Sudebi Thakurata (Sudebi)
Sudebi designs experiences, engagement and environment that allow people to think and have dialogue, make their thinking and interaction visible and thus enable them to design their own solutions and narratives using different modes and media. Storytelling is her passion and so is the interface of science, humanities, arts and design. Sudebi emphasises on socially, environmentally and culturally relevant issues while inter-weaving design thinking, imagination, systems thinking, pedagogy, visual and performing arts, oral history, ethnography and research to design possibilities. She has been teaching at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, India across undergrad and post-grad for nearly nine years and has co-founded the transdisciplinary design collective d.epicentre. She focuses on bringing in inquiry driven, participatory, context-based design and trans-disciplinarity into her work. Currently her research areas are: re-defining curation, understanding the role of local wisdom through narrative sources in addressing complex problems, finding pedagogical possibilities in places, exploring the ‘body’ as a site of learning and inquiring about the intersections of pedagogy, design and inclusion. As designer at d.epicentre, she leads many projects with leading international and national organisations where the projects range from designing facilitation, cultural leadership, pedagogical design, exhibition design, archival, curatorial, media-based, visual-spatial communication design to instructional design. She has also started a unique pedagogy, art and design led trans-local initiative called ‘The Archival City-A Site of Learning’.