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About Makkuni Ranjit : Ranjit Makkuni a musician, artist, multimedia researcher, and designer, and is the director of the Sacred World Research Laboratory where he leads research in culturally reflective computing and design. Prior to this, Makkuni spent nearly two decades at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where he pioneered multimedia computing interfaces and learning applications.
STATEMENT OF ART:
While majority of people in developed economies live in an urbanized environment, most people in developing nations live in villages. Such 'Nature' -based communities across the globe hold deep commitments to hand based skills and livelihood.



My works explore an intersection between traditional arts and crafts and modern design and technology. This synthesis can help developing and developed worlds in many ways:



- the wisdom of traditional communities can positively negate the homogenizing influences of modern technology; and



- the intelligence and creativity afforded by modern technology can reciprocally help traditional artists.



This has been mirrored in many of my recent works: The Crossing, the Eternal Gandhi Museum, the Planet Health Museum, and Goddess and Temples of Music.



These works demonstrate new trajectories in Computing, Design and Development.



- First, the works show 'cultural computers', how large volume computers can disappear, and, through redesign, reappear as cultural computers, so that people interact with objects of “meaning” and have the ability to personalize their technology.



- Second, with respect to User Interface, in my works, peoples’ intuitive ability to interact with physical objects in physical space becomes the digital interface. As a result, the computers designed naturally respond



to touch,

to texture,

to motion,

to physical manipulation,

as also to breath,

voice,

and song.



- Third, the works explore the inclusion of village aesthetics and creativity in the design of new technology, exploring an equitable model of development wherein commitments to innovation and traditional culture go hand in hand.

ORGANIZATION:
Sacred World

NON-DESIGN OCCUPATION:
Musician Media, graphic, printing, culture, design

EDUCATION:
M.Arch University of California, Computer Aided Design, Los Angeles
B.Arch (hons), Architecture, IIT Kharagpur

EXPERIENCE:
2001-present, President, Sacred World, New Delhi, IN
1985-2001, Principal Investigator, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto, CA, USA

PRIVATE EXHIBITIONS:
2011, Star Museum, Pilani
2010, Planet Health Museum, New Delhi
2010, Sacred Touch, Vancouver Olympics
2006-8, Eternal Gandhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Pune, Mumbai
2006, Secrets of Shiva, National Gallery, Bangkok
2005 Eternal Gandhi Multimedia Museum, New Delhi
2001-2, The Crossing, New Delhi, Mumbai, New York, Linz, Bangalore

MIXED EXHIBITIONS:
So many minds 2, Chiang Mai University Art Museum, 2013
So many minds 1, Chiang Mai University Art Museum, 2011
New India Landscapes, Milane Trienale Museum, 2012

EVENTS:
2011, Star Museum, Pilani
2010, Planet Health Museum, New Delhi
2010, Sacred Touch, Vancouver Olympics
2006-8, Eternal Gandhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Pune, Mumbai
2006, Secrets of Shiva, National Gallery, Bangkok
2005 Eternal Gandhi Multimedia Museum, New Delhi
2001-2, The Crossing, New Delhi, Mumbai, New York, Linz, Bangalore

AWARDS:
2012, Nominated National Award, Design, USA
2005 Mahavir Mahatma Award for Peace, India
2005,2002,1998 ID Magazine Award, New York
2002 Ars Electroncia Award, Linz

PRESS APPEARANCES:
2012 At Casa, Italy
2007 Print, USA
2006 Domus, Arbitaire, Italy
2006 IT Magazine, India

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS:
numerous

BOOKS:
Eternal Gandhi Multimedia Museum, 2007, Pages for Ages, India
Banaras: The Crossing, Sacred World, 2003, San Francisco, USA

ACCOLADES:
2005 Mahavir Mahatma Award for Peace, India
2005,2002,1998 ID Magazine Award, New York
2002 Ars Electroncia Award, Linz

WEB SITE:
www.sacredworld.com

PORTFOLIO URL:
https://www.facebook.com/MusicalLandscapesAndTheGo
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REGISTRATION DATE:
2012-02-24 00:35:43

COUNTRY:
India

ACCOUNT TYPE:
New

Awards received by Makkuni Ranjit


Sacred Touch Exhibition Design

A' Design Award Winner for Event and Happening Design Category in 2011
Makkuni Ranjit
Musical Landscapes and The Goddess Happening; New Interfaces; Exhibition

A' Design Award Winner for Cultural Heritage and Culture Industry Design Category in 2013
Makkuni Ranjit for Ranjit Makkuni and Sacred World Research Laboratory

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