More Speakers at the next Pecha Kucha Night!

Pecha Kucha #15 is now a week away, and I’m very pleased to announce the rest of our speakers at what promises to be a very interesting evening of presentations from a wide range of very interesting people. The theme, as you know, is Our Spaces, Our Voices, and explores various aspects of public spaces – owning them, occupying them, creating them – and public dialogue.

Ayesha Sood is a filmmaker, photographer, music connoisseur, independent thinker, and food enthusiast based in New Delhi. She has been generating independent and commissioned projects for film and TV for over 10 years. Ayesha recently initiated the Jamun Collective, an open studio collaborating with independent artists to develop unique content. As Jamun’s Director, she has led the making of beautiful films for small and niche ventures that, as well focusing on developmental and CSR issues.

Manak (extreme left) at the recent protests in Delhi

Manak Matiyani leads the Must Bol campaign against Gender Based Violence run by Commutiny – The Youth Collective. A filmmaker by training, Manak has worked on several independent film projects including three exploring gender and sexuality. He is a trainer and facilitator on gender, media and communication for development and has worked with diverse young people as well as social change initiatives led by youth leaders.

Manak’s primary areas of work include youth development, gender based violence, sexuality rights and media for change.

Dhruv Arora is a gender and women’s rights activist and founder of the GotStared.At campaign against sexual harassment. He is also working with the Must Bol campaign against gender based violence and is a part of the Global Youth Forum of UN Secretary General’s UNiTE campaign. A strong believer of the power of social media, Dhruv recently spoke at the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women in the role of youth and social media to help put a stop to gender-based violence, which will also be the focus of his presentation at this Pecha Kucha Night.

Sukhesh Arora is the founder and artistic director of Yellowcat Arts Co. The company is well-known for its outstanding work with young people in using theater and performance as a medium for artistic expression and personal transformation. Sukhesh studied Theater-in-Education and Physical Theater at Royal Holloway College, London. Most of his work is original and devised through a collaborative process. Sukhesh’s most recent work – Social Gaming – is a virtual collaboration between artists and non-artists from different countries that sets out to explore the properties of the digital medium, and its implications for performance, creation and education. The Social Gaming project, which is rooted in the emerging field of Gamification, cuts across media and genres, and explores the participatory nature of performative experiences.

Malini Kochupillai, trained as an architect in New Delhi and New York, is also a self-taught photographer who is interested in the public lives of cities. Her main interests in both architecture and photography involve studying and documenting the diverse socio-urban fabrics of Delhi, where she currently lives. She has lead a design unit at the University School of Architecture and Planning, and at the Sushant School of Art and Architecture, where she has used Flash Mobs to study the use of public space, and conducted exercises to examine the relationship of diverse built environments and the public spaces that lead to them.

Devika Bakshi is a writer and photographer interested in public spaces, and how they are understood and inhabited. She studied Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon in the United States, and is mainly preoccupied with the relationship between culture and conflict. She lives in Delhi and works for Open Magazine.

Namrata Mehta has studied Sociology and Experimental Media Arts, and is fascinated by technology and infrastructure projects related to ‘mobilities’ in both urban and rural contexts. These range from mobile and telecommunication technologies to portable diagnostic devices and transport solutions. She currently works at the Centre for Knowledge Societies (CKS) as a Director of Innovation.

Come hear all these amazing people, as well as the first lot of speakers, present various aspects of ‘Our Spaces, Our Voices’ next week:
When: Thursday, January 31st 2013, 7:00 pm
Where: The Adianta School of Leadership and Innovation, D-57, Chattarpur Enclave (see map)
What to bring: Yourselves, your friends, and an appetite for conversation!
RSVP: Call Chandan Dash 011-33451318, or
Join our event page on Facebook

About Ayesha Vemuri

Ayesha Vemuri is responsible for thought leadership and outreach efforts at CKS. She has undergraduate degree in Visual Art from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she also studied such varied subjects as biology, literature and the humanities. At CKS, she is responsible for curating the Design Public blog, managing our various social media platforms, organizing Pecha Kucha Nights and contributing to the intellectual content of the Design Public Conclave and other CKS initiatives. Find her on twitter at @ayeshavemuri.
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