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2012 Action at the Intersections February 2-5, 2012 / New Delhi, India

The UnBox Festival celebrates interdisciplinary processes and experiences that shape contemporary thought and action.

UnBox invites participants from all walks of life— practitioners, students, educators and institutions, who are redefining professional, social and cultural engagement in their contexts. Together, new forms and experiences emerge to challenge traditional notions of work, play and discourse.

While the first edition of UnBox in 2011 was widely recognized as a pioneering event that bridged disciplines; the UnBox experience in 2012 will dive deeper into the possibilities of collaborative practice.

FORMAT UnBox is an immersive journey through ideas embedded in design thinking & innovation. It uses multiple, nonlinear formats that encourage interaction and ideation.

UnBox Festival lies at the intersection of a Conference & Partner Festivals—EyeMyth, BeatRepeat, Technodrome, BlowUp & FoodLab—each of which explores multiple facets of creative practice. innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration

Visual Music & moving images

literature, spoken word & new media

UnBox Conference



urban arts—electronic music & digital art

Food concept & Design

Photography—public access & engagement




innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration

UnBox Conference Conceived & Managed by: innovation consultancy—Quicksand and brand + communication design practice—Codesign.

UnBox 2012

UnBox Conference 2012 The keystone UnBox event is a two day Conference that furthers the practice of innovation & interdisciplinary collaboration through keynotes, discussions and workshops anchored by leading and emerging practitioners.

In 2012, the UnBox Conference will:

M  ake creativity accessible

Showcase stories of success & failure in equal measure to demonstrate that innovation is within reach and real

Engage all the senses

Offer combinations of different sensorial experiences to to spark off new inspirations

Encourage interaction

Bring new perspectives into the community, and build strong, impactful collaborations and networks

John Thackara Design Thinking

MP RANJAN Design Education

SANTOSH DESAI Society & Media

HARSH PUROHIT Sustainibility

VK MADHAVAN Development

NICO DONALD Creative Industries

Pooja Sood Art & Curation

Faces of UnBox Conference 2011:


Lakshmi Murthy Participatory Social Communication

PARMESH SHAHANI Documenting Cultures

Programming Directions in 2012 include: Business

–Web-based – Entrepreneurship –Young – Creative Entrepreneurs with British Council –Constructing – Contemporary Indian Brands –Global – Businesses creating Local Impact –New – Tools for Business Innovation


–Open – frameworks: Democratizing Innovation –New – Frontiers in Policy-making and Research –Technology – for Research and Social Change –Creating – Livable Urban Spaces –Towards – Participative Governance –Innovations – in Institutional Education


–Reinterpreting – Traditional Crafts –Activism – through Media and Art –Credible – Contemporary Indian Curators –User – Driven Information Platforms –Interventions – in Public Spaces –Architecture – and Projectionism –Live – Cinema Tools for Ethnographic Storytelling

literature, spoken word & new media


Curated by: The GreenHouse, a pioneering community arts space in Delhi.

UnBox 2012 Partner Festival

BeatRepeat 2012 BeatRepeat is a literature festival that brings interdisciplinary perspectives to the spoken and written word using electronic music, cinema, dance, new media and space design. The Festival format uses an experimental crowd sourced content and spoken word performances in public spaces. In the lead up to BeatRepeat 2012, several events are being organized in Delhi, Bangalore and Bombay.

Experiences in 2012 include: –Live – readings and performances –Installations, – video booths and collaborative projects between established and emerging writers, artists and performers –Workshops – on bookmaking, independent publishing, creating and hosting webzines –An – exhibition of Indian book cover art and comic culture

urban arts—electronic music & digital art


Conceived and managed by: Qilla Records, an independent techno label and BLOT, a leading creative collective in India. TechnoDrome is organized with support from The Goethe-Institut.

UnBox 2012 Partner Festival

TechnoDrome 2012 TechnoDrome is an urban arts festival focusing on electronic music, VJ-ing and digital art. It locates, creates and hosts new projects centred around artistic collaboration and cross-cultural exchange between local and international artists.

TechnoDrome began as a concept in 2010, to build new platforms for emerging and urban art forms. Since then, it has evolved to establish a platform that is synonymous with presenting and affecting the changing face of Indian and global culture. Experiences in 2012 include –Club – nights with live performances at multiple venues in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru –MIA – (music, installation, architecture): combines experimental architecture, music and fashion to create an immersive social space which will host an independent fashion weekend. –2 – digital art exhibitions hosted in new media galleries –Master – classes on music production, digital art forms, and independent music publishing.

