the Workshop, The Spectrum of Light


In this hands-on workshop, children will learn about the entire spectrum of light through various activities such as making a burglar alarm using IR light, seeing and hearing IR light and making a CD Spectroscope.

Ishac Bertran & Jonathan Wohl : Talking

Ishac Bertran & Jonathan Wohl



About the Installation

The process of visual perception is most often taken for granted — we use our eyes and brains to make sense of the world as naturally as we use our lungs to breathe. But behind the scenes, our bodies and minds are performing an intricate and complex series of tasks, taking in light as input, translating that input to meaning based on our physiology and experience, and making conscious or unconscious decisions about how to act on the received information.

Talking is an interactive installation that aims to open a window onto this fascinating process, allowing visitors to learn about and experiment with concepts of perception. We isolate three conceptual stages of the human perceptual process — Sensing, Interpreting, and Reacting — and model each stage in a pair of simple computing devices that communicate solely via the visual sense. At each of the three stations, audience members will view and interact with a simple conversation that illustrates one of the isolated stages.

About the Artist

Ishac Bertran is a designer and artist from Barcelona, currently living in New York. His work revolves around the relationship between people and technology. As a designer, Ishac specializes in envisioning and prototyping future scenarios that often involve emerging technologies. Through art he investigates the aesthetics of nature, physics and computation. In the recent years he invented a tool for children to create stop-motion animation, experimented with combinations of digital and analog photography and published a poetry book written with code.
e. ishacbertran@gmail.com

Jonathan Wohl is an artist and programmer from Wisconsin, currently living in New York City. With a varied background in woodworking, music and sound design, and the natural sciences, his work has taken many forms, often combining familiar materials with new technologies. He has built musical instruments and gas-powered sculptures, collaborated with dancers and filmmakers, and created politically-themed video games. Jonathan is a founding member of The Notion Collective, a group of collaborating artists based in Brooklyn, NY, and is currently working with the Sustainable Engineering Lab at Columbia University.
e. jon@jonwohl.com

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“... that’s why we have a brain, is to predict the future, to anticipate the consequences of our actions and inactions ...” - Ray Kurzweil

What does it mean to “see?” Clearly it is more than simply light at work; a stone may receive the same light as our eye, but we do not say that the stone “sees”. To see implies not only the sensing of light, but the interpretation of that light into meaning, and ultimately the triggering of a reaction — in short, the act of seeing implies a conscious observer.

With the rapid advancement of computational power, basic yet powerful forms of intelligence are becoming commonplace — speech recognition and face detection systems are now built into inexpensive smart phones, for example. These systems are designed after our minds, sensing input and detecting patterns, making predictions based on the patterns they’ve deciphered, and acting on these predictions. As our understanding of our own brains’ “thinking mechanism” improves, so too will our ability to replicate its function in computers. And as our machines evolve to encompass a greater capacity for thinking, so too will our philosophical understanding of what it means to see, to be conscious.

Ivan Lucas : 360 Hands

Ivan Lucas

360 Hands


About the Performance

The Story of Light can be seen from many different points of view, Science, Art, Philosophy. During 1 month of Artist Residency before the festival, Ivan Lucas has been capturing the light from the different projects, artists and scientist. Looking for the poetry behind each of the perspectives. And reflecting it through his colors.

This visual document is formed by hundreds of small hexagonal pieces composing a documentary hive of the Light. This piece will be the path for a live performance going through the poetry and the colors of the Story of the Light.

About the Artist

Ivan Lucas an engineer by profession and an artist deep inside his heart. Traveling through the lines of Asia far from Spain for 3 years now, working and exploring to combine traditional art, modern technology and presenting it through his unique visual language.

e. ivanlucas@gmail.com

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Everything in this reality can be seen from infinite points of view.
Choosing the light side or the dark side, Its just a matter of choice. Through this project, the artist is showing the subject of the inspiration from multiple points of view, creating a composition with all the perspectives in one single piece. If cubist artist create one composition with several perspectives in one piece of canvas, Ivan Lucas create a composition of different perspectives in a cubist hexagonal hive.
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Jaden Hastings & Melanie King : Photopoesis

Jaden Hastings & Melanie King



About the Installation

The World's largest cyanotype was created during the festival with participants lying atop the print. Through this project, the artists explored the beauty of creating visual poetry with light and dwelled upon humanity’s relationship with the universe.

About the Artists

Jaden Hastings' work is primarily focused upon the intersection and interplay of art and science philosophically, as well as practically, combining scientific and artistic research into a single practice. She is an alumna of New York University, Harvard University and the University of Oxford (New College) with advanced degrees in both Biology and Bioinformatics, respectively. In 2014, J.J. completed the MA (Fine Art) in Art & Science at Central Saint Martins in London. Ms. Hastings’ work is exhibited at public-facing venues such as the Science Museum in London and the London Science Festival, as well as notable galleries in the UK and USA.
e. casseopeia7@gmail.com

Melanie King is primarily an artist whose research is heavily influenced by scientific theory. She is an alumna of Central Saint Martins in Fine Art (MA Art & Science) and Leeds College of Art (BA Fine Art). Melanie regularly curates and organises events around London on the subjects of astronomy and analogue photography. Her work has been exhibited widely, including the Edinburgh Science Festival and Manchester Science Festival, has participated in various artist residencies internationally, and has taught numerous alternative photography workshops around the UK.
e. melaniekk88@gmail.com

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The word ‘blueprint’ is overused today, but it’s etymology is sadly unknown. The original blueprint is the cyanotype, a photograph made by a 170 year old photographic printing process that produces the prints in a distinctive dark greenish blue. The word Cyan comes from Greek, meaning ‘dark blue substance’.

The process was invented by Sir John Herschel, a brilliant astronomer and scientist, in 1842, after which a family friend of his, a botanist named Anna Atkins used the cyanotype printing process in 1843 to create an album of algae specimens.

With their luscious, dreamy blue tint, these hauntingly beautiful prints are relatively easy to make and quite inexpensive, needing little equipment.

Jayalakshmi Eshwar & BLOT! : Antariksha Sanchaar

Jayalakshmi Eshwar & BLOT!

Antariksha Sanchaar

BLOT Antariksha Sanchar

About the Performance

Sound and video artists BLOT! collaborate with Bharatnatyam exponent Jayalakshmi Eshwar and Quicksand GamesLab to produce a performance that will enquire into the universe that we are always present in but never experience from the outside.

About the Artists

Jayalakshmi Eshwar is an Internationally acclaimed Bharatanatyam exponent, Performer, Choreographer, Teacher and an Author with an experience of more than 5 decades of dance being a leading Bharatanatyam dancer of her generation.

BLOT! is an acronym and performance handle of the acclaimed Indian audiovisual collective - ‘Basic Love Of Things’. Since 2007, Blot! has been exploring various facets of electronic culture through AV performances, music production, film- making, art, design and installations.
e. avinash@quicksand.co.in

Kaushal Sapre & Midhun Mohan T : Heisenberg's Microscope

Kaushal Sapre & Midhun Mohan T

Heisenberg's Microscope

11Heisenberg's Microscope Study III

About the Installation

Heisenberg’s Microscope is an installation that inquires about the complexity of the nature of matter through a game of chess. Quantum mechanics talks in the language of probability or chance, and Heisenberg’s principle of uncertainty professes the existence of this ambiguity as an inherent part of nature itself. But how does this uncertainty matter?

