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The Crossing Project

Madhu Khanna (Author) Ranjit Makkuni (Author)
Synopsis We present a vision of Indian creativity and interaction design, combining traditional and modern technology. As computing technology proliferates in the world, retaining identity becomes an important value in the new millennium. Hence, the time-tested visions of developing nations and ancient living cultures can shape the form of modern information technology. the Crossing Project is a pioneering effort bringing together futuristic, mobile, multimedia technology and archetypal content. With respect to technology, it question the very form of computing system and the Graphical User Interface paradigm, which has served as the substrate of modern computing systems for thirty year. The Crossing technology presents alternate paradigms of information access, integrating the hand the body in the act of computer-based communication and learning with respect to design, it in corporate the expression of traditional arts and crafts in the design of expressive information delivery devices. The Crossing Project demonstrates alternative forms of information access in which technology surrenders to the human hand. In this information surrenders to the human hand. In this information age, in which our world has been progressively rendered abstract and learning concepts invisible, the Crossing Project has re-created forms that capture a civilization’s symbols animated through embedded technology.
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About the authors

Madhu Khanna

Dr. Madhu Khanna, project scholar of the Crossing Project, earned her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Wolfson College, Oxford University in 1986 with a specialization in Hindu Shakta Tantra. She has to her credit two popular publications: Yantra: the Tantric Symbol of Cosmic Unity and the Tantric Way (co-author), both published by Thames and Hudson, London with American, French, German and Danish editions. Her seminal work, The Sricakra of the Cult of Goddess Tripursundari, based on Sanskrit Manuscript sources is forthcoming. She has researched the major interdisciplinary-cross-cultural exhibitions organized by the IGNCA and edited the exhibition Catalogue of fundamental categories of civilization (on the theme of Prakriti, Rita-ritu, and Man and Mask). She was awarded the Homi Bhabha Fellowship in 1991 to work on her project, :Indian Goddess and Feminist Consciousness”. She is the President and founder member of the Tantra Foundation, New Delhi. Art present, she is an Associate Professor with the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi.

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Ranjit Makkuni

Ranjit Makkuni is a multimedia researcher, designer and musician. He is the President of the Sacred World Foundation., where he leads a design and research think tank pioneering new applications in culturally rooted computing. Prior to this, Ranjit spent nearly two decades at Xerox PARC where he carved out new space of multimedia computing interface and learning applications, starting from the visionary explorations of the Object Oriented programming, language in the 1980s to body friendly, touch friendly and culture friendly multimedia computing in the 2000s. Ranjit’s projects go beyond just demonstrating futuristic technology. in his current project. The Crossing, he brings to life the authenticity of traditional ideals on primal ecology, learning and healing which are simultaneously contemporary. Participation of diverse viewpoint of people whose skills facer the threat of extinction. Proficiency in multimedia technology as well as traditional art allows Ranjit to bridge multiple worlds-between technology and art, the techno-man and traditional man, and between the developed and developing worlds.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Crossing Project
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8188934143
length 174p., Figures; Plates; Bibliography; 28cm