Visual Music & moving images


Conceived and managed by: A/V collective BLOT and community arts platform, Greenhouse.

UnBox 2012 Partner Festival

EyeMyth 2012 EyeMyth is a festival that visualizes music through films, performances, and installations. Since 2010, as an annual event it has showcased inspired approaches and techniques.

In 2012 EyeMyth will expand its scope by featuring: –A – film program curated from the work of established and emerging film-makers, musicians and new media artists from around the world. These will be screened at several public and private venues across India in February and March 2012. –Audiovisual – performances which demonstrate the interplay of the senses of sight and sound. –Master – classes by performers and experimental artists to give participants insights into the creative and technical process surrounding music visualization. –New – media installations and interactive environments that showcase local artists –Online – archive of past and present editions of EyeMyth + partner content will be launched during the 2012 festival. –The – first EyeMyth Label DVD will be produced and released.

Food concept & Design


Organized and facilitated by: The Grey Garden, a conceptual restaurant in New Delhi.

UnBox 2012 Partner Festival

FoodLab 2012 In the tradition of playing with media forms and creative processes, Unbox Festival 2012 will set up a laboratory framework to experiment with food design + concepts. The lab is a collective of invited artists who will bring experiences and ideas to the Festival.

In 2012, participating artists will curate an entire spectrum of food experiences during the Unbox Festival, including: –Daily – meals for participants –Food – fellowship hosted at the Grey Garden –Supper – clubs for social networking –Projects – interweaving culinary arts with community driven experience and design

Photography—public access & engagement


Conceived by: BlindBoys—an India based photography initiative founded in 2009. BlindBoys holds regular meetings to execute collaborative street exhibitions, using online and offline forums to share and showcase new photography.

UnBox 2012 Partner Festival

BlowUp 2012 BlowUp is a platform to encourage photographers to show their work in public using effective and affordable means. More importantly, it is a way for the general public to engage with photography freely and accessibly. BlowUp uses public spaces for photo exhibitions, using the city as a backdrop. The event has been organized in Bangalore, New Delhi, Bombay, Paris, New Castle and Siam Reap.

In 2012, BlowUp will organize exhibitions based on collaborative projects from across the world, including: –BlowUp:New – Delhi, a free and open format street exhibition in which photographs will be printed and posted in public spaces. Blindboys will invite photographers from across India and the world to submit photographs around a select theme. Submitted photographs will be shown in a public exhibition which will run during the Unbox Festival. –Slideshows – projected in public, outdoor spaces as well as in private, indoor spaces, giving local artists and Unbox participants the opportunity to share their work. –Workshops – on DIY photography and portfolio sharing.

The UnBox Experience

A 2-day Conference of talks and interactive discussions with leading practitioners from across sectors

Fellowships that combine context immersion and idea prototyping followed by documentation and presentations

Workshops that offer skill sharing and opportunities to work closely with experts

Networking and pitching sessions that connect new ideas to support structures

Inter-media performances and new media installations by leading international and Indian artists

Exhibitions and citywide interventions that present new perspectives and intersections between social, cultural and business practices

Picnics, film screenings, club nights, and a host of social spaces will provide participants with opportunities to engage informally

Events will be held across New Delhi, in auditoriums, galleries, experimental media spaces, clubs, popup experiences and public spaces

Partners & sponsors UnBox Festival is supported by a network of participation and collaboration. Free spirited conversations and inspiring interactions are essential for the UnBox experience, and the endeavor is to create long-standing relationships with supportive institutions, studios, agencies and individuals. UnBox Festival is supported by key institutional partnerships with –The – British Council –Goethe-Institut – –Pro – Helvetia Swiss Arts Council –Dutch – DFA –Austrian – Cultural Forum

UnBox also relies on corporate sponsorship & grants to realize the diversity of experiences promised in its vision, and is presently soliciting partners for the same.

Founders Quicksand


Multi-disciplinary innovation consultancy based in Delhi & Bangalore in India.

Branding and communication design practice, building innovative and memorable brand experiences for organizations, products and services.



(Basic Love of Things) Electronic and visual arts collective bringing the Basic Love of Things to India and the world, through music, film, art, and design.

Platform to encourage photographers to show their work in public using effective and affordable means.

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