Ritwik Kaikini

Ritwik Kaikini is a sound designer, musician and artist studying Arts and Technology at University of Texas at Dallas. After graduating with a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from BMS College of Engineering in India , he completed the Film Appreciation Course at FTII (Film and Television Institute of India). While working in radio advertising at Shankh Studios, Mumbai, India (Lingo India Pvt Ltd), his interests eventually coalesced into the multidisciplinary world of cinema, arts and sciences. He is presently involved in music, sound design, film, art-science, phenomenology and philosophy of sound. Presently, he works as an Art-Science Communicator for ArtSciLab and a Producer for Creative Disturbance, a multi-lingual podcast initiative for the arts and sciences hosted by the ArtSciLab at The University of Texas at Dallas. He is also an active proponent of sound art practice at LabSynthE, under the direction of Dr. Frank Dufour and Xtine Burrough. LabSynthE is a laboratory of experimental attention combining new media, sound art and poetry.

Degree: 

BE Mechanical engineering (2010-2014) , MA Arts and Technology (2016-2018)

Studying: Arts and Technology, specializing in sound design and phenomenology

Areas of Expertise: Sound Design, Film making, Art-Science Communication

Contributions: Micro Lux Chants, Gari(a multilingual Indian Channel on Creative Disturbance), Creative Disturbance, Data Stethoscope

Accomplishments in the lab: 

2016-2018: Conceptualized and leaded the multidisciplinary Bio-Sound-Art project – Micro Lux Chants, which is a new form of research investigating the use of the medium of sound and music as a data interpretation technique to study the life cycle of bioluminescent bacterium- Aliivibrio Fischeri. Currently, the project is being led by Brian Merlo.

2016-2017: Worked under Ashton Brillante as the Junior Sound Designer for Creative Disturbance, and helped in editing and publishing over 30 podcasts on different channels.

2017-2018: Worked as the Senior Sound Designer and Production manager for Creative Disturbance. Handled a team of two junior sound designers and maintained a production pipeline to regularly publish podcasts.
Presented Micro Lux Chants at the RAW conference twice(2017 and 2018), held by the department of Arts and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas.
Won an honorary mention award for the pop up locker exhibit in the ATEC building. Micro Lux Chants was exhibited in one of the lockers.
Presented NoemaScope, an audio-video immersive installation done in collaboration with Prof Andrew Scott at the ATEC 3D studio. I did the sound design and projection mapping for this project and also included the bioluminescent bacteria time-lapse footage in the installation.
Worked on a science communication video for the Data Stethoscope project.