Makkuni Ranjit-Musical Landscapes and The Goddess Happening; New Interfaces; Exhibition

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Interview with makkuni ranjit : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. makkuni ranjit : To build awareness of the power of Music, and the sense of 'Solitude' offered by Music, in an era of ubiquitous change. To show the connection between the Sacred Feminine and Music, in turn to honor the Sacred Feminine. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. makkuni ranjit : In an age of information anxiety, the goal was to let people know of alternatives in traditional music and new computationally augmented musical instruments that will let them tune in and recharge in an environment of change. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. makkuni ranjit : Display at various museums in Asia and the world. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. makkuni ranjit : Two years. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. makkuni ranjit : The design was a personal intervention to show the power of Music and the Sacred Feminine in a fast changing world. .Frank Scott: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?. makkuni ranjit : The work has already been produced and successfully deployed as an interactive exhibition in a museum learning situation. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. makkuni ranjit : This work continues previous, pioneering works in multimedia installations and interaction technologies that allow a museum visitor to experience the emerging relationships between traditional culture and new technology. Please see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranjit_Makkuni My past works have explored: -the multifaceted ideals of the famous Indian philosopher, Mahatma Gandhi, from The Eternal Gandhi; -a virtual tour of the streets, spaces and rituals of Banaras (Varanasi), one of the main spiritual centers of Hinduism on the banks of the Ganga River in India, from Living, Dying and Transformation in Banaras; -a recapture of traditional practices that allow people to take charge of health, from Planet Health: Green consciousness, Ayurveda and Yoga traditions; These works have consistently demonstrated innovations in the arts, technology and cultural documentation. Please see www.sacreworld.info http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv4tiWXW_os .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. makkuni ranjit : The project presents a creative vision showing the meeting of modern and traditional categories of thought, and allows people to reflect upon their and the world's current situation shaped by political and economic forces. In terms of form, the project will continue to show how classical cultural forms meet and embrace futuristic technologies in a marriage of originality. This work speaks to the new generation of interactive art, bringing the dimensions of touch, hand based skill and livelihood, essential to the practice of the traditional arts, into the design of contemporary technology and artistic expression. Please see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv4tiWXW_os http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjJjJp7PYNo .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. makkuni ranjit : General Audience. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. makkuni ranjit : After -having participated in creating new media technologies at Xerox PARC, and -having introduced some technology innovations and cultural works that have made impact, this work lies at a pivotal point. The project will let people -examine alternatives: preservation of local cultures & creation of a 'green' economy, and development alternatives; -explore culturally rooted, personalized economies; The project aims to create an impact in developing nations, which are at a critical juncture in time, when timely intervention can positively influence policy planning. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. makkuni ranjit : It means what it means: Musical Landscapes and the Goddesses of Music. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. makkuni ranjit : Building conceptual bridges of innovation between Traditional Art and Modern Technology. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. makkuni ranjit : Computationally augmented musical interfaces allow people to access the complex skilled space of musicians. In contrast to people interacting with glass screens, eg mobile devices, the interfaces in this project are hidden behind traditional cultural forms, .

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