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Portfolio of

Devika Gharge National Institute Of Design Exhibition (Spatial) Design Semester 6

Taking you through the 2 years of studenthood as an Exhibition (Spatial) designer

Contact me at: +91 89 80 57 3929 devikagharge@gmail.com devika.g@nid.edu


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Architectural Element: Stairs keywords: multi- functionality, versatality, 2 planes(vertical and horizontal), trade show exhibit

SEE THROUGH from top at the exhibit

no text here

GRAPHICS a continuation of interior beneath

logo + name of brand

advertisement/text place to sit

about the brand

place to sit and read TEXT that can be read only from top

about the exhibit the exhibit

concept sketch

The physical model

rough 3D render

Picking a architectural element from sites like Modera and Adalaj- STAIRS and designing a space consisting of just this one element. My approach was to play with scale and while, the steps be multi-functional, according to varying scales (used for sitting, climbing, leaning on, upside-down etc), the space as a whole will serve one single purpose- a display exhibition stall.


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Thematic spaces keywords: model making, ambience, visitor flow, unfolding of a story, journey and reward, themes

The reflective glass on the left side wall gives a sense of expanded space

Use of levels: dispersion of light

3 levels of flooring: water, reflective, non-reflective

long tiles: sense of direction

To select a space on campus, study it and then create a space that evokes an opposite feeling. The chosen space was dark, scary and mysterious- that was turned into a open, happy, yet mysterious one. Use of existing elements of space, reflection, illusions, lighting, and curiosity led to designing an entire journey that ends in an exalted feeling as a reward.


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Lighting in an exterior space keywords: instant lighting, rasa theory, colour and moods, mood board

the space chosen- Queen’s pavilion at Sarkhej Roza

depiction of the krodha rasa- the anger of the queen

depiction of the shoka rasa- the sorrow of the queen

The Queen’s pavilion at Sarkhej Roza was chosen and was personified as the queen herself. The forgotton building was lit up in the various moods of a forgotton queen, taking inspiration from Rasa theory.


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2D Visual representation keywords: projections, graphical representation, ease of understanding

isometric view and human scale

plan and area of space represented highlighted

graphical representation of the highlighted area

Designing a space using two conflicting themes- hidden and revealed. The elements used in this space reveal their meaning eventually, thus resulting in a design of a narrative, not just space. I explored more graphical ways of representation of concepts, rather than realistic ones.


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3DS Max rendering keywords: 3d modelling, walkthrough, virtual spaces

simple modelling with reference image

modelling a fictional space- here, an art gallery(interior)

the art gallery(exterior)

After going through tutorials of 3DS Max of use of basic tools, a series of assignments were given that included their application as well. The alien ship was a small assignment- explorative in nature, while the art gallery seen above was modelled to the last detail and a walkthrough using the camera function too, was created. The walkthrough can be viewed on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRLtfym5ZB8&feature=youtu.be


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Hands on structure planning and making keywords: basic structure concepts, learning by doing, material exposure, working in scale, prototyping

working in the workshop-welding

the catenery curve swing taking shape

canopy scaled model 1:5

canopy with movable members

the canopy could assume various shapes and form

During the course of two years as an exhibition student, I have been exposed to various materials and their processes. Structural theories were applied and an attempt to understand the catenery curve was made by making a life size swing as group exploration. Also, the canopy made in a smaller group reflected our explorations on different possibilities of making rigid materials look organic.


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Design project 1: ethnography and installation at Gulbai Tekra keywords: reasearch, history, cultural mapping, problem finding, ethnography and empathy

the commercial world p.o.v. through an advertisement

tidbits of what common people’s opinion about Gulbai Tekra

Some facts and a staged candid conversation with an AMC official

The site I chose to study and work on was Gulbai Tekra a.k.a. Hollywood Basti in Ahmedabad. The task was to map the history of the place and also investigate, first hand, the cultural ethnography of the place. The medium I chose was film and I tried to convey my research by putting together how the real estate and commercial circle looks at this area, what the common people think of it and finally the real story along with a hint of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s negligence and injustice towards this area.


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Design project 1: ethnography and installation INSTALLATION RESPONSE 1

look of the installation between 1st two lamp posts

as you travel, you see the homes disappearing

the progressive disappearing of homes and only the mirror being seen at the end

My case study brought to light a prevalent issue of a road being built overnight by the government, without proper notice to the residents. Their houses were demolished and people were evicted and given houses someplace away. My main aim in this project was to bring to light this very reality of injustice and challenge the attitude of the rest of the city towards this place. Hence, my first idea was to create a feeling of encroachment among the common people so they can empathise. Through my installation, the person travelling, sees himself, along with his vehicle, in a place where there were homes of people before.


