I create engaging learning experiences for art & design students

I discuss design process, formulating personal design/research statement focus, game design, poetic & analogical thinking and methods for idea generation. Storyflock is my first venture. Sayobi, a furniture and product design startup, is coming soon!

Poetic & Analogical Thinking

I have written poetry for some time and also written a bit on poetry and poetic thought. I share this experience in the classroom. The capacity to think poetically and analogically can enrich the set of thinking tools that a student can use in a wide-range of fields.

Non-Meaning & Ambiguity

In the complex times that we live in, many times it is difficult to associate a precise meaning with our experience. As practitioners we have to be able to understand and process this state.

Abstraction & Analogy

Abstraction and drawing analogies is very helpful to be able to imagine the unknown. One can gesture towards an experience without specifying it. These abilities can be sharpened with exercises as well as exposure.

Writing Exercises

The poetic can be appreciated only in a limited way theoretically. For an understanding of the poetic frame of mind, one has to write poetry. The poetic is not a subset of poetry – but poetry is a reliable point of access.

Modes of Teaching & Facilitation

Students, young professionals and the curious (inside and outside Universities) can engage to explore and extend their creative lives.

Reflection

I create opportunities for students to reflect on their short and long-term interests through reading and writing.

Analysis

Analysing a corpus of data for insights is not a trivial task. Most students are not equipped to perform this task without some specific help.

Write & Iterate

Writing, revision and iteration are valuable form of self-discovery. Through workshops I help students in understanding these skills well.

Modes of teaching in the art & design context

Formulating a Personal Research Statement

Students need to be exposed to concrete processes to help them explore and discover their research interests.

Reflection

I create opportunities for students to reflect on their short and long-term interests through reading and writing.

Analysis

Analysing a corpus of data for insights is not a trivial task. Most students are not equipped to perform this task without some specific help.

Write & Iterate

Writing, revision and iteration are valuable form of self-discovery. Through workshops I help students in understanding these skills well.

Methods for Idea Generation

Ideation is assumed to be a spontaneous activity. But it is not. Practitioners need to generate different kinds of ideas everyday. To generate a spark constantly, a method should be followed. I share some such possible methods.

Know Methods

A lot of creative thinking methods have been developed by design thinkers worldwide. Different methods are good in different scenarios. I share many of these methods and help with creating a personal idea-generation toolkit.

Practice

Creative Thinking methods need to practised constantly. The dynamism of the method cannot be captured entirely in its description, a part of the method can only be known experientially. We create such experiences.

Team-Processes

Brainstorming is often done in multi-functional teams. How can contribute to such a team effort effectively?

Idea generation methods and processes - what they involve and what they yeild?

Design Process

How to conduct a design thinking process iteratively and methodically to solve problems in stages? How to think in versions and balance design effort as well as need for an outcome? How to make a project roadmap?

Experiment

Experimentation is the key to design innovation. Iterative and problem-solving based experimentation leads to new insights.

Discover

Discovering new potential is a passion for me! Discovery-oriented reading, writing and research is one of the key skills that I help cultivating.

Co-learn

The classroom of the future is undeniably biased towards co-learning. Co-learning is one of the only solutions to bridging India’s knowledge gaps.

Interests & Availability

Public Art, Open-source, Writing, Artist-in-residence programs, Reading, Digital Fabrication, Board games, Performance, Digital Publishing, Storytelling, Self-hosting…

I am available for the following

Teaching

I am available for teaching engagements on a visiting or adjunct basis. My interests and capacities are mentioned on this page.

Coaching

I am available for personal or group coaching for cultivating creativity, design thinking ability and building thought-leadership.

Collaboration

I am open to collaborate on exciting projects which offer me something new to learn and experiment! Do reach out.

Research

Both before and after action in any domain is taken, comprehensive information about the field is desired. I can perform studies which analyse the history and decode the potential of different fields.

Fields of expertise: Culture, Education & Publishing

Consulting

Building on my capacity of performing research and conduction learning experiences, I consult with startups and non-profits in different capacities.

Fields of expertise: Culture, Education & Publishing

Mentoring

Young creative practioners need guidance, provocation and exposure to find their language and capacity. Self-learners and even university students, who are pursuing a personal learning objectives, such mentorship can be very helpful.

Fields of expertise: Culture, Education & Publishing

Highlights Of Past Work

Journal

Learning insights, design exercises, fiction &  new inititives.

Interactions, conversations & presentations.

Views of some collaborators, readers and students

I worked with Prayas at Khoj when creating the first playable section from our sprawling narrative project, called Somewhere. And then later at SIDE in Jaipur, where we collaborated on a short experimental game called Menagerie.

It is in dialogues with him, and in subsequent interactions that I was able to create a framework for a form of literary reading of game processes, which has become a central thesis of our subsequent work.

Prayas' writings (especially from the Museum of Vestigial Desire) continue to remain a lasting inspiration, and I find his texts a perspicacious revision of ideas about Memory, Computation, Language and History.
Dhruv Jani
Game Designer, Oleomingus
Closure been quite significant to me, especially over this past month.

It's been something I find myself going back to over and over again.

It's really beautiful.
Rishika Anchalia
Internet Reader
Prayas mentored us during interactive art project at NID. discussions with Prayas were challenging my monotonous patterns of thinking which resulted in developing multiple and more interesting ways to see, think and articulate.

Discussing ideas with Prayas has always been interesting for me as he presents a very unique world developed through his own body of work.
Bhargav Padhiyar
M.Des. (New Media Design) Student, at National Institute of Design, India
Contact
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About

Prayas Abhinav is an artist, teacher and entrepreneur. He has been professionally active for the last 10+ years. At present, he is working on a startup called Storyflock.in that has interests in e-learning, applied research and novel forms of content development. He has worked in the last few years on numerous pieces of speculative fiction, software, games, interactive installations, public interventions and curatorial projects (see practice). He has written extensively on poetic thought as a form of lingual communication (see interest in poetic thought). He contributed to research and projects at northeastwestsouth (n.e.w.s) (Amsterdam, NL). He has conducted workshops at Centre for Environmental Planning Technology (CEPT) (Ahmedabad), Dutch Art Institute (Arnhem, NL), MICA (Ahmedabad) and National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad & Bangalore). In the past, he led the Centre for Experimental Media Arts (CEMA) at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore (see teaching). He is the initiator and the Director of the Museum of Vestigial Desire.

He has developed his research and practice with the support of fellowships by Sarai/CSDS, Openspace Pune, the Center for Experimental Media Arts (CEMA), TED and Lucid (see research). He has been in residencies at Khoj (India), Coded Cultures (Austria) and dis-locate (Japan). He has shared his work at festivals including Transmediale, 48c, Futuresonic, ISEA and Wintercamp.

He lives with his family (wife, son and dogs) in Ahmedabad (India).

My CV.

National Institute of Design, MICA, DAI Roaming Academy, Indus University, CEPT University, Srishti School of Art Desogn and Technology
Prayas Abhinav has taught at some of these institutions