Art That Craves Your Attention

988669_10152882434160652_1893030052_nWelcome to another Tuesday with TED. Today we have artist and TED Fellow Aparna Rao. As part of the Bangalore-based artist duo Pors & Rao, Rao works with electro-mechanical systems and interactive installations.

With the clever use of technology, Rao creates art installations that let people experience familiar objects and interactions in refreshingly humorous ways. From her sound-sensitive “Pygmies” to her 2-person “Uncle Phone,” Rao’s work encourages participation rather than spectatorship. By combining high-tech and high-art, she imbues her creations with playful expression and quirky behaviors.

Rao studied at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India, and at Interaction Design Institute in Italy. In 2005, she partnered with Soren Pors and they’ve worked in collaboration ever since as Pors & Rao.

In this charming talk, Rao shows us her latest work: cool, cartoony sculptures (with neat robotic tricks underneath them) that play with your perception — and crave your attention. Take a few minutes to simply be delighted.

I just loved this talk and found Rao funny and absolutely fascinating. Did you enjoy her art? Did this talk inspire new avenues in your creativity? Leave a comment below.

Until next time,
Cynthia Patton 

About Cynthia J. Patton

Writer, Editor, Advocate, Speaker, Special Needs Attorney, and Autism Mom. Also the Founder and Chairperson of Autism A to Z, a nonprofit providing resources and solutions for life on the spectrum.
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