“Something’s so disturbing and painful”

Provocative art, is a form of art, which is capable of making a thought provoking statement about human condition, culture, irony, or something, which is extremely uncomfortable to see, and for our minds to interpret. It can also make statements which portray that how like can get disturbing at times.

A provocative art, when done in the right form, looks gorgeous and extremely powerful defining the most significant issues, which yet can be very disturbing to mankind.

A Glimpse through some Provocative Art Forms

Such an art form is very strongly portrayed by a well renowned artist and sculptor, Barton Lidice Benes, an American, whose art was dealing with the AIDS epidemic, which was showed as a raw approach to death.  Some of his art works were so raw that, it had nearly become very difficult for him to hunt for a gallery, which would accept to exhibit his art works.

Among his best known art works, his collection of memento mori, which comprised of thousands of artifacts like the tribal masks, religious relics, voodoo dolls, skulls, etc. was never exhibited publicly.

Momento mori, greenwich village – The New York Times

Another artwork of Mr. Benes, which had raised health alarms across the nations, was the “Lethal Weapons”, which was a collection of 30 vessels, which were filled with the blood of the HIV infected persons.

Mr. Benes was born in Hackensack in 1942, and died on 30th May at the age of 69 due to AIDS.

Barton Lidice Benes – The New York Times

He was first recognized with his series of pieces, which included the statue of Virgin Mary, on which he had shredded US currency.

Vigrin Mary, shredded with US currency – Barton Lidice Benes

“Decorative art and provocative art both qualified because of the devotion to technique that’s needed to make beautiful works of art. Amiel Mesner

Personally, provocative art involves a lot of meaning, and it appeals to me because it involves high level of emotion. Provocative art is an extremely bold form of art to be presented and that such forms of art are very rear to be found n most importantly to be interpreted.

My last days in university…!!!

Approaching my final month of university. What are the feelings that should be going on in my mind? Nostalgic? Ecstatic? Wistful? Apprehensive? There can be no dearth to the feelings that I am experiencing now.

In a frenzy to meet submission deadlines, exam preparations and job hunting, I for once, quite out of the blue, decided to put on the breaks and think about how I have traversed or rather rambled through the most important journey of my life.  My mind had taken quite a philosophical bend and I found myself on wondering, why am I the way I am today, what should my next step be, where will that next step lead me to, will I be able to achieve what I had chalked out to achieve, so on and so forth. This never ending stream of questions seems like a paradox, where answers to a few questions give life to another round of questions and the circle is never ending.






I was a fresh eyed teenager when I started university, with dreams, which now in hindsight seem to be naïve, about the life that I would finally get to experience thanks to the ‘education’ that we had received from our movies that are shot through rose coloured camera lenses. But it was not to be. College was much more real, seeking to improve our minds and character through constant learning, coaching and assimilation of experiences. I can with a great degree of certainty say that I am a better person for it all.

I have made friends for life. Friends who I know and hope will be by my side through thick and thin. We have had our share or joys, sorrows and fun.  Moments have been bitter sweet no doubt, but will be treasured nevertheless. These moments are like keepsakes, that one just has to go through and memories come flooding in.

Who can ever forget our professors? These are people who inspire us to strive the maximum possible, stretch our abilities and to come out of our cozy little comfort zones to make our life meaningful. They have helped me in steering my life in the right direction, making me more self assured than what I was, and most importantly made me see challenges in a new light. I have now learnt that challenges are meant to make you and not break you.

All in all, the road has been smooth and it has been uneven, causing us to waver on our feet at times, but we have been able to emerge victors from it. I can sum it by saying that it has been a journey from a fresh eyed teenager to a fresh eyed adult.


Dilbert Comics – Analysis

The eponymous Dilbert, of the Dilbert comics fame is the brain child of Mr Adam Scott. First published in April 1989, it is a sarcastic, satirical and humourous take on the new corporate culture that has taken a tenacious hold on work places and corporations worldwide. The comics take the readers on a corporate and management ride thorugh the eyes of Dilbert, one of the engineers in the imcumbent workplace.