Chess, a game that faithfully mirrors life, has three fixed outcomes - win, lose or a draw. But within these seemingly pre-determined outcomes, the chess pieces move in a unique way. In fact, the estimated total number of unique chess games that can be played is 10^120, while the estimated total number of atoms in the universe is only 10^81. While playing a game of chess, you and your opponent collectively choose one unique event from 10^120 others. In this installation, a complete game of chess is observed and recorded in a single image using light as a medium. This parallel between possibilities in chess and probability in matter is what this work aims to exploit, and in the process, it gives the view a peek into the colossal complexity of the universe.

About the Artists

Kaushal Sapre is an artist based in Goa. He holds a masters in physics and a bachelors in chemical engineering from BITS Pilani Goa Campus. His background in science and technology offers him a unique point of view in dealing with art.
e. kaushalsapre@gmail.com

Midhun Mohan is an artist and an animator. Midhun works in diverse media, from ink on paper to new media, digital and animation. His recent work is being shown in ‘Janela’, a collateral exhibition with the Kochi Muzuris Biennale.
e. animid85@gmail.com

Midhun and Kaushal share a studio in Panjim, Goa.

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The uncertainty principle and its repercussions sparked a massive debate on the philosophy of physics and matter, between the Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr, the two stalwarts of modern physics. The idea that nature has an inherent element of uncertainty was not palatable to Einstein, who described it with the now famous words - ‘God does not play dice with the universe.’ Bohr and Einstein remained at an intellectual deadlock for the rest of their lives. At the same time, they greatly respected and admired each other. Bohr wrote an account of his debates with Einstein in ‘Discussions with Einstein on Epistemological Problems in Atomic Physics’. It is a marvellous read that opens one’s eyes to the ramifications of uncertainty.

And here's a fun video on philosophy and physics.

Kunal Edwankar & Co. : Guerrilla Lighting

Kunal Edwankar & Co.

Guerrilla Lighting


About the Performance

Guerrilla lighting is a war on bad lighting, it is a pop-up protest against wasteful use of light, but most of all, it is about having fun and raising the awareness of the power of light. Watch the Guerrilla's light up Panjim's poorly lit spaces.

About the Team

The team comprises of like-minded people with different core competencies: architects, graphic designers, lighting designers, photographers, cinematographers, landscape architects, fine artists, sculptors, lighting designers, electrical engineers, interior designers, and town planners.

Madhullika S : Story of Light: A Spectacle

Madhullika S

Story of Light: A Spectacle


About the Installation

'Story of Light: A Spectacle' creates a sublime experience at the interface of art, science and the story of light in the context of human civilization. The public installation is a live kaleidoscope that people will walk into to experience the story of light from the perspective of the human civilization. The story will be told from the anthropological perspective of the story of humans, their celebrations, rituals and practices, habits and habitats, folklore etc.

The exhibit will engage and enthral the audience apart from creating an understanding of how the spectacle of human civilization has moved in space-time constructs. The public installation will be put in place using black lights and glow in the dark pigments. As the audience walks through the spectacle of the kaleidoscope, they form a connection between science, social issues, culture and life.

About the Artist

Madhulika is the founder and president of Adhya Educational Society, a non-profit engaged in developing innovative pedagogy. She has a PhD in Molecular and Environmental Plant Science followed by a Master’s with triple emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction, Social and Leadership development from Texas A &M University, College Station, Texas. Her innovation in English learning using local language, culture and way of life has been listed among top 10 innovations in Asia and Africa in Secondary Education (Results for Development Institute, Washington D.C., supported by Rockefeller Foundation). Madhu has been a TEDx IIM Ranchi speaker on “Teaching with a difference" and TEDx IIT BHU speaker on “Arts based learning". Madhu has designed and implemented Science education programs for 25,000 children in Hyderabad integrating arts based learning with Science and Mathematics.  The focus of her innovation is on the importance of education for human development with perspectives on transforming self, ideas and surroundings, and creating interdependence through an understanding of the connected world using Arts based learning.
e. madhu@adhya.org

At The Story of Light Festival, Madhulika also conducted a workshop on "Using Art in Science Education" for about 30 local teachers.

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Across cultures, right from the dawn of human sentience, we have been fascinated and awed by light. It has fuelled our evolutionary process and plays a huge role in our visual perception. This four part series by the BBC sheds some light on the matter:

Margarita Safonova & Sreejith AG : High Altitude Science

Margarita Safonova & Sreejith AG

High Altitude Science


About the Workshop

High­ altitude balloons are unmanned balloons, usually filled with helium or hydrogen. In this hands-on workshop, teenagers will send a hydrogen balloon to a height of around 150 to 200 feet. The images from the camera on the balloon payload shall be relayed back in real time.

About the Scientists

Margarita Safonova was born in Russia. She received her MSc in Physics at Moscow State University, 1991, and a PhD in Astrophysics at University of Delhi, Dept. Physics & Astrophysics in 2002. Her broad interests are the application of gravitational lensing in astrophysics and cosmology and UV astronomy from space.
e. rita@iiap.res.in

Sreejith A G is a senior research fellow at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), working towards his PhD. He works on UV astronomy and Balloon experiments.
e. agsreejith@iiap.res.in

Matthew Daniels : Non-Duality

Matthew Daniels



About the Installation

“As fire is covered by smoke, as a mirror by dust and as the embryo is covered by the womb, so knowledge (edam) is covered by [desire] (kāma).” (Bhagavad Gita 3.38)

How can we perceive the unchanging in a world of changing forms?

This is the central problem addressed in the Bhagavad Gita, the most widely revered of Indian scriptures. The Gita elaborates a philosophy of advaita (“non-duality”) that unites all observable phenomena as an elaborate dance of forms and qualities supported by an unchanging substrate.

As in the shloka above, the Gita sets metaphors against one another to create an elaborate pattern of interference and superposition.

Light is often described as having a dual nature.

Sometimes it behaves as tiny packets of energy, which we call photons. At other times it behaves like a wave, whose vibration can be subtracted from itself (as in noise-cancelling headphones). These two ways of talking about light are are convenient when making certain kinds of calculations.

But these descriptions obscure something more fundamental: light is both, which is to say that it is neither. It is one.

Non-Duality lets visitors explore light’s wave nature through play. Spin its wheels to create a dazzling array of colourful laser patterns. A chamber filled with diffracted beams captures the variety and multiplicity of light’s manifestations—interfering and superimposing like the Gita’s metaphors—while hinting at its underlying unity.

(Please supervise children < 4 ft / 120 cm.)

