Friday, June 19, 2009

Love to Drishya Youth!

On Friday afternoon we had our final multi-media performance / screening for the 2 week Drishya summer camp I was working with. The course included mandala, meditation, drama, dance, video production, and live improvised interactive video performance.
And the performance was a smashing success, as boys kissed me goodbye and the young women cried, I was moved by the love that we had developed through the project.

Farewell for now Drishya!
Student photo of me on the roof of the school.

I'd put more pictures but I don't have official permission.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

It's the water!

Water is such an issue here. The other night I took the the wrong bus and got stranded in the monsoon. There was so much water flooding the streets. Jackson and Arzu came to rescue me in the middle of the night and on the drive home the traffic in the flooded city was at a stand/float still.

Yet there is a shortage of clean water. Especially in the communities where the youth I'm working with live. One of the groups in my class at Drishya Camp is making a public service announcement about the water situation. In the meanwhile Jackson is downstairs creating a living greywater filtration pond. And at the end of a long day of dancing and acting with the youth, I'm ready for a bucket bath!

"It's the water"

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sustainable Design & Education - India

Picture of one of the Drishya Gardens that Jackson has been working on. It was previously an abandoned lot across from the school. Now the harvest of the garden is served in the lunch at the school.

This weekend I ventured outside the city to Earth Alive: a sustainable educational community center in the making. Part of the vision is to bring the Drishya youth out to Earth Alive. Below is a picture of me planting trees at Earth Alive.
I visited this huge Banyan Tree in the country side. We removed our shoes before entering the understory of the tree. Banyan trees are the traditional classroom of India. Class discussions where hosted in the broad understory of this beautiful tree.

Check out this Drishya collaborative design for the classroom of the future: Mobile Mandala which includes a Banyan tree for every classroom. Mobile Mandala is connected to Oakland to Bangalore curriculum collaboration of the Shelter Project

Later that day I visited a Shiva Temple. It was a full moon, but we climbed the rock face in the heat of the day, barefoot because it's a sacred mountain.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Workshop for Drishya Facilitators

While I'm here I'm going to be working with youth who live in the slums of Bangalore through the Drishya program of project vision in collaboration with Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology.

This week I facilitated a workshop for the Drishya Facilitators (youth workers). Below you will find some sample video and photo documentation from the workshop.

Here is a video of one of the Forum Theatre Anti-models, a scene with an resolved conflict that can be use by the group to practice interventions.

For more information about the workshop:
Drishya Facilitators Workshop Documentation