Building at the intersection of innovation and craft:
Introducing Alisha Raman
While I was exploring the Architect Program, I encountered someone randomly asking, 'May I have anyone's help for the architectural design?' Soon after, I received a message from Alisha. I appreciate the student's dedication to supporting one another. As I reviewed her artwork and the concept of 'Generate Resilience,' I discovered elements that resonated with this project's focus on humanity and the integration of natural, environmental, and amphibian metaphors - thriving on both land and water.I have witnessed her exceptional talent in architecture and her genuine willingness to help others. It is an absolute pleasure for me to collaborate and working with her.
Within this project, the arch part does not heavily rely on structural elements but instead utilizes a 'soft system' in textiles. We have discovered a natural way to seamlessly integrate this installation with the environment. Adopting an efficient design approach, we allow the textiles to flow freely. Initially, I designed it to be hung in front of Seamen's Hall, creating a direct visual impact on the audience. However, we still face challenges due to limitations in the outdoor digital system. After careful consideration, our team has decided on the 'Nelson Stair,' which holds historical significance and aligns with the circular form of a 'Brain,' accompanied by music rhythm, representing both the environment and cultural elements.
Beyond the aesthetic appeal lies a deeper contemplation of human existence and the world we inhabit. The juxtaposition of contrasting elements serves as a metaphorical reflection of the intricate complexities within our own lives. Through this visual dialogue, the artist implores viewers to embrace and celebrate the inherent contradictions that make us who we are, encouraging a broader exploration of personal identity and societal norms.
" I hope the installation offers a unique sensory experience to individuals, simultaneously giving them a moment of deep silence while inviting them to challenge how our body and mind 'normally' engages with music and design amidst the chaos of everyday life." ___Alisha Raman, Architect
With an architectural mindset and a focus on textiles design, we continually inspire and motivate each other, searching for the common elements that connect our disciplines. This collaborative exploration allows us to blend the structural aspects of architecture with the dynamic and tactile nature of textiles. By embracing this cross-pollination of ideas, we uncover innovative ways to integrate these seemingly divergent fields, ultimately creating synergistic designs that harmoniously merge form and fabric. This interdisciplinary approach sparks fresh perspectives, propelling us to push the boundaries of both architecture and textiles, and ultimately leading to the creation of captivating and functional spaces that celebrate the beauty of both disciplines.____ Project curator, and Artistic Designer : Amelia Peng, RCA MA Textiles.
MA Architecture ‘22 Royal College of Art
Moving between the UK and India, Alisha is pursuing an MA Architecture degree at the Royal College of Art. A passionate advocate for inclusivity and community empowerment, she strives to open up space for marginalised individuals and equip them with a platform for self-expression.
Before coming to London for higher studies, she practised at Studio AtpX, which Alisha founded alongside her partner Sarvesh Singh. Her practice explores the intersection of sustainability, emergence, and rural urbanism. Her professional journey has taken her across countries, from India to Japan and South Africa to California and through a diverse portfolio of projects ranging from furniture pieces, interior design, and installations to research on peri-urban Udaipur with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and CPR India.
As architect, What are your thoughts on this project collaboration, and what inspired you from "Music-Mind-Textile" artwork?
It has been a joy to have collaborated with the Inner Peace team. Working alongside Amelia and the talented group of musicians, artists, and engineers has been an inspiring experience. Amelia's creative appetite and tenacity have not only pushed the boundaries of textile design, but also created a space for meaningful artistic exploration. This collaboration has also expanded my perception of design, particularly in the realm of textiles.
What message or actions do you hope audiences take away from visiting ‘Mind-music-textile?’
I hope the installation offers a unique sensory experience to individuals, simultaneously giving them a moment of deep silence while inviting them to challenge how our body and mind 'normally' engages with music and design amidst the chaos of everyday life.