About the Artist

Matt is a graphic designer, storyteller, teacher, writer, and mapmaker based in Mumbai. He runs the studio HNH!digital along with students from local community centres trained with a unique DTP curriculum. He studied physics and analytic philosophy at Harvard and vedanta in a Chinmaya Satsang.

e. matt@hnhdigital.com

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Imagine a tennis ball that would be in several different places at the same time. But when you try to locate it with measuring instruments, the quantum object is suddenly reduced to one spot. This means that electrons, atoms, molecules, and even photons (light particles), are small particles and waves, both at the same time! This is the basic property of the quantum world. This great site explains it.

Manimal Collective : New Light

Manimal Collective

New Light


About the Installation

New Light began with the idea of allowing a person to sense colours through different sensory perceptions. For example what would the colour Red sound like if it were a tune? Or the colour Blue if it were a conversation. It deals with putting users within various soundscapes that resonate with different colours in the visible spectrum. Once inside, the user can toggle between modes and colours, to listen the the whole spectrum of light ranging from red to blue.

About the Artists

Manimal Collective is Abrar Burk and Nikhil Nair. They enhance the process of story telling through platforms of digital, print and interactive media.
e. info@manimalcollective.com

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Different Colours have different frequencies. Our research led us to stumble upon a very interesting relation between the science of colour wavelengths & the human perception of the same. In the visible colour spectrum, Red has the lowest frequency & violet has the highest. Which means, once mapped, red would sound like a really low drone like buzz, whereas the blues & violets would be really high pitched sounds. However when it comes to human perception, red can have a physically stimulating effect on a person, whereas blues are often tranquillising in nature.

Miti Desai : Within and Without

Miti Desai

Within and Without


About the Performance

A Classical Indian Dance Performance: Movement Ignites!

The light deep inside the human body is explored through the medium of classical Indian dance,  resulting in a journey through movement; expanding, exploring and experiencing that, which is Within & Without. The dance expression is through the medium of Mohini Attam.

(Classical Dance form from Kerala – Southern India). It will take place on 18th January 2015 at Sunset at Miramar Beach.

About the Artist

Miti Desai is a designer & dancer. Communication through the external medium of design led Miti to an internal expression of body design, rediscovering Classical Indian Dance. Indian Dance has been the key to her return to her cultural roots, symbols and world-view resulting in an innate understanding of culture and aesthetics and its influence and inspiration in DESIGN & in the becoming of a DESIGNER.

Miti is the founder and creative Head of Miti Design Lab, an interdisciplinary design space. Miti Design lab exists as an Intellectual and Physical Space engaging in different Dimensions. Communication Design, Education Design, Movement Design, Business Design, Social Design, and then the formless - Thought Design - are the dimensions in which MDL dwells in. These are parts of a whole manifesting in different forms, all dependent, interdependent and independent at once. For Miti, through all of the above, the constant strive is to engage in bringing the sense of design into ones own body and life on the one hand, and towards extending it to the environment and society on the other.

e. miti@mitidesignlab.com

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Classical Indian dance at once engages in philosophy,spirituality and aesthetics. It by itself is devised and designed in a way that it facilitates an inward journey and the practice of it gives immense energy, penetrating into the inner light.

About MOHINATTAM: There are seven different classical dance styles that the Indian tradition offers. Each one comes from a different state in India, with a different geometry of movement, costume, jewelry and even music; yet the principles and values are the same in all. Mohiniattam is one such form. It is a gentle and lyrical classical dance style from Kerala. Its swinging and swaying movements are reminiscent of the swaying palm trees and the undulating backwaters of Kerala. Its rich mimetic technique beautifully offsets its simple pure dance movements. Together they create a dance that enchants.

National Institute of Design (NID) : The Story of Light Interim

National Institute of Design (NID)

The Story of Light Interim

About the Artist

The National Institute of Design (NID) is internationally acclaimed as one of the finest educational institutions in design. Three projects resulted from a Story of Light interim class conducted by three faculty members, Jignesh, Mayank, and Tanishka

About Lively Up Yourself

An interactive installation exploring the inseparable nature of light and colour. A series of suspended light pipes explore the scientific principles of scattering of light and light diffusion. The installation responds to touch, just as we transform each other through our interactions.

About Turning Heads

WP_20150116_032Flowers track the sun across the sky, trying to seek its warmth. This installation mimics the Artic Poppy found only in the harsh, Arctic conditions of the northernmost parts of Scandinavia as it tracks the direction of light. Visitors can interact with the flowers by playing with the light and shadow falling on them.

About Shaping Sight

Playing with light and shadow has been an integral part to photography to bring out different expressions and feel to the subject. Light is an important element to understand how things appear. In this installation, take a selfie with light illuminating your face from different directions, revealing newer perspectives.

Pedro Russo : The Hidden Story of Shadows and Science

Pedro Russo

The Hidden Story of Shadows and Science


About the Talk

This talk (and DIY workshop) will explore the hidden world of shadows and its important for the understanding of our universe. In this unique talk we will explore sizes, shapes, distances and the the structure of our own Cosmos while combining science, history and anthropology.

About the Scientist / Educator

Pedro Russo is presently the International Project Manager of Universe Awareness educational programme. He is passionately committed to using astronomy as an educational tool. Pedro is Chair of the Schools and Children Task Force of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Astronomy for Development programme and Vice President of Commission Communicating Astronomy with the Public of the International Astronomical Union. Until 2010 he was the global coordinator for the largest network ever in Science Outreach, the International Year of Astronomy 2009. Pedro coordinated the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of the global IYA2009 activities, projects and events. He was also responsible for the communication between the thousands of stakeholders of the project, including projects and national chairs, astronomy community, media and society with respect to all global IYA2009 issues.
e. russo@strw.leidenuniv.nl

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Dr. Pramod Pathak : Solar Energy & Solar Water Disinfection

Dr. Pramod Pathak

Solar Energy & Solar Water Disinfection


About the Talk

Solar energy is one of the most powerful, readily available resources in our planet. There are myriad applications in our daily lives in which we can use light from the sun, such as cooking, drying clothes, powering water heaters, and even powering a high-definition television. This talk educates you about solar energy and how it can be used for solar water disinfection.

About the Scientist

Dr. Pramod Pathak is M.Tech (Chemical) from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, and Ph.D. in the Vedic Literature from Mumbai University.He has more than two decades of experience in R & D and production in Chemical Industry. Based on his professional experience he has authored a book and many articles on the management topics.

e. drpvpathak@yahoo.co.in

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Punith N & Sruti Visweswaran (CEMA, Srishti) : Light Years

Punith N & Sruti Visweswaran (CEMA, Srishti)

Light Years


About the Installation

Light Years looks at modern memory by artificially fossilizing artefacts in a kinetic sculpture curated by light. The curation process uses natural light to solidify light-sensitive resin, directed to the sculpture using mirrors. The work invokes in form and process the dual nature of lights as we understand it – one which we make, the artificial, and the other which makes everything around us.

About the Artists

The Center for Experimental Media Arts (CEMA) program at Srishti offers a stimulating environment where practices often dialogue across disciplines. Through tutorials, group discussions, symposiums, exhibitions and workshops the EMA students are expected to engage in exchange of ideas and skills with a wider community of practitioners.

