Dr. Misha Myers, Principal Investigator, is a performance practitioner and researcher who creates digital, participatory and located performance that engages percipients in co-production and co-presentation of knowledge to story complex social issues and geographies. She is leader and founder of Falmouth University’s Articulating Space Research Centre. Her project way from home (2002-2008) involved partnerships with refugee and asylum seeker support organisations to explore practices and experiences of home-making through processes of walking, talking and mapping (www.wayfromhome.org). Her on-going Walking Library project, co-created with Deirdre Heddon, is a peripatetic library and reading group bringing together books and walking, first commissioned and carried 334km across Belgium for Sideways 2012 – a walking festival engaging the public with issues of sustainability and ecology (www.walkinglibraryproject.wordpress.com). Myers has published a number of articles and chapters about walking, locative media, and participation.
Saswat Mahapatra, Animation Consultant, is a creative entrepreneur, who has an experience of working with brands like Walt Disney Co., Cartoon Network, BBC UK, Channel 4, Cambridge University Press, Scottish Institute for Enterprises and few more. He has handled diverse responsibilities in video, print and games industry such as television dpromo producer, animation director, script writer, visual designer, book producer, video editor, game designer etc. He has conducted exhibitions and workshops at London, Dundee, Glasgow and New Delhi. Saswat completed his design education from Glasgow School of Art with the help of Scotland Saltire scholarship. Currently he works with DG Media College, Mumbai where he conducts campaigns, workshops and handles web and interior branding of the organisation. He runs a blog at http://mahapatra-saswat.blogspot.co.uk/
Associate Professor Nina Sabnani, Video Consultant, is a storyteller who uses film, illustration and writing to inform and enlighten her audience. Her research interests focus on exploring the dynamics between words and images in storytelling. As a filmmaker, she brings together animation and ethnography in old and new ways. Her published stories are often rich collaborations with artists and folk fablers and have earned critical acclaim. Nina graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara, and received a master’s degree in film from Syracuse University, NY, which she pursued as a Fulbright Fellow in 1997. Her doctoral research at the IDC focused on Rajasthan’s Kaavad storytelling tradition. She taught at the National Institute of Design for 22 years before moving to Mumbai in 2006. Nina draws inspiration from her students at the Industrial Design Centre, IIT, Bombay, where she teaches and coordinates the PhD programme.
Professor Anirudha Joshi, User Research Consultant, is Professor in the Industrial Design Centre (IDC), IIT Bombay. He works in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) design, education and research in India. Anirudha interacts with the industry regularly. He conducts open workshops on HCI for the professionals and internal training programs for companies. He is a consultant to companies and helps them develop a user-centered design approach to product development. He helps companies to integrate their internal product development processes with the design process. Anirudha’s research is focussed on designing interactive products for less educated users in developing economies. He also works in integrating HCI activities with software engineering. He was co-chair of the program committee of the first India HCI 2004 conference held in December, 2004.
Digital Green, Project Partner, is a non-profit and charitable organisation that acts as a knowledge platform to amplify developments around the world by helping farmers to share best practices with their communities. DG uses ICTs to improve the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of small farmer livelihoods in both India and low-income African countries.
Advisory Panel Members
David Griffiths, Game Designer, FoAM (UK); Prof. Naomi Alderman, Game Designer, Zombie Run (UK); Tasso Stevens, Co-Director of Coney (UK); Michael Straeubig, Game Designer, i3 Games (DE); Megan Lloyd-Laney, Comm Consult (UK); Nance Klehm, Social Ecologies (US); Jen Southern, Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) (UK); Dr. Katerina Psarikidou, Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe)(UK); Bharath Palavalli, Fields of View (IN); Guillaume Benoit, Head of Game Design, DSK Supinfogame (IN)
This project is funded by the Arts Humanities Research Council and follows on from the UnBox Fellowship funded by AHRC, British Council, Science & Innovation Network, UK.