KIX stands for Knowledge Integration Museum Exhibition. It’s a yearly project culminating in an exhibition, in which the 3rd year students of the Knowledge Integration demonstrate their interests and/or acquired skill sets or personalities through a variety of media. The first of the yearly activities begins with a trip to a foreign city to study museum exhibition; my class (class of 2011) chose Amsterdam and went there for a couple of weeks to study various museum exhibits.
They studied the typography, layout, lighting, content, the traffic patterns of these museums; and over the period of 8 months formed teams, built a theme, topic, made a storyboard and finally constructed their designs in the form of their very own exhibits and opened it to the general public. I had previously blogged about my museum experience here for those who are interested. This year’s batch of KI students went to Berlin and recently exhibited their project and this is their story.
Upon arriving at the exhibit, the first thing that I noticed was how differently this years exhibitions were presented – first they had more individuals in each team and less number teams overall. This afforded them more space to work with and I think they made the best use of the space and this improved the general flow of the exhibition making it a lot more fluid that our exhibition last year.
There were 4 exhibitions on display this year.
1. On Choices and Chocolate
2. Playing With Values
3. Projective Techniques
4. Under Pressure
1. On Choices and Chocolate
This had to be one of the most visually pleasing exhibits that I visited at the fair. I was very impressed with the design elements that went into this exhibition, from the environmental details, the music of the rainforest, the realistic looking chocolate factory equipment filled with brown paint, and finally the reward of the chocolate at the very end which was a very nice touch. I was wondering when I was going to get some chocolate and BAM – my expectations were met!
Most of you already know that I am doing a minor in knowledge integration, mainly because I don’t miss an opportunity to tell people about it even if they don’t want to know. As I had explained in my video earlier, Knowledge Integration is an interdisciplinary program that combines arts, design, and science to teach skills that will equip students to understand, solve problems, communicate effectively, and be able to adapt to a changing complex world. Why did I do it? Because I wanted to achieve something besides an engineering degree. I didn’t want to do the management science (MSci) option as its already being overused by many many engineers and besides when I go to business school, I will probably learn them again anyways. KI was initially introduced to me by my dad, Thank you dad. My dad is huge education enthusiast, for those who do get the pleasure of meeting him will know about his passion for education.
A talk about the program knowledge integration(KI) . This was my first, out of series of talks that I had delivered for my Speech Communication class.