Improvisations

Art Installations & Conversation Salons

Zines & Atelier S P A C E

Conversations and gatherings to discover people in new cities, mostly in Southeast Asia and Northern Europe.

From 2017-2019, this led to some magical conversations, a few salons, sometimes more detailed connexions and an occasional co-created ‘zine.’ All the zines that DK made during the time of this project are in an online shop, S P A C E, which you can learn more about or even subscribe to at this crowdfunding page. DK is Design Kompany, the gallery and experimental space where Dipika Kohli creates opportunities to discover, provoke, invite, and connect people in remarkable new ways to learn, and perhaps surprise themselves in the process. A few highlights…

On stage winging it (at least a little, anyway)

On stage at Lincoln Theater two times in 2012, Dipika Kohli got a chance to bring both fuzzy logic and death out as subjects to consider for those who were gathered. The first instance was Ignite Raleigh, and this was her 5-minute talk, ‘Fuzzy Quantum Pop’:

The second time was for TEDx Raleigh, where she presented the 18-minute, ‘There’s Not That Much Time Left.’ More about that and other appearances at Kismuth, see ‘Appearances.’

 

Kismuth Books & Publishing

Publishing a series of first-person essays as a memoir, Kismuth Books started out with the unexpected resonance that came out from The Elopement. NPR interviewed Dipika Kohli about her writing of that story at this interview with Frank Stasio, live and on-air in Durham NC. The next set of books were: The Dive, Kanishka, and Breakfast in Cambodia. Each of these were part of the bigger narrative that asks the question, ‘What about if?’

A few launch parties: Bull McCabe’s in Durham NC, TINI in Phnom Penh. A couple of magazine columns: Preetlari in Chandigarh ran Kanishka in English, the first time they had ever published in English, after collaborating with DK at a three-week writing residency at their space in Punjab. Similarly, Breakfast was partly published in Seattle’s Northwest Asian Weekly and Charlotte, NC’s Saathee Magazine as a column, ‘The Village Report.’