WE’VE COME TOGETHER

from different walks of life to facilitate it all. The Story of Space is a volunteer-run project. We have adopted sociocracy as a way of working together.

 

Deshna Mehta

Deshna Mehta

General Circle

Deshna is a visual artist with a passion for photography, writing and curation. After having graduated from the Royal College of Art in London, she moved back to India seeking to find meaning within her own design practice. This led to a focus of working primarily for and within the cultural, social, medical, educational and environmental zones which subsequently led to the inception of a design and publishing initiative, Anugraha, that responds to this philosophy and serves as a platform to encourage and undertake collaborative practices in the field of visual art, design and research.

She believes that essence of everything tangible lies in the intangible; and that magic resides in the ephemeral, the elusive, the unseen, the emotive, the experiential and the subtle; which is what she aspires to experience  and express through her engagement at The Story of Space. The quest is to reconnect to the self through the many tangible connections and exchanges that unfold in the form of interactions bringing varied perspectives to the fore.

Reach her at deshna@thestoryof.org

Shrinivas A

Shrinivas A

General Circle

Shrini is a creative visualiser. artist & experimenter based in Goa, India. He finds the creative process extremely satisfying, perhaps even more than the final form. His current scope of work includes graphic design, illustration, paper engineering, environmental graphic murals, documentary films and photography.
“An Artist’s task is to bear witness to the universe…”– Mark Strand

Reach him at shrinivas@thestoryof.org

Jaya Ramchandani

Jaya Ramchandani

General Circle

Jaya Ramchandani is an educator, editor, and curator discovering the universe, through science, philosophy, and looking inward. She’s studied physics (bachelor’s) and astronomy (master’s) and is a certified secondary general science and physics teacher. She’s been involved in and regularly works with several innovative science platforms like Universe Awareness (by Leiden University, The Netherlands), which illustrates the multicultural origins of modern astronomy in an effort to broaden children’s minds, awaken their curiosity in science and stimulate global citizenship and tolerance; Sterrenlab, which organizes science laboratories, field trips, games, DIY activities, and maker spaces; Open Science Center,  an engaging learning space based on open standards: open architecture, open education, open technology & open science; and AstroEdu (by International Astronomical Union), a peer-reviewed astronomy education platform. She co-founded The Story Of to see science and philosophy share the same space and inspire discussions between scientists, philosophers, artists, and the public so that the abstract in our universe can be brought under the public eye.

Reach her at jaya@thestoryof.org

Rahul Gudipudi

Rahul Gudipudi

General Circle

Rahul is a mixed media artist and curator based in Bangalore, with a history in practice from the polarities of robotics and photography. He brings a pluralist perspective/voice into his curatorial work. Bridging extremes of forms and practices like those of mechatronic art that contrast or merge with traditional forms and practices and merge their supposed experiences, he works to bring together artists of disparate disciplines and media —and artists of varying experience within their media, seeking inspiration from all forms of cultural, political, human and social stimuli.

He has contributed to various public art projects, both as an artist and as a curator, and from these experiences, has explored the value of geo-cultural contexts, the physicality of the spaces themselves, their inhabitants, and the collective history they represent. Through this footing, he approaches ideas or observations of congruence in notions of identity and perception, and also multi-formal communication across these various participants and their subjective experiences. He also engages with ‘The White Cubes’: working and developing pieces and processes across artistic mediums, to re-engage with these arenas and prosceniums; break rigid notions of expectations, definitions, boundaries and aspire to experientially introduce critique, commentary or dialogue between the content, context, form and audience.

Reach him at rahul@thestoryof.org

Shaira Sequeira Shetty

Shaira Sequeira Shetty

General Circle

Shaira Sequeira Shetty is an independent media and cultural research professional with experience in diverse fields including documentary research, script writing, video shooting and editing; book editing and more recently working in the alternative arts space. She has a Masters in Media and Cultural Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and has taught ­­­­undergraduates. Her preference is to work in the non-profit and social space. Human relationships and their interconnectedness to the universe is a preoccupation that fascinates her. The inexplicable mysteries and secrets of our cosmic world and the sheer labyrinth of undiscovered knowledge about our existence drive her passion for this project. More precisely the subtle links that connect humankind as also the space between us where the beauty and magic happens have always been unanswered questions. So whether it’s science, philosophy, art or culture that assist us in catching a fleeting glimpse of something colossal or of something microscopic, there can only be a new world to see; and perhaps then we can begin to understand this world. Reach him at shaira@thestoryof.org
Akshay Roongta

Akshay Roongta

General Circle

Akshay is an industrial designer and design researcher, and has worked in the areas of renewable energy, sanitation and hygiene amongst others. He’s interested in how organisations constantly learn from what they do, and others, especially elevating stories from those closest to the action.
Lina Vincent

Lina Vincent

Curation, Project Management

Lina Vincent Sunish is an art historian and curator currently based in Goa. In the last fifteen years her professional experience has been mainly in the areas of research, design, curation and public art programming. She is committed to interdisciplinary and socially engaged arts practice that reflects in the diverse projects and associations she has developed and participated in.

