Student Ambassadors in Nottingham-Conference “In this Place”
Kanika Kaul and Sitara Shah from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) attended as Cumulus Student Ambassadors the Cumulus conference “In this Place” April 27 – May 1, 2016. Here some of their reflections. Towards the end of the reports you can find nice featured videos and pp-presentation made by Kanika and Sitara.
Cumulus Nottingham 2016: In This Place
With suitcases full of sweaters and excitement, Sitara and I travelled a rather long way to attend Cumulus Nottingham 2016: In This Place. I cannot express in words the thrill of travelling to another country and being exposed to a whole new culture & people. Not only was the conference something to look forward to, even the experience of being in Nottingham was amazing.
The town is a perfect mix of the modern and the classic, bustling with students, welcoming & friendly. Walking around Nottingham was like out of a book for me. The cold weather of course was something I had never experienced before, being from a tropical country like India. Every morning, we would take a different route walking from the hotel to NTU, which was an interesting way to see the city, and I felt truly welcome. Not having to worry about organisation and planning this time, I got to really immerse myself in the creative atmosphere around the University.
We attended the X Files Working group on day one, which gave us the opportunity to meet policy makers from all over the world. It really is immensely overwhelming to be able to sit in a room full of people who are making such a large scale difference in the world.
A particularly inspiring talk was by artist and NTU alumnus, Wolfgang Buttress, presenting his project The Hive: a structure that brought together art, science, sound, architecture, engineering and landscape through an immersive and multi-sensory experience.
Apart from the talks, the Gala dinner night was one of my favourite experiences of Nottingham! I wore traditional Indian clothes, which were appreciated by many, and I got to know the members of the Cumulus Board in a more personal way which was so much fun. Leaving Nottingham was with a heavy heart, and I thank Cumulus for giving us the opportunity to attend such an enriching conference.
My journey with Cumulus began first in 2015 as a volunteer for the even held in Mumbai that taught me how to function in pressure, overlook all the other activities as an overall co-ordinator as well as gave me a sense of responsibility. My next experience with Cumulus was in the year 2016 again! But this time as an ambassador from India! My experience with Cumulus 2016 – ‘In this Place’, Nottingham was delightful! As an ambassador, my role was to spread the awareness about the event, get people to participate in it and also provide fresh ideas to get people to relate with the theme.
‘In this place’ is all about memories, time, experiences, places, But all of this doesn’t exist without people. People + Space makes it a place. So I decided to ask people all around Nottingham about their favourite place and their connection with it. I took my camera and for the next couple of days documented how they would feel if they suddenly lost their favourite place. What we received from them was very beautiful! People showed all kinds of emotions – joy, irritation, sadness, indifference.
There were places that people would even build in their head to escape from the madness around. People talked about their parents, lovers, siblings, friends in the places they had spent the best times of their life. Some even talked of being alone at a serene, warm fire place. At the end of the event we presented the video that covered some of the moments that the people of Nottingham had shred with us.
I got a chance to meet wonderful people who had contributed greatly in the field of science, architecture, design, music etc. As a designer, I learned that collaboration with others in different fields can give rise to ideas and solutions that cannot be done alone. My experience in the city was one of the most memorable one. The Nottingham Palace, Caves, Museums, night life and the people were welcoming. I am extremely privileged to be a part of such an eminent organisation and will continue to be a part of it however far it goes!
And finally nice featured videos and a power point presentation all in this link:
Cumulus student ambassadors Sitara, Kanika and Vanessa