New business cards, press, panel, grants and more.

The past six months have been filled with new ideas, people, processes and projects. Here is a quick run through of some of the things that we’ve been busy with.

In May, we won the acclaimed Artplace America grant. The 54 organizations that received grants were selected from over 1200 applications. The grant made it possible for us to move forward with our urban intervention project Silent Lights which goes up at the intersection of Park Avenue and Navy St by the end of this year.

Early August we moved our interactive audio visual piece Wise Words to the New York office of Arup, a global engineering and design firm with offices all over the world. The project was installed in the lobby where visitors could interact with the piece hear the carefully crafted stories of immigration, survival, love, loss and life in general. A small piece in Arup Connect, the online Arup magazine explains the process of installation. Wise Words will be showcased in the Arup office till the beginning of spring next year.

Wise Words at the Arup office lobby

Wise Words at the Arup office lobby

In August, Ria Rajan, a talented designer and writer who worked with Shagun on her design blog designwala offered to come help us out for a few weeks while on her way to Burning Man. She helped conduct research around New York storefronts. This included taking pictures, talking to store teams and general user observations. The objective of this study was to understand current market trends in the usage of store front windows and identify potential product opportunities. You can see her research here.

In September, we were featured in the PSFK future of light study that explores light’s potential to improve lives, build communities, and connect people in new and meaningful ways.

On October 8th we participated in the future of work panel organized by the architecture firm Fxfowle as a part of the World Architecture Day. Our point of view pertained to the role of new technologies in defining the future of work. We discussed  how coworking spaces and internet have made it possible for small businesses like ours to exist.

We’ve also been working towards defining our identity. Urban Matter Inc has new business cards designed by the talented Jennifer Leartanasan. Our new website is in the works and will launch early spring next year.

We also worked on social media art installation project for the amazing and inspiring Feast conference through a Rockefeller Foundation grant. At present we are working on an art piece in collaboration with an American Bangladeshi artist Fariba Alam. The piece will be shown at her solo show in New Delhi on Dec 12th and later in Mumbai. More on both those projects soon.