Dipika Kohli

‘There’s Not That Much Time Left’

‘Dipika Kohli, Director at Design Kompany, author, and thinker admonishes to embrace our mortality:’ TEDx organizers. An 18-minute talk. Partly improvised, based on the energy and connection with the audience in the front rows.
Lincoln Theater, TEDx Raleigh, 2012

Meet the editor of Kismuth

Kismuth Books is a project of Dipika Kohli. Kohli’s written and visual work, as well as curations, juxtapose people, place, and found imagery in ‘minitheaters’ as well as digital ‘zines’ like S P A C E. She engages with media at hand, wherever she is, to build something out of what’s available in that moment, with that feeling. A bricolage artist at heart, she thus invites the new to enter any frame: when mixed, there is invitation for those who are participant to connect, reconnect, and revisit their idea of such fixed thinking as ‘this is where this is taking us’ and ‘here is what we know.’ Do we know anything, for sure? Ask the quantum physicists. Ask N. Bohr: ‘How wonderful that we have met with a paradox; now we have some hope of making progress.’ dipikakohli.com

Articles & Columns

  • Column ‘Kismuth & The Way’, Saathee Magazine, Charlotte NC 2019
  • Kanishka, published as a serial, Preetlari Magazine, Chandigarh 2016
  • ‘The Death of Childhood,’ Dying Matters, UK 2015
  • ‘The Truth of It’, published in Sisters Born, Sisters Found and the Bay Area’s Noe Valley Voice, 2014
  • ‘Understanding Regional Identity in the Face of Rapid Development,’ ThisBigCity.com 2014
  • ‘The Village Report’, Northwest Asian Weekly, Seattle 2013-2014
  • ‘Just Being Honest’, Saathee Magazine, Charlotte NC 2013-2014
  • ‘Are we allowed to be creative?’ ProcessedIdentity.com, Ottawa 2011
  • ‘Ireland in the World Cup’, as reported from Tokyo for Skibbereen’s Southern Star, 2002
  • ‘Ireland’s Oldest Man,’ feature, Cork Evening Echo, Cork 2002
  • ‘Tech Time for Universities,’ feature, J@Pan Inc, Tokyo 2002
  • Prior to 2002, Kohli’s freelance pieces had appeared in: AbroadViewIrish Times, Irish American Post, India Today Plus, J@pan Inc., Metro Eireann, The Raleigh News & Observer, Rediff.com, Sikkim Observer, Spectator Magazine, StudentTraveler, Southern Star, Tokyo Notice Board, Transitions Abroad, and her hometown of Durham NC’s Urban Hiker: Stories in First Person


Residencies & Awards


‘Fuzzy Quantum Pop’

‘What do fuzzy logic, quantum physics and Pop art have in common?’, a five-minute show. Playing with ideas and making connections. Light and fun.
Lincoln Theater, Ignite Raleigh, 2012

‘Simplicity in Composition’
Visual Art Exchange
Pecha Kucha Night Raleigh
A short talk about the value of simplicity in communication. Not to be confused with lack of content, or thoughtfulness, of course. Inspired by conversations in Japan, Denmark and elsewhere related to design’s role in communicating.


More about ‘mini-theater’-making, at dipikakohli.com