Sruti and Punith are students at CEMA.

e. sruti.visweswaran@gmail.com, punith.on@gmail.com

Ragini Bhow & Treeya Brooks : Wavelength

Ragini Bhow & Treeya Brooks


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About the Installation

A series of installations on Miramar beach and its waters, Wavelength allows the visitor to act as an observer in contemplation of the present moment with light as the natural demarcation of time. In sunlight, the installation’s incorporation of mirror panels and iridescent material quietly makes use of specular reflection as a participant encounters their own reflected image against the landscapes

About the Artists

Ragini Bhow and Treeya Brooks are artists interested in terrestrial experience, natural phenomena, immersive environments, and the 'synthetic sublime'.
e. raginibhow@gmail.com

Rafaella Las & Dan Scotti : Cosmic Fingerprint

Rafaella Las & Dan Scotti

Cosmic Fingerprint

Pyramid of Panjim
What the Inside Looked Like

About the Installation

Since the first radio broadcast in the 1890s, human broadcast signals have been escaping the Earth, traveling at the speed of light out into interstellar space. All broadcasting equipment is based on the use of different types of light, producing different frequencies across the electromagnetic spectrum. These light waves exist throughout the known universe but here on Earth, we utilize them in the transmission of data most commonly in the form of Radio and Television.

Each person will experience the installation by climbing atop a pyramid and viewing a short film entombed within the structure. The film is a collection of footage that the artists have curated based on the progression of broadcast technology and our worldwide and personal utilization of these tools. The significance of the pyramid is drawn from the fact that the signals we transmit will outlive all of us; the creators of the content, and may possibly be the last remaining artifact of our existence.


Cosmic Fingerprint is a visual representation of light signals, and to help the viewer rethink and answer the question: What would we think if our only glimpse into human life on Earth is based on the content of Radio and Television broadcasts?

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About the Artists

Rafi is a filmmaker who has a passion for design-- from film sets to public spaces, installation art, Earthships, graphic art and even characters for an animated show. She is fascinated with utilizing the language of cinema in the creation of things that do not exist in the world, and to show the viewer different ways to see, ways to think and ways to experience the spaces we inhabit.

e. el.rafaella@gmail.com

Dan Scotti is a film & video producer, with experience in all key stages of production. He specialises in cinematography and editing, and a solid foundation in all aspects of the filmmaking process. With an emphasis on professional level practice and implementation of advanced film theory, he tells stories with a unique and dynamic viewing experience.

e. scotti.danielj@gmail.com

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Ritika Karnani : Wait A Minute

Ritika Karnani

Wait A Minute


About the Installation

Sun - our only natural source of light has been the basis of designing the modern system of time. The concept of time helps us as human being to quantify our existence on this planet. That is the only system that is followed in unison by every single human being on this planet. Weather you are a part of the world run by machines or a tribe living in the remote jungles of Africa, the system of time is based on the earths movement around the sun, light and shadow, day and night. This system of time was designed by the Egyptians, babylonians, Mayans and sumerians after studying the sun and the movement of the celestial bodies.

It is light that gives us the perception of time passing at the same rate for us all even though our experience may differ.

Wait a Minute is an immersive experience that allows the audience to experience the passing of time by isolating each of their sense and compare it to the accuracy of sight.

About the Artist

Born and raised in the busy city of Bombay, Ritika has just moved back after completing her MA at the Royal College of Arts. She is now working as a concept designer for GM modular. She studied BA at the symbiosis institute of Design in Pune, India (2009). She then worked for 2 years in the field of street furniture design and packaging.

As a designer Ritika likes to delve into interactions between people and products in different cultural contexts. Ritika plays with objects, materials and concepts to construe how experiences and interactions could be enhanced. The focus of her projects has been about changing perceptions using unconventional materials and context.

e. contact@ritika.me

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Why is a minute divided into 60 seconds, an hour into 60 minutes, yet there are only 24 hours in a day?

Sachin Pillai & Nikunj Patel : Infinity

Sachin Pillai & Nikunj Patel



About the Installation

Using a simple feedback loop with projection and cameras, this audiovisual installation allows you to look within yourself, infinitely. Metaphysically speaking, the concept of this installation  is to depict through the use of light, the relationship between cause and effect as a universal law. Everything generated by the installation follows the law of fractal or ‘sacred’ geometry in varying permutations. The aim of this collaboration is to allow for the viewer to experience a connection between those two laws through a tangible, visible and repercussive view of their actions. Thematically, the installation aims to focus on interactive or participatory stimulus which is created by the viewers in conjunction with the setup to demonstrate infinite repercussions in the form of the resultant fractal imagery. In addition, a sonic layer of input interpreted in visual signals, acts as the primary enzyme in creating these complex geometric patterns.

With this tangible and playful demonstration of the cause-effect relationship, Infinity aims to draw individuals to focus on their potential as creators of their own existences, and challenges them to adopt a view of themselves as limitless, infinite, light-beings - on the leading edge of creation and thus continuously contributing to the constant expansion of the universe.

About the Artists

Sachin Pillai’s films are best described as fragile in terms of shot taking as he likes to look for moments that punctuate states of the mind in cinematic form, frequently interspersing graphics with live action, always derived from reality. He has been visually exploring forms other than cinema which are either self generative or reflections of micro and macrocosms as the underlying themes for his current work. He is a creator to watch out for, but what’s truly unique about his work is the way it presents a bustling urban Indian cultural space. Pillai’s interpretations are devoid of clichés and stray away from the overwrought, exoticised ‘Indian’ imagery that we’re so used to seeing. What he presents, and represents, is a real, contemporary modern condition, normally ignored by mainstream Indian media. To put it simply, his work is a symptom of an evolving, exciting future in contemporary Indian culture.

e. pillai.s.sachin@gmail.com

Nikunj Patel is a graphic and motion designer, who studied Animation at the National Institute of Design (NID). Nikunj has been creating art for the indie music space in India for the last year and a half. As someone who dabbles in music production himself, his aesthetic and aural sensibilities link closely together allowing for seamless representations that are tastefully, contextually and artistically put together.

e. nikunj2799@gmail.com

Sayantan Maitra Boka : Illusion in Motion

Sayantan Maitra Boka

Illusion in Motion


About the Installation

Optical illusions are fascinating and also teach us about our visual perception, and its limitations. Illusion in Motion emphasizes on the beauty of perceptual phenomena with interactive experiment.

About the Artist

"Boka" was born in Kolkata and lives and works in Delhi, where he surdied at the School of Planning and Architecture. A designer and architect by training, he has been working in the art field predominantly as curator and show designer. He is also interested in new media art and interactive design.

e. illusioninmotion@gmail.com

Sharath Chandra Ram : Traffic

Sharath Chandra Ram



About the Installation

'Traffic' captures human orchestrations occurring in the spectrum of invisible light, intercepting maritime and air-traffic broadcasts as a sound installation along with a visualization of air traffic entering Goan airspace, by decoding aircraft wireless transponder data in realtime.

