Interface, the Academic Forum, is the medium through which students across disciplines share, discuss, and debate their ideas and concepts. We feel it is important to have a space where inter-disciplinary interaction enhances the quality and increases the scope of discussion. The issues Interface takes up range from what we consider ‘mundane’ experiences of everyday life to those considered traditionally important. The medium through which this is conducted is wide. Ranging from talks and panel discussions by prominent academicians and journalists, we have also had students host discussions which we feel can facilitate as much interaction and learning. Interface hosts movie screenings, workshops, slam poetry performances, heritage walks, installation exhibitions curated and created by students.
Creating spaces where open discussion and dialogue is possible has become a difficult but necessary task especially today. We hope to create a space where students feel free to express dissent in a constructive manner, to go beyond acceptable discursive boundaries, to question the categorisation of the ‘other’, norms that dictate ‘right’, ‘wrong’ , a 'taboo', and what makes it such.
| Co-ordinators :
Smitha Sabu, Rahel Philipose, Sreeradha Raveendran
Staff Advisors : Wafa Hamid
Interface took up the theme ‘Interrogating
Originality’ for this academic session. The theme
dealt with the ethics and legality of originality in
academia, intellectual property etc.
The society kick-started this session by an online campaign
#LetTheFresherKnow on the Facebook page to
get the newly admitted first years well acquainted
with the college. The first on campus event was
an open Slam recital. This was followed by the
Interface screened the Tedx Talk ‘Everything is a Remix’ by Kirby Ferguson. This
was followed by a discussion on recycling of ideas
in social media advertising.
Poulomi Basu, an internationally acclaimed conflict photographer
was invited to explore ‘Art and Activism in
Photography’. It was an engaging session where
students not only interacted with her and asked
many questions, but found offers to work under
Interface also organised Barter Bazaar which
saw participation from over 100 students in the
course of two days. Expanding the concept of
Barter to photocopies and notes, Interface also
launched Project Adopt a Bundle which operates
on the principle of “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”.
The society explored originality in arts with a lecture
demonstration by Jayalakshmi Eshwar, a
Bharatnatyam dancer. Two other artists featured
in this series on Art and Originality- Anpu Varkey
and Aban Raza. Anpu Varkey held a talk on ‘Graffiti
as Art?’ Aban Raza, explored studio art and
paintings that usually belong in the gallery.