Her most recent curatorial consultancies are with ‘Tabiyat: Medicine and Healing in India’ (January-March 2016, CSMVS Museum Mumbai) part of Wellcome Trust’s ‘Medicine Corner’ http://medicinecorner.in/; and ‘Morphology of Archive: Connected Histories of Goa’, at Museum of Goa (MOG – February – May 2016). Selected independent curatorial projects include MEMORABILIA, Gallery Sumukha Bangalore (2014); ‘under my skin…under your skin’ selected video works by Baptist Coelho (2013-ongoing); ‘Between the Lines: Identity, Place and Power – Selections from the Waswo X Waswo Collection of Indian Printmaking’ NGMA Bangalore and Mumbai (2012-13); ‘I am Here’ an exhibition of video self portraits at Jaaga Creative Common Space, Bangalore (2011). As Associate Curator with ARTPORT_making waves (www.artport-project.org) since 2014 she has coordinated educational screenings on climate change and is developing project proposals around ‘GOOD FOOD India’.She is a curator with Artist Pension Trust (APT Global) and has designed an educational exhibition on India’s medical heritage for Trans-Disciplinary University (TDU) Bangalore, where she is adjunct faculty. Her ongoing research is on Arts Education in India, and she worked on the students section of the Kochi Muziris Biennale (2014-15). Her essays have been recently published in “Pages of a Mind: Raja Ravi Varma, Life and Expressions” (Piramal Art Foundation 2016, ISBN 978-81-930668-0-5) and “20 Indo Pak Painters You Should Know” (Millennium Media, Karachi ISBN 9789 699 976025). She currently contributes to Art & Deal (Delhi) and Nigaah Arts and Culture (Karachi/UAE).

Lina Vincent completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts (specializing in Graphic Printmaking) from the Chitrakala Institute of Advanced Studies (CIAS), at Bangalore University and a Post Graduate Degree in Art History from the same institution (2001).

Shazeb Shaikh

Shazeb Shaikh

Curation, Project Management

As an independent curator with a focus on experimental practices and processes across human endeavour, Shazeb’s explored several questions he’s had as an individual by searching for answers within original frameworks of inter-disciplinary artistic research and production. He’s been actively involved in public space projects and has been researching and developing sub-cultural practices to explore the relationship between art and culture. Most of his work is based in spontaneous creation and expression and usually involves fusing new people to create unknown situations and engineering new collective imaginations of beauty and its future.

With diversified, almost schizophrenic, interests, his projects are usually designed as long-term impact programs but even then, most of them have come to meet each other. The value of ‘experience’ is the corpus of his life and through all his attempts, this objective remains sacrosanct for himself, the artists he works with and the audience.

As a curatorial process, his projects are the canvas and the multidisciplinary artists he works with are the colours, tools, or chemicals that blend differently in different situations and combinations to produce differentiated experiences. And so the chemistry between different artists and practices urge him to play blind, as unlocking the true potential of the unexpected is what he loves the most. And maybe, this way, we will actually find the future in the present tense.

Ana Bernardo

Ana Bernardo

Curation, Film Programme

Ana got her PhD in Biology at Leiden University Medical Center (the Netherlands). She has always been proactive in promoting cross-fertilization between different sectors: arts, sciences and humanities. In the past she worked as coordinator of Leiden International Short Film Experience, and nowadays as film officer at Science London (British Science Association). Ana believes in multi-pronged approaches to the world we live in, in order to solve the challenges we face nowadays and build a more sustainable future.

