'ANDAMANS AND NICOBAR ISLANDS : ANET (brief documentation)
Day 1 : January 10
The first thing I saw when I reached ANET was a keel back!! And im not a snack lover at all.
We spent the first part of the day exploring the place using a “treasure map” as a tool.
We were split into 2 groups : A and B. I was in A
Day 2 : January 11
Today, group A woke up at 4 30am. We left soon after a small cup of hot tea and went on our way for an intertidal walk.
Saw creatures we hadn’t seen before.
Walked on the cool soft sand.
Climbed across dead wood.
Shades of blue.
Out of control.
Bonding with the MassArt students.
Walking in the water while the tides increased.
Not knowing what im stepping on sometimes.
Finally, eating breakfast (eggs and poha) on the beach while a few people run on the sand.
DIY 1 : LED lights.
Sizing up for scuba diving.
At night we went for a sea krait walk
Finding a pit viper near the bus.
Reaching the beach and listening to the sound of the waves on the shore.
Seeing how close the water is because of the high tide.
Finally spotting one slowly slithering towards the water.
Day 3 : January 12
Mangrove walk at 8am.
Savita and Katya
Saw a lot of different kinds of mangrove roots
Learnt a lot about them
First dog faced water snake.
Adaptation according to zone
Observing the surroundings
Soft squishy mud
Smell of H2S in the air.
Day 4 : January 13
Rain, sticky, slippery, scratches
No sunlight, just green
Scuba diving training in the pool with Shyam.
Not being able to breathe through my nose: completely new experience under water.
Finally finding a rhythm.
Chlorine in my eyes.
Merging sea life and electronic equipment
Day 5 : January 14
First group goes from Scuba diving in the morning.
Helping Jackson with the oven : Anagha and me.
Group slowly growing.
Having fun with most of the MassArt students.
Mud paint on face.
Pouring rain, but still working.
Getting most of the oven done.
Ate lunch and bathed.
Hot, blazing sunlight against the cool water.
Mild breeze, clear water, vast, empty space, grainy texture.
Shadows formed in the water.
Bed of shells, almost no marine life.
Change in the way things look
Studying change with found objects
Jetty : learning about the fish from Asim.
Fish, Groupers, Lobsters, Bargaining, getting our dinner.
Working with the biosensors with other faculty.
Saul’s microscope : light
Long reflection session with the MassArt group.
Day 6 : January 15
Pouring rain, gloomy weather.
Jazz instrumental music in the background.
Couldn’t move out into the open much.
Listening to the pouring water.
Running to the library to try and do some research on the “intertidal phenomenon”
Sound recording of the rain.
Interacting with Ashwini.
Day 7 : January 16
So nervous…but in a good way.
Group 2 went in the morning.
Last group (me) went late morning, around 11am.
Woke up bright and early.
Had a really good feeling about it.
Finally walked to the beach to get onto the boat.
Watched the other group come back.
Slowly boarded the boat…
Introduction into the entire process by Umeed.
Put on our gear.
Clear clean turquoise water.
Back flip into the ocean.
Shyam taking me down.
Breathing was so easy.
So much to see.
Touching the bottom of the sea bed.
Interacting with coral.
Getting extra time.
37 minutes of pure amazment.
Definitely going back.
Got back to the surface.
Stayed in the salty water for a bit.
Getting back to the shore.
Walking back calmly and slowly.
Eating. Bathing, and walking back to the beach to watch the sun set and take pictures.
Recording the surroundings with Varun.
Getting back and having a reflection session with the MassArt students.
Scuba diving presentation by Shyam and Katya.
Lots of pictures with MassArt and ANET.Going back to Anugama.
Watching everyone dance.
Savita, Jackson, Pooja, Rohin, Krishna, Jo.
Bonding till 2am.
Getting back and falling asleep instantly.
Day 8 : January 17
DON’T WANT TO LEAVE.
Last breakfast at ANET.
Waiting for Faquih.
Silent bus ride to the airport.
Portblair to Chennai.
Chennai to Bangalore by train.
UNO and sleep.
Few hours later, home.
Day 9 : January 18
Lunch at Arzu and Jacksons place with MassArt students.
Realising that this is our final goodbye.
Crosswords, VIP and Chumbak.
Not going to TOIT for dinner.
Anagha’s goodbye call.
Day 10 : January 19
First Draft Documentation.
Day 11 & 12
January 20 & 21
Visted various labs in Aditi and Srishti. The main objective was for us to be able to create a lab space of our own.
The labs we visited were :
The Dark room
Art Science lab
Later. we had a movie screening of : Peter Vogel - screening The sound of shadows 2011
In the afternoon, we had a basic introduction to electronics.
We eventually learnt how to create our own switches.
This wasn't as challenging as it originally seemed.
January 21 started with a reading called Study of Atelier Tradition and Goethean Science by Artist Daan Hoekstra
Our discussion based on this reading, was primarily about :
Part vs Whole
Nature as a Teacher
Learning to See
Order vs Chaos
Recommended reading at the end of the session : "Dr Faustus"
We concluded, that art and science are merging.
In the afternoon we had a session on the basic of Electronics
My concepts such as V =IR were reinforced once again.
We played around with the resistors : 1k 10k 120k
We learnt how to navigate through basic circuit diagrams as well.
Finally, we finished up with learning about varying resistance and how to work with that.
January 22 : working on Capacitors and Amplifiers
The morning began with a reading called - "Yearners and Schoolers"
Our group discussion touched a lot of topics. We debated if home schooling was the future, the need for a school environment etc. I got particularly nostalgic remembering life in school and how different the learning environment for me was. We questioned the value of a textbook as apposed to learning from experience. Personally, I like learning from experience.
The afternoon was all about connecting different kinds of circuits, playing with breadboards and I learnt how to solder!
We all created our first amplifiers and also learnt about the "potentiometer" and also about chips and different IC'.
Today we had a visit by one of Marc's friends from Prague : Andrej
He gave us a presentation on the kind of work he does and what led him to coming to India.
What stood out for me was his use of "video mapping" as a tool.
Goa : Story of light
The afternoon was about trying to figure out a creative way of drawing and creating a functional circuit for people who may not necessarily know the technical components of a circuit.
Tom's journey prototyping : process of making an amplifier
Speaking tree : prototyping the second stage of the amplifier circuit
Reading : Shop class as soul crafts by Matthew B Crawford
- Definition of craftsmanship.
- Shared memories attach to the material souvenirs of our lives, and producing them is a kind of communication with others and with the future.
- The craftsman is proud of what he has made, and cherishes it, while to consumer discards things that are perfectly serviceable in his restless pursuit of the new.
Getting to know about "Hacteria.org".
- Creating a mandala.
- Introductory to scratch and makey makey
Using a nandgate to make a multiple switch.
Research on pasco's, ardvino's, scratch and makey makey.
Reading: Play and Games by Nick Paumgarten
- Beaker switch :
- Brainstorming on what an extreme space is.
- Research based on the existence of the intertidal zone.
- Exploring the Eklavya box.
- Creating an experiment number 1 with the contents of the box.
- Experiment number 2
- Fantasy DIY kit
- Brainstorming many ideas of what the kit can contain.
- Research based on different elements related to the different kits we all came up with.
- Proposal writing.