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My Portfolio and My Statement

Hi, My name is Micah

the snippet I give when they ask for a short bio

Micah Alex (he/him) aspires to be a maintainer among various collectives learning to nurture conversations, efforts and people. He works with these collectives in the domains of open community technology(Janastu,) , human rights in the inclusive digital(Design Beku), art-based design practice(Agamashaala), archival, and annotation(Milli) and creative place-based research undertaken in the Dakkhani region (Living Labs Network and Forum). He also freelances as a content writer, proofreader, and copywriter.

Art

Evergreen Notes

  • The Imposter Among Us
  • Speculative Storytelling in WayanadSpeculative Storytelling in Wayanad
    While studying the Paniya community in Kerala, I was first introduced to the severity of caste issues in India. I have covered all my research about the tribe here The Disenfranchisement of Adivasis in KeralaThe Disenfranchisement of Adivasis in Kerala

    Disclaimer: I have put links to the referred journals and articles wherever I can. It may not be possible to read all of them at a go so I recommend reading through the article and then choosing the links you want to read.
    A Literature Review
    These were some readings and anecdotes that set the foundation of my knowledge about that tribe. This is an annotated list of these readings and the things I learnt from them
    Population

    The scheduled tribes’ population in Kerala is (4.85 ...
    trying to find ties between their past oppressive histories and their current conditions.

    With this project in particular, I have also written a complimentary piece that fills up a lot of the gaps here <iframe src="https://www.behance.net/gallery/76085663/Speculative-Storytelling...
  • Making The Invisible Visible Around An RO PlantMaking The Invisible Visible Around An RO Plant
    We explore while thinking through technology, the unseen costs of RO plants. The technology that is solving the problem of water quality at scale in Karnataka –  might be higher than we think


    My contribution: #ArduinoProgramming, #Workshop, #ContentCreation, #Writing
  • Compost Magazine - Technofutures from BidarCompost Magazine - Technofutures from Bidar
    This piece is a group reflection of a project run in Bidar, India, to set up a community mesh network facilitated by Living Labs Network and Forum, and Janastu/Servelots.

    This local mesh network was to act as an intranet of local informal archives that would collectively function as a knowledge network. These archives come from various communities in Bidar and their knowledge practices. During the course of the project, we came to see both the limitations of technology but also the potential...
  • Commoning the Inbetweens- Compost PitchCommoning the Inbetweens- Compost Pitch
    Commoning the Inbetweens: Compost Pitch

    Commoning Digital Spaces is a good first step. But it has to go much further than that. Our experiences with implementing a community-owned mesh network in Bidar brought up questions that really don't fit into the neo-liberal imaginations of internetworking. In projects like these, spaces have to be made for the people, the place and their histories with each other.


    But Digital Commoning might also bring out new imaginations of how technology can be...
  • The Disenfranchisement of Adivasis in KeralaThe Disenfranchisement of Adivasis in Kerala

    Disclaimer: I have put links to the referred journals and articles wherever I can. It may not be possible to read all of them at a go so I recommend reading through the article and then choosing the links you want to read.
    A Literature Review
    These were some readings and anecdotes that set the foundation of my knowledge about that tribe. This is an annotated list of these readings and the things I learnt from them
    Population

    The scheduled tribes’ population in Kerala is (4.85 ...

The collectives and people I work with

  • Living Labs Network and Forum - Living Labs is transdisciplinary research network in the Dakkhani Region. We collectively engage in a creative place-based research and design practice. Looking for alternative ways to look at development especially through the ideas of specificity and inheritance. - I help with admin work, research on ground, talking to partners, tooling, publishing and maintenance
  • Janastu Servelots - Janastu Servelots works with Technology for Good and Community Networks. We work to adapt, imagine and renarrate technologies to fit the contexts they are deployed in. - I help with content writing, illustrations, tooling and running workshops
  • Milli - We are working with archives and annotations and developing an open source platform to bring new ways of interacting with archives. - I work on UI/UX research and design
  • Design Beku - Design Beku is a multidisciplinary collective working in the intersections of design, technology, human rights and urban design reimagining new ways of working with care - I help with documentation, research work, admin work and maintenance
  • Agamashaala - Agamashaala is a art and design collective working with a physical community space in Yelahanka - I work with content management, process design, admin work and maintenance

Seedling Ideas that you can contribute to

  • Technological Terms and their MetaphorsTechnological Terms and their Metaphors

    Bug
    Screen
    [[Battery - meanings through time and onward]]
    Charge-ing (re-)
    Code


  • Alternative Narrative SystemsAlternative Narrative Systems
    What narrative systems exist outside 3-act hero's journey?
    Narrative Systems

    Affective-Expressive Systems
    * Seed:
    * #Read
    * [[Bank.Tale of Genji]] - Narrative Systems are unique
    * #ReadAlt
    * Tale of Genji Audiobook
    * Manga - Dreams at Dawn (Asaki yumemishi) by Yamato Waki
    Magical Realism

  • Storytelling in non-linear waysStorytelling in non-linear ways
    Storytelling in non-linear ways

    Callbacks in Stand-up
    Indian Stories

    Caavad
    Plot as protagonist




    Virtual Reality





    Melding of Realities

    [[A rape in cyberspace]]


    Virtual environments
    Choice as a plot device
    Thick descriptions done badly

    Done well:
    "So that when the time came, at 7 p.m. PST on the evening of the third day after the occurrence in the living room, to...

Archives

  • Designer's AceDesigner's Ace
    This was a project from a team of people that were all aspiring to be a part of a design school someday, somewhere.

    It was set of 101 cards designed to build design thinking in young aspirants.

    The problem we were trying to solve was to break the notion that only “creative” people (who been drawing and sketching for all their life) can become designers, we worked with a few designers to see the traits that were most effective in designers and then we planned tasks to build up those traits.
    ...
  • Carpooling Unalone - KarwaanCarpooling Unalone - Karwaan
    We explore how communities are formed, why carpooling hasn’t seen commercial success in India yet? In doing so, we design a community-based carpooling solution that uses events to bring these communities together.


    Why hasn’t carpooling gained popularity in India?


    After some secondary research, we extracted some possible answers to this question. We looked at many things like:

    • What do Potential carpoolers want?
    • Who are the kinds of passengers that would potentially pool a ride?
    • Wh...
  • Condom Ads- A CommentaryCondom Ads- A Commentary
    Condom Ads: A Commentary

    Disclaimer: Might have wild claims, please ignore. Storing it for the archive.


    Introduction
    Public sector condoms appeared on the market in the late 1960s when Hindustan Latex Corporation in Kerala was established to manufacture the Nirodh condom. At this time, condoms were privately manufactured and sold at high prices, it was accessible at a cost of 25 paise by a few wealthier populations while population growth rate was highest among the lower income groups.

    ...
  • Trustworthy AI- A Sensory FirewallTrustworthy AI- A Sensory Firewall
    @KirtiKaushik and I participated in a Design Hackathon to think about Trustworthy AI.
    This was our project, an AI+AR module with a sound attachment that would work as a firewall to the overloading and hijacking of senses.




    [Disclaimer: the ethics of this are just horrible. Don't do this.]