Know more about her research and work:
Leiden International Short Film Festival: http://www.lisfe.nl/
Linked In: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/anambernardo

Sanjana Nanodkar

Sanjana Nanodkar

Curation, Film Programme

Growing up in different cities in India, absorbing and appreciating various cultures has been a way of life for Sanjana. As an individual as well as a designer, she draws inspiration from her interaction with people and spaces. At present she is working with a Mumbai based design and publishing studio, Anugraha, that primarily focuses on working in the cultural, social, medical, educational and environmental zones. She is a travel enthusiast with a passion for film and photography and aims to tell stories through her words and images someday.
Niketa Malhotra

Niketa Malhotra

Impact Evaluation

A knowledge seeker, Niketa believes learning can happen anytime. All one needs is awareness and an open mind. She is an impact assessment practitioner with a passion for gardening and fitness. The convergence of the human mind and body fascinates Niketa and she is pursuing it through Vipasana meditation and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Inspired after meeting Rta Kapur Chishti, Niketa has recently initiated a project to don 100 Saree drape styles (& more) that are worn by women across India. The aim of the project is to revive the traditional drapes of India and help them find a place in everyday wear. You can reach her on twitter @nikaytaa.
Abrar Burk

Abrar Burk

Evaluation, Interaction Design

Abrar is a human-centered interaction designer by day, and a tinkerer and creative coder by night. 

His interests range from design research to service & systems design, social innovation and more. Simply put, systematically identifying, articulating and addressing problems of varying scales is what he likes to do. 

With a prior background in visual communication, he can also be finicky about typography and all that comes with it.

Nupur D'souza

Nupur D'souza

Education, Outreach

Nupur is a Goa-based writer, photographer and educator. After a background in sound design and media, she immersed herself in the education sector for a period of seven years – teaching students, designing curriculum and training teachers.
 At Story of Space, she is a part of the Education Outreach team where her focus is on curating the festival for a younger audience.
Madhulika Sagaram

Madhulika Sagaram

Feedback, Evaluation, Research

Dr.Madhulika. S has a PhD in Molecular and Environmental Plant Science followed by a Master’s with triple emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction, Social and Leadership development from Texas A &M University, College Station, Texas. Her innovation in English learning using local language, culture and way of life has been listed among top 10 innovations in Asia and Africa in Secondary Education (Results for Development Institute, Washington D.C., supported by Rockefeller Foundation).  Dr.Madhulika.S has been a TEDx IIM Ranchi speaker on “Teaching with a difference” and TEDx IIT BHU speaker on “Arts based learning”.  The focus of her innovation is on the importance of education for human development with perspectives on transforming self, ideas and surroundings, and creating interdependence through an understanding of the connected world using progressive approaches such as constructivist pedagogy, Place based learning, Arts based learning and spiral learning.  Madhulika has designed and implemented Science education programs for 25,000 children in Hyderabad integrating arts based learning with Science and Mathematics. She has also developed pedagogy to accelerate learning for children especially focused on enhancing the pace of emotional development to reach age appropriate levels. The pedagogy focused on accelerated learning enables the learner to reach age appropriate levels and standards according to grade level expectations along with the required emotional development.

Ishan Mudgal

Ishan Mudgal

Exhibition Design

Ishan is an Exhibition Design student at The National Institute of Design.
Driven by an intense urge to know how the world works, from  science to human psychology, he cherishes the coming together of art, science, music, philosophy and a variety of other fields.
Optimistic and ever curious, he thrives off interaction and loves meeting people from different cultures, ideologies and
perspectives.
Rocio Martin Ruiz-Jarabo

Rocio Martin Ruiz-Jarabo

Advice, Exhibition Design

A Chartered Architect (COAM), Graduated with1st class honours (UPM), holding a Master on Urban Design; spent an academic extra year at Bartlett school of London (UCL), from where she started publishing essays on CIRCO, edited by renown architects Tuñón+Mansilla, followed by many other collaborations with specialized media.

Later on she would direct a magazine specialized in art, design and architecture, and a bilingual newspaper specialized in architecture, later sold out to China.

As an architect, has worked as freelance- creative architect in lead, for several relevant architecture offices, first for singular projects on art&design related areas, then moved to social housing and finally to public spaces design and exhibition spaces design –FOC Summer Festival 2017, NID Exhibition Spaces 2015/16, Raffles Singapore Exhibitions & displays 2013/15, ID Exhibitions Casa Decor 2011, Shanghai International Exhb. 2010, Bienal di Venezia 2002-, and open/public space environments -MDN Creative City, Veronica Rudge Green Prize Harvard University Award Madrid River Front Urban&Public Spaces Design, UNESCO Tajo River Reintegration in Toledo-. Human behaviour & needs is the key main characteristic of her interests and values,  core aspect in her creative focus and approaches/ direction/ lead.

Rocio started her Ph.D. studies in 2014 on the theme of “Space and human behaviour, Architecture, Planning and Social Sciences” at School of Management and Finance, UCO on a Commonwealth shared programme (UCO + GLA).

She has been involved in Academia since 2007, teaching at Master level at IED European Design labs, and co-creating and coordinating the academic initiative Madrid Design Net, an international Project rooted on Practice based Research.