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Design project 1: ethnography and installation INSTALLATION RESPONSE 2

Huts that also look like beheaded people that are buried

The lamppost that looks like a cross on a grave

the huts burdened under concrete

The above is a representation of another idea I had. I saw ‘going deeper in the earth’ as ‘going back in time’. The lamppost is the ground level. As you go deeper, first you see the concrete dust, then the tar, and further, the rocks. Next you start seeing the huts, weighed down by the rocks. Further, you see the leaves that represent the forest on which these houses were built. And finally the red earth.


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Design project 1: ethnography and installation INSTALLATION RESPONSE 3, 4

The road with the disclaimer standing there silently

the satirical meassage on the notice board

the imagery of a bulldozer in a towering position demolishing houses

Next, I tried to also target people walking on the road, not just those with vehicles. The idea of a disclaimer struck me and it was made into a satirical one rather than a normal notice, so that it catches more attention, when seen everyday. My last idea was more striking than subtle. The bulldozer standing in the middle of the road carrying broken houses was used as a visually striking image. But keeping the sentiments of people living there in mind, this was one of my last ideas I would put forward.


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New years installation for NID community` keywords: unconventional new year resolution sharing, anonymous ‘gifts’, the colour of happiness and warmth

the installation as seen from a distance

inside the installation, choosing your balloon and resolution

reading your ‘gifted’ resolution and giving one back in exchange for someone else

A group of like minded and enthusiastic friends came together to make an installation for the NID community, to welcome the new year with the spirit of sharing and spreading happiness. We made a room full of yellow balloons hanging from the ceiling, with tiny envelopes attached to each. Every envelope had a new year resolution written by an anonymous person. The person visiting was to choose his/her baloon, read the resolution and write one in return, to be read by a third anonymous person, from that envelope.


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Furniture for Kingfisher lounge at Wills lifestyle fashion week 2011 keywords: unconventional yet day to day materials, form explorations, low cost

the space provided- at Pragati maidan- the kingfisher lounge

exploration and making trials

prototying various forms

execution on site

on site exploration of form

The basic idea was to make seating and furniture out of day to day materials, inside the kingfisher lounge. The idea was to make people perceive ordinary and otherwise waste objects in a different light. Other materials explored were pvc pipes and glass beer bottles. The collection of raw materials and execution was done in Delhi itself.


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Set design for professional music video keywords: creative art direction, time and budget constraints, procurement of props, execution and installation on site

the space provided- basement of an apartment building

the ‘backdrop’ and set

the shooting o fthe video against the set

snapshot from final music video

To design a set and backdrop for a shoot of a professional HMV music video ‘Rickshaw mein romance’. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k02FQ652S6c Considering the meagre time and budget in hand, the entire set up was mostly done up with lights and other junk material used creatively. The video was shot the next day and is on air on tv and internet now.


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Venue design at Prithvi theatre, Mumbai keywords: play script interpretation, ideation, making, collapsible, lightweight, safe packing, installation within deadline

making of the installation in workshop

adding realism and finishing touch

packing and unpacking

installation on site

the ready istallation from outside

the installation- the inside

To create installations that act as teasers for various plays as a part of the Writer’s bloc theatre festival at Prithvi theatre, Mumbai. After interpreting the play ‘OK tata bye bye’, the main concept of ‘voyeurism’ was explored and an installation was made that was a truck from the exterior, but when peeped inside, had an interior of a prostitute’s room.


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Venue design at Prithvi theatre, Mumbai keywords: play script interpretation, ideation, making, collapsible, lightweight, safe packing, installation within deadline

making detailed props in NID workshop using thermocol and POP

the installation on site during the day

the installation at night

location- at the queue for tickets

Another installation, for the same event was conceptualized based on a play that was a gay couple love story set in Delhi. We actually picked up a setting in the play that repeated itself- the delhi metro, and made it into an installation. The ‘only for men’ advertisement poster inside the ‘metro compartment’, was a hint that the play was about a gay couple.

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Production design for student films at NID keywords: propping, locations, colour schemes, space manipulation

snapshot from student fiction film ‘ati’

workspace of obsessed scientist in fiction film ‘ati’

production for student ad film on hearing impairment

The first two images are from the set of the film ‘Ati’ that deals with the lives of an obsessed man and his loving girlfriend. The workspace of the guy designed was to have hints about his character and his ideals. The third snapshot is taken from an ad film made by a PG Film and video design student about hearing impairment.


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Photography, pixilation and dance keywords: recreation. academics, participation

photography ‘streets of ahmedabad’

snapshot from pixilation animation film made with batchmate

dance participation

Who doesn’t like to take a good photograph? You can watch the short pixilation animation on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4tS6wG-QEU&feature=context&context=C4865ac5ADvjVQa1PpcFMPZixh6zqjkyhUM2UZvZQuZoLpdiADtMU= The above activites are part recreation, part wholesome learning experiences.

THANK YOU!

student portfolio  

2 yrs of my studenthood as an Exhibition and Spatial Design at NID(selected work)

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