Traffic explores the politics of invisible light in the electromagnetic radio frequency spectrum. It is part of an on-going project, Rain Boron, that draws parallels between time synchronized & orchestrated modes of wireless transmissions
employed by the human species using the medium of invisible light & that of natural occurring transmissions of celestial events.

About the Artist

Sharath graduated from the University of Edinburgh specializing in Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Virtual Environments. He is Faculty at The Centre for Experimental Media Arts, at the Srishti School of Art Design and Technology where he extends his practice and teaching in the fields of Transmission Art, Information Sciences, Network Cultures, Multimodal Cognition and Interaction Design. He also engages with the opensource community at the Centre for Intenet and Society where he explores Open Spectrum , Open Hardware and Open Science with research interests in ICT4D, Telecom Policy, Cyber Security and Intellectual Property Law.
e. looplogic@gmail.com

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Silvia Verdolini & Manuel Scortichini : Light in Reflection

Silvia Verdolini & Manuel Scortichini

Light in Reflection


About the Installation

Light in Reflection is a game where light coming from few spotlights can be “transported” by multiple reflections off rotating mirrors. When light reaches the target, it reflects out of the installation in a rainbow of colors. Inspired by the words of the famous Italian physicist Galileo Galilei: “the book of nature is written with geometrical characters”, the artists have built the installation based on the golden spiral shape. Besides having a suggestive mathematical formulation, the golden spiral can be found in nature in the most diverse situations: from the structure of a shell, to the patterns created by the seeds of a sunflower up to the vast galaxies arms.

This science-art duo would like to convey that there are always many paths to reach the same goal or state of mind even if starting from similar locations and situations. Like the many light paths crossing and intersecting, our lives cross and intersect, creating a better world where diversity enriches us

About the Scientist & Artist

Silvia Verdolini is a post-doctoral researcher in Astronomy. She studies the role and the properties of interstellar bubbles in the near and far universe, and done some work on planet formation. Over the years, she has contributed and collaborated on a number of outreach events and children activities, trying to convey the beauty of physics through the vastness of our cosmos. Someone says that people’s identity is determined by what they love: so Silvia is not just astronomy, but also a good book, a glass of wine, the smell coming from a kitchen and long walks.

e. silvia.verdolini@gmail.com

Manuel Scortichini is a student of architecture  He works as a craftsman at the family-owned company. During this time he gathered experience as a gardener, carpenter, and bricklayer. He has a passion for interior design of recycled objects. In particular he likes to make use of forgotten objects reshaping them into new forms and to reinvent materials into handy pieces of furniture.  He takes part of a newly growing political party in Italy, he has fought corruption and worked towards a more environment-friendly politics.

e. manuel.scortichini@gmail.com

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We explore the wave-particle duality nature of light. Light is emitted and absorbed in tiny "packets” called photons. According to quantum physics, a photon is a quantum of light, or the smallest possible packet of light at a given wavelength. Photons, like any other elementary particle, exhibits the properties of not only particles, but also waves. This duality addresses the inability of the classical concepts "particle" or "wave" to fully describe the behavior of quantum-scale objects. A central concept of quantum mechanics is that the movement in space of elementary particles, such as electrons or photons, is described by a probability wave. We cannot know exactly where a particle is, but we know its most probable position. According to the experiment used, light shows either behavior: particle or wave. With the “Light in reflection” installation we show both behaviors.

Subodh Kerkar : Many Colours : One World

Subodh Kerkar

Many Colours : One World


About the Installation

Walk into a tunnel with red, blue and green lights to play with your shadow. What colour do you think it would be? Many Colours:One World celebrates both the unity and plurality of the world and can be interpreted at different levels.

About the Artist

Subodh Kerkar is an installation artist based in Goa. His work has been exhibited all over the world in prestigious places such as Saachi gallery, London; Canvas International Art festival, Amsterdam; Zitadel Spandau, Berlin; Jam Jar Gallery, Dubai and Kronen Gallery, Zurich.
e. kerkarart@gmail.com

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Tsuneo Sekiguchi : Panjim Rainbow Hut

Tsuneo Sekiguchi

Panjim Rainbow Hut


About the Installation

Rainbow-hut is a space where people can admire the magic of rainbow-light and relax, sit down, recovering from the confusion of the surrounding space. Rainbow Hut uses music, artistic tools and the energy of the colours generated inside the Rainbow-hut to carry out a research on how body and mind are affected by light and colours.

The Rainbow-hut wants to give birth to an empty space, a space of encounter. Through the excuse of the colored light coming into the hut, the rainbow-hut defines a space which didn't exist before and which is not codified by social-economical standard rules or by any predefined purpose. Different relationships and activities related to music and art take place in the hut but none of them is foreseen. They take place freely and spontaneously in this space of encounter.

About the Artist

Tsuneo Sekiguchi has been creating rainbow-huts with different size, shape and materials for more than 20 years and has been invited to expose his installations in some of the most important Japanese art events.

e. tsuneosekiguchi@hotmail.com

Giulia Moiraghi is a post-doctoral researcher in the sector of Philosophy and Art. She is a staff member at MART and has also authored a book on the influence of art in the thoughts of German Philosopher, Martin Heidegger. 

e. giuliamoiraghi@yahoo.it

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Viktor Furiani & Samvida Nanda : A Clockwork Blues

Viktor Furiani & Samvida Nanda

A Clockwork Blues


About the Workshop

"A Clockwork Blues” is an experimental storytelling project which cultivates light to bring life to a paper theatre book.

As we enter, the room is dark. The book opens by itself, revealing the first tableau of pop-ups gears, made from layered paper cut-outs. Then, the light runs on the paper, textures the shapes, fixes the décor. Tiny characters enter the scene, explore the gears. Now bright enough, the glowing sculpture blinks along the music, runs on the walls into organic spirals, bounces across space to caress the shadows of the audience...

This is the time to gather, to explore through the evening and the night, how to light a story… a Story of Light. In this workshop, we offer a participative experience across the fields of science, art, design and technology; with the purpose to create, share, and hybridise stories made of and about Light. The art process is illustrated with demonstrations and performances. It is open to all (ages 12+). Three activities run together during the workshop:
- Preparation of a 3D sculpture with Paper Art (Exploring Origami and Kirigami - working towards the Pop-Up Book).
- Projection Mapping on the 3D sculptures and VJing (how to create, apply and control a light design in real-time on a volume).
- Video Feedback (how to create an interactive light installation with video, and to perform with the light entity generated).
The result is a multi-modal art installation; which is intuitive, accessible, and reactive to its participants and environment.The Clockwork Blues Project regroups these different components and introduces the workshop as an open narrative system.

About the Artists

Samvida Nanda [born in 1989, India]. Samvida has dabbled in many mediums…oils, acrylics, water-colours…but her favourite kind of painting, is with light. She graduated from Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology (Bangalore, India) in 2011. There, after a 2-year foundation study in design, she specialised in Digital Video Production. In 2013, she completed a Short Summer Filmmaking Workshop at FAMU (Prague, Czech Republic).

