OK COMPUTER

Anagram Architects x Experiential Design Lab

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Technology has always materialised as objects: tools, devices, gadgets. More and more, its materiality, like that of these objects, is defined by minimal forms, hardened plastics, cold screens and shiny metallics. Its methods have become increasingly inscrutable, icily analytical and callously calculative. Its manner seems intrusive, apathetic and simulated.

From servers to fitbits, the computer, the ultimate technological object, has formed a world where space and object stands apart, where communication is minimal, where experience exists distinct from emotion. We are caught in the sharp glow of the screen and all we do is stare, point, touch or swipe.

OK COMPUTER is our speculation on the materiality, method and manner of technology in a cyber-physical future of blurred, tenuous, soft edges between the physical, digital and human. It is a space where light, sound and movement communicate more than object, form, image and text. The title is taken from Radiohead’s 1997 album ‘OK Computer’, itself derived from Douglas Adam’s 1978 BBC radio series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, in which the character Zaphod Beeblebrox says, “Ok computer, I want full manual control now.”

OK COMPUTER is conceived by Anagram Architects as a collaboration with Experiential Design Lab (XDLab India).

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Anagram Architects x Experiential Design Lab

Madhav Raman

Anagram Architects, established by Madhav Raman and Vaibhav Dimri in 2004, is a practice recognised for its commitment towards delivering deeply contextual designs that encourage sustainable lifestyles. The firm offers services in Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Design, Public Infrastructure Planning and Environmental Design. It practices conceptually bold and fresh spatial design that seeks sustainability across various registers including optimum resource management, market forces, urban governance, globalisation, traditional practices, cultural identities, evolving technology and changing climate. It promotes an experiential reconnect with ecology through extensive research into mainstream and alternative building practices. Motivated to contribute towards greater environmental sustainability and social well-being, the firm also participates in policy, education and research.

Experiential Design Lab (XDLab) specialises in digital transformation strategies and implementation for innovation on tech-products, tech-aided spaces and tech-aided services. The firm has worked across segments as diverse as agri-tech, hospitality-tech, sleep-tech, decor-tech, fashion-tech, fitness-tech and hr-tech including several startups and joint ventures with large organisations. XDLab is based in Delhi, Dubai and Rome.

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Preview

6:30 pm, 11 JAN 2019

(by invite only)

Exhibition

12 JAN – 16 MAR 2019

(daily 3 pm – 7:30 pm, except Sundays and Public Holidays)

Venue

STIR Gallery

2 North Drive, DLF Chattarpur Farms, New Delhi

CONTACT

for a guided walkthrough, write to us at: zohra@stirdesign.in

+91 11 2680 9377/8/9, +91 7838120015