|Anirudh Anshu Asthana BEng Hons MA PGDip|
Artist, musician and systems engineer, with an interest in alternative culture, multimedia and community architecture. My current focus is on creative social regeneration and forming a girl band. My alias is Trip.|
A Levels, Maths, Physics, Art (AAA) - The Manchester Grammar School.
I am an alumnus of Christ College, Cambridge but left after the first year to pursue a more vocational education in Manchester, the birthplace of the computer, the industrial revolution and the rave scene.
BEng(Hons) - Software Systems Engineering - University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
MA(Pgdip) Creative Technology - Salford University.
I have a mensa tested IQ of 175.
Amaze Ltd - 3 years - Navigation specialist, Human Computer Interaction Designer, Flash designer & developer working on large scale multimedia projects. Clients included Saatchi & Saatchi, Volkswaagen, PWC and Autonomy.
The first flash website I ever developed was a guide to global change management, entitled Jumping the Curve. You can see it here.
Disney and Sony Playstation - I worked full time as an online games designer.
Stickee - Creative director, working with clients such as the BBC and Sky.
Ashridge Business School - Developed interactive learning guides for MBA courses and worked with lecturers on helping to express complex concepts using multimedia and animation.
Investor Dynamics - 4 years - Worked as part of core entrepeneurial team directly under the CEO developing statistical interfaces for real time tracking of corporate activity and global market feedback. I was also mentored in business strategy and methodologies by the CEO, a qualified engineer, chartered accountant and City Banker with a masters degree in Business (MBA).
Intellegri (Qinetiq) - Developed business visualisation systems. The company operated out of the stables at Hampton Court Palace and was funded by an international arms dealer. When I realised this I left.
For a full working portfolio see www.vectorzoo.com.
In 2007, I decided to leave my commercial career behind to become a busker, protester and activist, spending time on protest sites in Brecon, Wales, Parliament Square and Nine Ladies. I became involved in the Rainbow movement and the Squatter, D.I.Y and Rave scene of London.
I volunteered for one year with St. Mungos, a homeless charity, where I ran music and writing workshops with Sarah Bush. We worked on an art and poetry magazine for residents, Homeless Diamonds. Later I worked with Sarah, Claudia Moseley and Steph Smith on the Treehouse Gallery, a social arts project in Regent's Park.
I have exhibited work I later destroyed at T.A.A, with the DA collective and in various squatted art galleries around London. See the art is in the tea for more information.
I also ran a website, theLondonUnderground.net for several years reporting on the underground, D.I.Y and alternative music scene in London.
I have smashed three guitars atop Primrose Hill, been held in a mental institution twice and invoked Lucifer as part of a kaballistic ritual (once).
Extra curricular activities
I am a musician and artist. I have a Radio Amateur B licence and am an SIA approved door supervisor. I have worked as security on the psychedelic trance and techno scenes with a number of crews including Acid Monkey and E1S Techno. I don't cook and am a terrible gardener. I don't give a shit about the Olympics. If you ask me to make you a cup of tea there's a good chance you won't get it.