She is currently working in Bombay, with Dev Benegal on his next feature film. Amongst other things, she loves cinematography, travelling, impressionist art, making origami birds, writing screenplays, and writing about herself in the third person.

e. samvida@gmail.com

Viktor Furiani [born in 1982, France]. Viktor is a Light Designer, Video Performer and Scenographer grown in Lyon, the very heart of cinematography and light design. Alongside studies in history, anthropology and sociology, he spends countless hours in photographic labs.

After several exhibitions, Viktor starts to animate the pictures. In the years following the new millennium, they become video. Most of the time projected. Most of the time interpreted in live, on a music performance, for a dance, for a tree, for a castle, for a cloud or a string of rain. Pictures and footage cover the subjects, become tinier and tinier, closer and closer to an organic skin made of light.

This medium, crossover of art installation and video performance, sometimes referred to as VJing or Visual-Jocking, allows Viktor to travel (a lot, and in adventurous conditions). In Europe, and in India, a backpack stuffed with several projectors and cameras becomes the daily load, and the pretext, to savour encounters, and cultural exchanges of visions and practices.

Lost (and found) at a camp in the middle of the Thar desert… Lost (and found) in the National Bank of Belgium… Lost (and found) in an underground bunker in East-Berlin… Lost (and found) at a fashion show in a luxury hotel in Mumbai… Lost (and found) at the stage of Norway's National Opera, then Lost (and found) in a field, far between rocks and sky.

In parallel with his artistic practises, Viktor organises workshops, art residencies, VJ-camps, courses (video performances and installation, scenography, light design, art process).

e. viktor.furiani@gmail.com

Vishal Rawlley : Star of Panjim

Vishal Rawlley

Star of Panjim


About the Installation

Augmenting the already-present beauty of the Panjim Church is a giant star. Call up the star and be quizzed on light. If you're right, watch the star light up! You can also record and leave a message for the public, which would be displayed on the project website.

The church was so impressed with the results, that it's now a permanent exhibit at Panjim Church.

About the Artist

Vishal Rawlley started his career as a storyboard artist for feature films, going on to make documentary films, while also practicing as a graphic designer and new-media artist. Working as a media-practitioner for over a decade, he is actively engaged in research and experimentation in areas of popular media and urban sub-culture. Vishal works under the banner of Bombay Arts.
e. vishal.rawlley@gmail.com

Zuri Camille De Souza & Kaspar Flueck : Floating Flower Garden

Zuri Camille De Souza & Kaspar Flueck

Floating Flower Garden


About the Installation

Floating Flower Garden is a plant-based system to purify the heavily polluted water of St.Inez Creek in Panjim. Our site is next to Vivanta by Taj off the main promenade. The artists are creating a set of 30 floating garden-modules built out of locally-sourced materials.

The installation explores how plants harness the sun's energy in the most fascinating and innovative ways, in this case, to clean water!

The function of each garden is very simple: over time the plants grow a root-system through the loose fabric of the jute-sacks into the water, and start pulling heavy metals and other polluting substances out of the creek; they then give back purified, clean water. This process is called rhizofiltration--rhizo relating to 'root' or 'roots'.

Local plants have been chosen to clean the water and establish a wetland within the creek once more. The species used include Canna Indica, Colocasia Esculanta, Papyrus and ginger. Each garden-module is composed of the following materials only: inner tubes of car and truck tires; jute sacks; coconut coir rope; recycled cardboard boxes; coco-peat; compost and, of course, the plants!

One module can be reproduced for approximately 300 INR. It was important for the artists to create a system than can be reproduced in a simple and cost-effective way.

About the Artists

Kaspar Fluck grew up in Switzerland, where he studied Graphic-Design at the school of visual arts in Biel. He graduated in 2009. The following years he spent time travelling the globe, working as a free artist with the main focus of painting, and discovering the true nature of consciousness through meditation. Today his main pursuit is his spiritual path, and the spontaneous expression of his creative nature in whatever way that will manifest.

Zuri Camille de Souza finished her BA in Human Ecology and Spatial Design at College of the Atlantic in Maine. She has worked on permaculture projects in the US, Occupied Palestine, Italy and India. Currently, she is part of the visiting faculty at ISDI Parsons, Mumbai, teaching Visual Anthropology and Communication Design History. She is also a freelance graphic designer and landscaper.

e. zdesouza@coa.edu

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Rhizofiltration (‘rhizo’ means ‘root’) is the adsorption or precipitation onto plant roots (or absorption into the roots) of contaminants that are in a solution surrounding the root zone. Rhizofiltration is similar to phytoextraction, but the plants are used to clean up contaminated groundwater rather than soil. The plants to be used for cleanup are raised in greenhouses with their roots in water. Contaminated water is either collected from a waste site and brought to the plants or the plants are planted in the contaminated area, where the roots then take up the water and the contaminants dissolved in it. As the roots become saturated with contaminants, they are harvested.

For example, sunflowers were successfully used to remove radioactive contaminants from pond water in a test at Chernobyl, Ukraine.

The contaminated water is either collected from a waste site and brought to the plants, or the plants are grown in the contaminated area, where the roots then take up the water and the contaminants dissolved in it. Many plant species naturally uptake heavy metals and excess nutrients for a variety of reasons. Some of these species are better than others and can accumulate extraordinary amounts of these contaminants.

Source: UNEP



Sculptors, film makers, speakers, idea smiths and other fellow beings of light. Propose a installation, screening, workshop, or anything else to be part of The Story of Light Festival.

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We invite scientists, educators, and researchers of all stripes to submit ideas for installations, talks, workshops, screenings and collaborations with artists to translate scientific concepts into artistic metaphors for the general public.

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Our Team

Jaya Ramchandani : Festival Director

Jaya Ramchandani

Festival Director

Jaya Ramchandani graduated in Astronomy and specialized in Science Based Business at Leiden University (The Netherlands). After graduation, she started working on several astronomy and physics outreach projects: as a project manager with Universe in a Box (UNAWE, Leiden University), a mentor at Ajahn -- Redesigning Learning, and now The Story of Light. She is also a co-founder of Sirius Interactive, a language solutions company for researchers.

w. http://www.linkedin.com/in/jayar
p. +919920935285

Nash Paul D’Souza : Creative Director

Nash Paul D’Souza

Creative Director

Nash wants to do his bit to try and turn around the uninspiring education system that he grew up with. Through interactions and installations, he hopes to help open minds to the wondrous stories that exist all around. After working as Creative Director of BC Web Wise, a Mumbai-based digital agency for a number of years, Nash moved to Goa and now works as a freelance graphic and web designer.

w. www.antiflutter.com
e. nash@thestoryoflight.org

Tanushri Shukla : Content

Tanushri Shukla


Tanushri Shukla spent her school years hating science, but then she grew up and realized it has the same truths to reveal as spirituality and philosophy, just in a different language. She spends most of her time as a digital product manager at RebelMouse, a New York-based start-up, and has more recently co-founded Chindi, which knits, crochets, and sews scrap material into fun little handmade products.

w. www.tanushrishukla.com
e. tanushris@gmail.com
p. +919769663363

Jonathan Dias : Crowdfunding & Captain Copy

Jonathan Dias

Crowdfunding & Captain Copy

Jonathan Dias’s father wanted him to become some kind of engineer. Or a lawyer. Or a chartered accountant. Jonathan joined advertising and became a copywriter instead. His father wasn’t very pleased. He now freelances for magazines and papers like Maxim and the Herald, writing about women, food and gadgets. Things he knows nothing about. He is also attempting to write a cook book that involves a lot of bacon and beer. Also, he is a science ignoramus, but is learning on the job.

e. jonathandias@gmail.com
w. jonathandont.blogspot.com

Deshna Mehta : Curator, Artist Partnerships

Deshna Mehta

Curator, Artist Partnerships

Deshna is a visual artist with a passion for photography, writing and curation. She is interested in examining design conventions to see if there is a give and take relationship between designers and their inspiration. She works out of Mumbai and has co-founded a design and publishing initiative: Anugraha which serves as a platform to encourage and undertake collaborative practices in the field of visual art, design and research.