Comic Strip Analysis

Theme – Threat No More


The possibility of confidental information being leaked out to the competing firms by employees who are leaving the organsiation has been very cleverly depicted in this strip. Employees have access to a wide variety of confidential information such as trade secrets, R&D line ups and customer lists that are very important value additions to any organisations performance. The above caricature, very aptly describes the situations uniformly faced by all organisaitons.

Theme – Futile Innovations


Meaning less innovations by employees adopting a bird’s eye view approach to work in actuality, destroy company value rather then enhancing it. In many instances, protoyping a product without a strong ground work in research and development can result in fatal corporate failures. Technical inefficiencies, lackadaisical work approach and a lacking technical skills are carefully guarded by the wall of prototypes. The end exaggerated result as shown in the cartoon, more than sufficiently conveys the meaning.

Theme – Real Skills, No Thank You


The strip, humourously potrays the increasing amount of importance placed to qualifications that are ill fitted to the relevant job roles, hence leading to quite a large proportion of staff that are ill equipped for the role for which they have been hired, thereby leading to an organisation wide underperformance.

Theme – Ineffective communication or lack of understanding


Dilbert’s arrow hits bulls eye in this strip. Often people ‘froth layer’ their failures by holding factors other than their own deliquencies to blame. This holds true in real life and organisational settings.

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Dilbert comic strip





Photo Analysis

Title: The Migrant Mother

Photograph By: Dorothea Lange

Original title: Destitute pea pickers in California


The Migrant Mother – By Dorothea Lange

The photograph under discussion was taken in the year 1936. It’s the photograph of a woman, Florence Owens Thompson; it had become one of the best photographs of all times. It has also been published in many journals.

When we look back at the history of America that was a time where the Americans faced a tough time with poverty, unemployment and agricultural fields. Most of the people started migrating and moving away from the country. This situation had turned down to be very similar to the current situation of Somalia at that time. At that same time, the world was preparing, in fact it was facing the storms of the Second World War. Nobody was certain about anything as to what was going to happen next to the mother earth.

This was the scenario of the world during that era, and this picture is one the best photography of all time during that era, because just by looking into the picture once, we can understand all the situations so described as of yet.

In this picture, we can see a woman with her 3 children. The mother’s sight is reaching to a far distance, which symbolizes the uncertainty in her eyes about the present and the future. Her eyes are like, as if she is not present in the world. Wrinkles everywhere on her face and the dirty and torn dress, also the kids in the similar condition shows poverty across the country. The kids in the picture seem to be hiding their faces, which probably means that they were shy to face the camera as they were very poor and in filthy conditions. They baby lying down on her lap, with its eyes closed filled with dirt everywhere also show that they might be living on the streets since they didn’t have a proper house to live.

When we look at the current scenario of USA, nobody will ever be able to believe that such a situation ever existed in the country. More than poverty, the picture majorly depicts the story of a darkest era of the country known as the “Great depression” era. That was one of the worst times that USA had ever faced till date.

Matrix V/S Tron

Matrix and Tron are two science fiction movies and both have one aim that is to convey the message about how the highly programmed machines can turn against the human’s one day.









The first movie was Tron which was released in 1982, which was directed by Steven Lisberger. His creativity and thinking skills is highly appreciated in the movie. The movie plot is on a software engineer (Flynn), who finds the artificial intelligence hidden in the computer system and programs and then trying to destroy it. Here the computer programs play the intelligent role, which is therefore created by the human beings itself. In this theme of MAN-MACHINE war there were hundreds of other movies released in the upcoming years. The super hit series of terminator is also a MAN-MACHINE war related movie.

But Tron: Legacy, which was released after 28 years in which we can see the same plot, where Flynn’s son trying to find his father and researching into simulation and world. In this movie, they gave more importance to the visuals. When we see the movie, we can get the colorful and joy able vision experience with the use of latest Graphic technologies, but the plot is still the MAN-MACHINE war.

