Meet Archana Prasad
I was accepted as a scholar at the Kanoria Centre for Arts in Ahmedabad mid 1996 right after i got my BFA in Painting at CKP, Bangalore. The exposure there to senior artists from across the country was immense and encouraged me to continue my pursuits in the area of fine arts. 6 months later I was excepted into the Masters program at the CIAS, Bangalore. Here for two years I studied art theory and wrote a dissertation titled ‘Photography and the Avant-Garde in Art’. Alongside my MAsters program I apprenticed for a senior photographer – Sudhir Ramachandran during this time to better understand the practice of photography.
My interests in the visual medium next drove me to learn the secrets of animation at the Masters level program at National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. A lot was learned and a lot more unlearned. This was my first extended stay away from home and family and the impact of that and the highly creative environment at NID was rather eventful. ‘Aasae – Desire’ and Clear Blue were the two animated films that constituted my final projects here, and are definitely worth a peek to get a glimpse of my psyche then. Also sneak a peek at my on-air promos work with Channel [V] where I worked as an intern – it as a bagful of fun!
Next I packed my bags and set out to explore life as an independent artist and designer. ThoughtFox – a design collaborative was thus born. Some of my most interesting work includes designing Educational Toys – a project for the Crafts Council of Karnataka and the Development Commissioner for Handicrafts, Delhi. Website design and CD artworks for Still in Transit – a music and film project. As well as collaborative projects with Ruhi Sridhar in Bangalore and Sandhya Kurushingle’s Graycell Design in Cochin.
I joined Microsoft Research India in 2004 and worked there as a design researcher to understand creative uses of technology for emerging markets. Two important projects from this phase are StandingoOnFish – an SMSBlogging project which really meshed my interests in art, people and technology in a very rather unique way, and ViVoTe Mail which studied the use of an email client by completely illiterate first-time computer users.
All along I maintained two very strong interests – poetry and video projections. I have with me a series of 16 books of poetry and sketches from 2003 to present. My secret desire is to get these published.
My interest in video has me shooting a lot of video footage while i travel and then using them in live shows. I guess you could call me a VJ (video jockey). Essentially I mix and project live video edits from my laptop. So far I have worked exclusively with a Bangalore post-rock band – Lounge Piranha and am now getting very interested to explore how video projections can be used in installations, theater and other performance art-forms.
To sum it all up, I am now a full-time independent artist. My primary love is painting and is augmented with my interests in research, film, poetry and technology. I am always interested in collaborative, creative projects – so 3For is right up my alley.