She truly believes that essence of everything tangible lies in the intangible; and that magic resides in the ephemeral, the elusive, the unseen, the emotive, the experiential and the subtle; which is what she aspires to express and experience through her engagement as an artist and co-curator at The Story of Light.

w. http://deshnamehta.tumblr.com

Shazeb : Curator, Artist Partnerships


Curator, Artist Partnerships

Shazeb Sheikh is a multidisciplinary artist, curator and entrepreneur focusing on experimental practices across the spectrum. He's a Trustee with the Academy of Electronic Arts and has been a curator for the Carnival of eCreativity, The Blackout Festival and most recently, Kyta - an experimental collaborative residency. At the Story of Light, Shazeb intends to create works that cut across multiple facets of light intertwining with forms of art and technology.

e. sheikspear@gmail.com

Pedro Russo : Scientist Partnerships

Pedro Russo

Scientist Partnerships

Pedro Russo is presently the International Project Manager (IPM) of the FP7 EU Universe Awareness project. He is passionately committed to using astronomy as an educational tool. Pedro is Chair of the Schools and Children Task Force of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Astronomy for Development programme and Vice President of Commission Communicating Astronomy with the Public of the International Astronomical Union. Until 2010 he was the global coordinator for the largest network ever in Science Outreach, the International Year of Astronomy 2009. Pedro coordinated the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of the global IYA2009 activities, projects and events. He was also responsible for the communication between the thousands of stakeholders of the project, including projects and national chairs, astronomy community, media and society with respect to all global IYA2009 issues.

w. http://pedro.scienceoffice.org/index.html

Lucia Marchetti : Scientist Partnerships

Lucia Marchetti

Scientist Partnerships

Lucia Marchetti is a STFC funded Post Doctoral Research Associate in Astronomy at the Open University (OU) in Milton Keynes (UK). Her research is focused on the study of the properties of star-forming galaxies via strong gravitational lensing.

e. marchetti.lu@gmail.com

Zubin Savla : Maker

Zubin Savla


Zubin is a fourth year engineering student at Shah & Anchor. A lover of electronics and mechanical systems, he spends most of his time building or dismantling something. He loves cycling, science and long conversations. An engineer by heart and education, he is also a state Judo player. Apart from that, he spends a lot of his time trying to teach what he has learnt. Single-handed, he gives electronics and computer classes to over 500+ students over the weekends. He also works in collaboration with Tarun Mitra Mandal for social work.

e: zubinsavla@gmail.com

Shaira Sequeira Shetty : Key Project Manager

Shaira Sequeira Shetty

Key Project Manager

Shaira Sequeira Shetty did her Master’s in Media and Cultural Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, after which she did various things from teaching to working in a production company. She is greatly passionate about films, and of course, music, books and the occasional poem. It is however possible that her true path is writing, perhaps someday. Her fascination with the sheer abyss that is knowledge brings her to The Story of Light. With a mind, looking to observe and learn, she will then move on to the next adventure, with new stories (of light) to tell.

e. shiara@thestoryoflight.org

Sarin M.B. : Fundraising, Corporate

Sarin M.B.

Fundraising, Corporate

Sarin wants to do his bit for the country in the field of education and healthcare, but he does not know how. He is a Computer engineer by qualification and has worked in IT companies in strategic roles for more than a decade.

He will always look for opportunities to work with talented people wanting to make a difference.

Sarin feels fortunate to work with team SOL and is in love with the concept of the festival. He believes this festival is a stepping stone towards building a better India by enlightening the minds of young people and giving a fresh perspective towards looking at education.

Sarin in his free time loves cycling, reading business books and magazines and has a love for interior design which makes him do self initiated projects for home improvement.

w. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarinm
e.  sarin.marottikkal@gmail.com

Deepti Datt : Production Manager

Deepti Datt

Production Manager

Deepti Datt is a seasoned music, events, and television producer. She has worked with Universal Music Group, MTV, Sony, Star TV Channel [V], Vogue, IMG Fashion For Relief, Ford & Elite, amongst others, producing high-visibility events and music-television-content.  Deepti now consults on conscious, innovative, new-paradigm projects in her areas of expertise (festival events & creating original content), and with organizations that prioritize transformational, social responsibility.

e. datt.deepti@gmail.com

Werner Egipsy : Fundraising, Local

Werner Egipsy

Fundraising, Local

Werner believes in change, that products change to better suit the user and that people change to better suit the environment they live in. Think local, act global, is his mantra where he wants to work with local people, to create truly global products. After working as editor with Nany Media, a Goan media firm, Werner is now working as a freelance mobile based business developer.

e. hephail@gmail.com

Akshay Roongta : Travel Desk

Akshay Roongta

Travel Desk

Akshay is always up for supporting new approaches to collaborative projects. While he is a designer and researcher by training and practice, while working on the UnBox festival, he has taken a liking for organising logistics. He hopes that his work like most good design goes unnoticed and just helps people do what they do, with delight. 

e. akshayroongta@gmail.com

Radha Barooah : Social Media and Documentation

Radha Barooah

Social Media and Documentation

Radha Barooah is dreamy, inspired and sensitive with a marked appreciation for music and the arts. It is so completely natural for her to accept that there is more to the world than what is before your eyes. She has a strong connection with animals, graduated from Leiden University, curious of all topics related to science, philosophy and spirituality. Lives in Berlin and Goa works as an academic editor with Oxford Uni Press and believes in the purpose of the Story of light with a passion.

e. radha28@gmail.com

Alyen Foning : On-ground Aesthetic

Alyen Foning

On-ground Aesthetic

Alyen Leeachum Foning is a bundle of surprises. By day she’s a textile, fashion and accessory designer. By night she’s an illustrator, soulful hippie and partial goth. Peel away another layer and you will find a huge anime and manga otaku, fashionista, orient lover and the most ingenious DIY person you will ever find.

w. facebook.com/alyenfoninggoa
e. alyenfoning@gmail.com

Harsha Rajkonwar : On-ground Aesthetic

Harsha Rajkonwar

On-ground Aesthetic

When you think of Harsha you think of spontaneity, creativity and openness to new experiences. Being the all rounder he is; Harsha has been working as a tattoo artist and musician for eight years and has also been working with bamboo crafts and with recycling as a concept. He has also run a shack in Arambol and is currently opening one in Anjuna, Goa. Harsha has studied Tabla at MS.University (Baroda) and represented India for Arts & Culture in Indonesia.