Going back to 80′s and 90′s, the Matrix – Trio is one of the most famous and the biggest hit in the history of hollywood. When we try to analyze it deeply, the Matrix – 1 released in the year 1988 is just like Tron which was released almost 16 years earlier. Here also a computer Hacker Neo (Keanu Reeves) tries to find out some mystery named Matrix appeared in his computer screen and he ends up in the Matrix world (simulated reality) after some incidents. There he starts with the fight against machines together with morpheus and other people, and he finally ends up destroying through the series of 3 movies, we can also see love and romance between Neo and Trinity.

Further in the Matrix series, the main thing to see is the camera techniques  and visuals. Ultra slow motion fight scenes in Kung Fu style is the best fight experience that one can get on a screen. There are so many fight scenes in the series where the protagonist (Neo) is fighting against many other people which involved a great use of computer graphical techniques which made those fight scenes look extraordinary and more of the simulated world kind.

So when we compare the two i.e. Tron series and Matrix – trio-logy, both tell us about the machine/computer intelligence and in its impacts. Both use amazing camera techniques and graphics, using special 3D cameras which have not been used in much movies till date. Both movies are aimed to show Computer intelligence which is ultimately created by the Humans, therefor the fight against the real world and the simulated reality, the human brain would ultimately win, because the simulated world is also created by humans.

My Favorite Deisgner: Ritu Beri


Ritu Beri

A famous Indian fashion designer, had hit the Indian fashion market in 1990. Shes the only fashion designer who features in promo style’s magazine ‘Acustyl’, which fore cast fashion trends, world wide.

She has also written a personal fashion book named “101 ways to look good”. She has also written the most expensive Indian book named “Firefly – A fairytale”. This book is priced at Rs. 1 Lakh. She has also published the book herself. The book deals with topics like Architecture, History, Women and their beauty. It also takes a bit about herself, her experiences in life which were important in shaping her career and her journey of life.

Ritu Beri brought her label alive in 1990 when India was still awakening to the couture era. She was the first Indian fashion ambassador to show on the catwalks of Paris she then traveled the globe showing her creations to critical acclaim. Her presentations gave the French fashion connoisseurs a glimpse into mystical India.


Indian Designer wear

The Ritu Beri label retails from high fashion stores across continents and countries A few of her notable clients : former US President Bill Clinton, Prince Charles, Moulin Rouge, Nicole Kidman, Hollywood actress Andy McDowell, Supermodel Laetitia Casta, famous Parisian Socialite Mrs. Lagerdere, Langes Swarovski & The Swarovski family, Elizabeth Jagger and Jerry Hall.

Her notable Indian clients are Madhuri Dixit, Rani Mukherji, Preity Zinta, Parmeshwar Godrej & Shobha De.

Follow Ritu Beri on twitter : @ritzberi

MUDC Art workshop

29th April 2012, Manipal University, Dubai, held an Art workshop organized by the Department of Interior Designing. The workshop was conducted by Ms. Sujata Dharap, winner of the National Award of the “All India Fine Art and Craft Society” in New Delhi, 1986. The workshop was about Fine Arts, which was an extremely educative experience as a designer. It helped in understanding the concept of color and contrasts determining them.


Students attending the Art workshop with Ms. Sujata Dharap, Manipal University. Photo by: Sneha Wadhwani

We were asked to play with oil pastels and poster color paints, using free hand drawings for further understanding the importance of elementary colors and unique formations of identified shapes and unidentified shapes. The paintings made on imperial size sheets using random shapes with the use of only three elementary colors i.e. yellow, blue and red. Several charts of such canvases were made to an aim of joining them together and making a joint form of art randomly.


Paintings made by students, Manipal University. Photo by: Sneha Wadhwani

Myself and my class mates had tweeted frequently during the workshop, a few tweets are here below:




A special thanks to Ms. Sujata Dharap for conducting this workshop for us, it was a great pleasure working with her and a unique experience as well. We expect more of such workshops to be conducted in our university so that we get to learn and meet many more personalities like Ms. Sujara Dharap.