She spent two years heading the Post-Graduate Studies Department and the ID&Exhibitions Department at Raffles Singapore in Sri Lanka, with crits and juries participation on several academic institutions and universities across India, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

She then spent a year at NID, India, as Adjunct Visiting Faculty, followed by other academic visits and collaborations with PUC and USS in Chile, IED in Barcelona, Parsons School in New York, and currently AU in India, where her role as academic consultant implies being the anchor coordinator of Innovative Project-based research initiatives and courses

Francesca Cotta

Francesca Cotta

Content, Communications

Francesca Cotta recently completed her B.A. from Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, with a major in Anthropology and a double minor in English Literature and International Relations. She is a writer and event manager at Warehouse Zine, a collective started by a group of her friends in an attempt to find a place for the numerous conversations they’d have and the ideas they’d dream up over the course of their friendship. She is crazy about books (both hoarding and reading them) and enthusiastic about language, libraries, bicycles, metaphors (“things are like other things”, i.e. interconnectedness), the wild outdoors, ice cream and feminism.
Ann Van den Borne

Ann Van den Borne

Project Coordinator

Ann grew up on a potato farm at the border of The Netherlands and Belgium — an extremely active childhood exploring the outdoors and discovering through experience. Ann is a fully qualified Physical Education teacher with 10 years’ middle and high school experience in The Netherlands, India and China. When teaching Ann focuses on building self-confidence through positive encouragement, creating a good and safe atmosphere for collaboration and teamwork, and enabling learning through enquiry. Ann had also volunteered for The Story of Light. For The Story of Space her role is to manage the development and execution of 8 projects under Deshna.

Namrata Ganguly

Namrata Ganguly

Project Manager

Namrata Ganguly is an aspiring vagabond with a keen interest in Interdisciplinary Arts & Design with experience in Human Resources, Change Management, Strategy & Branding and Arts Administration. She is always on the look out for new interesting things and is perennially “treasure hunting”.
Jocel Souza

Jocel Souza

Administration

Jocel Souza is currently pursuing a career in social entrepreneurship in the Arts and Culture sector. He also develops and designs websites on WordPress for local start ups. Previously, he studied civil engineering, and has worked in Operations and Project Management for corporate events at Direct Edge, in Oman.
He is interested in Goan heritage art and passionate about making the arts inclusive to people all age groups, and all walks of life.

Noel Mark Sequeira

Noel Mark Sequeira

Residency Manager

Noel is serendipitously well-trained at hosting visitors. He dabbled in a bunch of degrees, only to find himself back to square one. He loves languages, but is trying to be a little less promiscuous and stick to just one. His life goal is to raise dogs and pigs under the same organic roof.
Mohini Mukherjee

Mohini Mukherjee

Graphic Designer

Mohini dropped out of an English literature course and is now a self-taught visual designer and artist. She likes for her work to take her to unexplored skills and disciplines and to help foster collaborations across disciplines. Her pet projects have ranged from music festivals to browser games, with bold, effective communication that doesn’t lose its wit. Her free time is spent underwater, or buried in a book, and some day she would like to pet every dog in the world. She lives in Mumbai, India but is always looking for collaborations and work that will change that.
Soumi Roy Chowdhury

Soumi Roy Chowdhury

Talks & Panel Co-ordinator

Soumi Roy Chowdhury is at present, exploring the avenues of curation, especially in the fields of art and its influences in developing sustainable cultural practices. She completed her graduation with a Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts, majoring in Anthropology along with Psychology and English Literature as minors. She writes, and as an individual with interest, she enjoys documenting everyday life, understanding patterns of animate and inanimate existence, and harbinging on music from other people. She has been exploring avenues of gendered occupation of public spaces with her photography. As an independent, visual ethnographer sans formal training, she is comfortable in alien ecosystems and hopes to adapt varied systems of enculturation as her own.

Shivaram Narayanan

Shivaram Narayanan

Web Development

Shivaram has been consistently committed to bringing the joy of origami and has been sharing his expertise with people from all walks of life. Shivaram opted for the home schooling system in order to pursue his efforts and passion in the complex art of Origami. He has thus been able to travel across the country and abroad and spread the joy of Origami to wider audiences. He published his first book of original designs titled – “FOLD IN FOLD OUT – Origami Originals” at the age of 16 which was launched in major bookstoresacross the country. In 2015 he published his second book – In The Fold – Heritage structures of India, that explored Indian heritage structures using origamic architecture. He is currently based in Goa, India and is exploring the different aspects of paper engineering. He also dabbles in Music, Magic, Web Development and Design.

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