He is the calmest and most positive person you will ever meet and is ever ready to lend a helping hand.

Ronjit : On-ground Aesthetic


On-ground Aesthetic

Ronjit is synonymous with bamboo craftsmanship. He is a self taught master bamboo craftsman from Assam. What is wonderful about his work is that he is technically very sound, very contemporary, a professional and perfectionist at his work and most importantly super passionate.

He has been away from his home from a very young age and has done all kinds of jobs to survive and become independent. He is a self made man and speaks and thinks like someone who seems much older than his actual age. He loves music and also plays drums and sings for Bihu functions in Assam.  He loves life and is an upright citizen of the world.

Those Two From J.J. : On-ground Aesthetic

Those Two From J.J.

On-ground Aesthetic

Anirban and Anagha, or collectively affectionately "BANANA", past masters of alternatively wasting time and making art (which is pretty much the same), Master graduates from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai. Joint talent holders, among other things, in painting, arts and crafts which includes bad photography, mandala making, tattooing and a bit of textiles ,etcetera etcetera. Loves working singly, doubly & crowdly and making a mess of things Artfully! Have a knack of learning, mastering & eventually bastardising others technique for their own evil agendas. Shunned by the mainstream have now found refuge in Govem and are not going away anywhere soon.

For photos of a year of gradual disaster : www.facebook.com/BananaCraftsStudios

Pedro-Vallejo Ramirez : Intern

Pedro-Vallejo Ramirez


Pedro is a junior in Optical Engineering at the University of Rochester. Born in Colombia and raised in Panama, Pedro is also an entrepreneur and a musician. His research is based on designing cost-effective, highly efficient solar concentrators.

e. pvallej2@u.rochester.edu

Akshita Roongta : Project Manager

Akshita Roongta

Project Manager

Akshita is a 3rd year student from Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts. She has a passion for organising events, reading poetry and fiction, staring into space randomly and learning new things, the main reason for interning at SOL.

e. akshita.roongta@gmail.com

Ishita Jain : Project Manager

Ishita Jain

Project Manager

Ishita is currently a student of graphic design at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.She conjures and lives in alternate realities.With an intense love for trashy novels, long hikes, deep scuba dives and squids,her current dream is to travel and sketch the world!

w. https://www.behance.net/ishitajain
e. ijain.24@gmail.com

Yuhina Lhamu Lachungpa : Project Manager

Yuhina Lhamu Lachungpa

Project Manager

A recent product design graduate from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Yuhina is passionate about feminism, sustainable living, and wildlife conservation. Born and raised in the Himalayas, she loves the beach just as much as she loves the mountains. A firm believer in the importance of fun, her other interests include sampling new foods, singing, reading and baking.

w. http://www.coroflot.com/yuhina_lachungpa
e. yuhina.lachungpa@gmail.com

Pragya Chhajer : Project Manager

Pragya Chhajer

Project Manager

Pragya is a Retail & Exhibition Design Major at MIT Institute of Design, currently in her 8th semester. Design to her is a blend of tangible and non-tangible experiences. She is enthusiastic about organising, research, brainstorming and analysis. Music, food and travel is what drives her.

e. pragya.chhajer@mitid.edu.in
w. http://issuu.com/pragyachhajer/docs/pragyachhajerportfolio2014

Reuben Jerome DSilva : Project Manager

Reuben Jerome DSilva

Project Manager

After a short-lived engineering education, Reuben gave into his creative calling. Now a fresh Graphic Design graduate from the National Institute of Design, he loves all things visual and believes strongly in the power they possess to impact large scale issues. Acoustic music, new places and kadak chai keep him happy and ever inspired.

e. reuben.dsi@gmail.com
w. http://rubydubdub.blogspot.in/

Rebecca Phillips : Festival Decor

Rebecca Phillips

Festival Decor

Rebecca studies set design for Theatre, Film, TV, Fashion and events. She is skilled skilled in sculpture with many mediums, paper, papier mache, wire, wood carving, foam carving, clay etc. She is currently the head set designer for a theatre production at a theatre in Bournmeouth England.

e. rebecca_sj_phillips@yahoo.com

Holly Nicholds : Festival Decor

Holly Nicholds

Festival Decor

Holly studies BA film production and specialises in production design (set design/building). She also has a lot of experience designing and building interactive installations for festivals, having started her own arts collective (Nonsense Collective) last year with which she designed and built a giant kaleidoscope that toured around four UK festivals last year.

e. hollynicholds@hotmail.com

Ketan Kenkre : Lighting Consultant

Ketan Kenkre

Lighting Consultant

Every lighting designer speaks his individual language and so does Ketan Kenkre. He is an electrical engineer with an MBA in Operations Research and Project Management from Goa Institute of Management.  He loves Offroading, trekking, road trips, photography and he is a true nature lover. He is also a national level taekwondo player.

e. ketan.kenkre@yahoo.co.in

Ashutosh Parvatker : Documentation

Ashutosh Parvatker


A Bachelor of Fine Arts with an AudioVisual Major from Goa College of Art. Worked as a video editor, Asst. Director for Film/TV production houses. Now freelancing as a Video Producer and Editor from Goa. Indulging in various art,culture and music related projects through coverage and aesthetic documentation.

e. indianash@msn.com

Mitwa A V : Photography

Mitwa A V


Mitwa is Visual communicator, who loves to explore photography, film and graphic design. After finishing his studies from Srishti school of design as art and design student, he has been associated with various art and design projects. His main interest is experimental cinema, music videos as well as experimental photography. He also loves cooking,cycling, traveling and reading. He is on is way to explore all corners of the world.

e. mitwa.m534@gmail.com
w. https://www.behance.net/mitwa

Sai : Festival Decor


Festival Decor

Sai, is a visual explorer. After completing her masters in design from NID Ahmedabad and a few years of work in Bangalore and Goa, she is now working on her design line, Psysai in Mumbai.

Wanting to spread ideas through products was always something on her mind. Making and selling renditions of such products in the Goa Flea Market kick started Psysai. She believes accidents are the best way to discovery which has led her work to be wide and varied - from designing identities, illustrations, packages, games and books to making paper lamps, books and curious creatures from clay.

Most of her work can be seen on psysai.com and on facebook.com/psysai.

tiNka* : Photography



tiNka is a 27 year old girl, born in Croatia. Of all the things that make her happy, traveling & exploring top her “happy things to do in life” list. Her mission is to share experiences she gathers on her way through words& photos & videos! :) She traveled 33 countries so far, but there are so many places more to see... She is looking forward to meeting many great + inspiring + creative + kind + humble people on her path.

e. tinka987@gmail.com
w. https://www.facebook.com/kalajzictinka

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