Frictional Origami, Kalaghoda Arts Festival 2014, Mumbai

The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is an annual festival, held in late January or early February, in the Kala Ghoda area of South Mumbai, India.

From its inception in 1999, the Festival has grown in stature and popularity, attracting visitors and participants from other parts of the country, and the world.

The Festival is organised by the Kala Ghoda Association (a non-profit organisation that states its objectives as “physically upgrading the Kala Ghoda sub-precinct and making it the Art District of Mumbai”.

The sub-festivals feature the visual arts, dance, music, theatre, cinema, literature, lectures, seminars and workshops, heritage walks, special events for children, and a vibrant street festival.

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Modular origami is a paperfolding technique which uses two or more sheets of paper to create a larger and more complex  structure. Each individual sheet of paper is folded into a module, or unit, and then modules are assembled into an integrated flat shape or three-dimensional structure.

These insertions create tension or friction that holds the model together.

The exhibit was exploring lighting prototypes created through such frictional joinery of modular origami units.

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Process:

The process involved folding strips of paper into triangles which are combined to form hexagons and pentagons. The pentagonal and hexagonal modules are further joined using paper strips to create the final form.

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Project Team:
Arjun Rathi, Harshita Jhamthani, Namrata Sehgal, Esha Indulkar, Pratha Bhagat, Udit Shah, Aditi Anuj, Neeraj Tiwari, Sasmit Makar, Prachi Sanghvi, Riddhi Shah, Sneha Chhatre, Vivek Agarwal, Mukesh Mankane, Ashish Bird, Shruti Karani, Nilam Wani, Maseera Lambe, Arpita Shete, Devanshi Dhanak, Charul Mehta, Miloni Doshi, Jay Shah, Chetana Kothari, Aayushi Sejpal, Siddharth Shewade, Devanshi Saravya, Avni Raut, Orko Roy, Shaina Rueben, Sameedha Mahajan, Sanika Ghaisas, Sanskaara Lalvani, Aishwarya Jamkhedkar, Danay Kamdar, Tasneem Gabajiwala, Shreya Ambare, Jash Veera, Mihir Desai, Dhwani Kamdar, Ishani Lodhavia, Forum Parekh, Maria Talib, Ruchita Jain, Samiksha Chavan, Devanshi Dhanak, Nishita Chaudhari

Year Completed: 2014

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