UnBox Cultural Futures Society

Founded by Quicksand, UnBox Cultural Futures Society is a platform exploring new narratives and building action at the intersection of disciplines, to reimagine India’s plural futures. As part of its agenda, UnBox creates festivals, labs and publications that bring together diverse practitioners from India and abroad for collaboration and expressions.

UnBox has its origins as an international design festival initiated in 2011 and has gone on to incubate platforms such as UnBox Labs, Eyemyth Media Arts Festival and Future Fiction. Over the years UnBox has partnered with and supported the British Council, Goethe Institut, Arts and Humanities Research Council, National Institute of Design, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Mozilla Foundation and What Design Can Do.


Established in Manchester in 1995, FutureEverything is an award-winning innovation lab and cultural organisation that has helped shape the emergence of digital culture in Europe.

Through a curated programme of events, art commissions, critical conversations, collaborative projects and prototyping, FutureEverything pushes creative boundaries and stimulates new ways of thinking, across a diverse range of sectors, disciplines and audiences. Taking an action-research, artist-led and human-centred approach, FutureEverything is passionate about bringing people together to discover, share and experience new ideas for the future, creating opportunities to question and reflect on the world around us.


Living Crafts was made possible with the support of the British Council under the Crafting Futures India-UK Collaboration Scheme 2019-20, and many other people across India and the UK.


Aanchal Sodhani, Irini Papadimitriou, Neha Singh, Riya Gokharu, Shreya Dalmia

Creative Collaborators

We would like to thank the collaborators who gave us their time and shared with us their vision for crafts – Ayaz Basrai (The Busride Lab), Ayush Kasliwal (AKFD Studio), Janet Gunter (The Restart Project), Justin Marshall (Northumbria University), Malika Verma (Border & Fall), Neelam Chhiber (Industree Foundation), TB Dinesh (Janastu).

Funded by

British Council

Special thanks to

The extended team at Quicksand – Rhea Muthane, Salil Parikh and Sawani Kumar for all of the foundational work on the project. Manjunath Babu for assisting with research in Bangalore. Ritika Khinvasara for illustrating the city maps. Avinash Kumar and Babitha George for their support throughout the project.

Living Crafts

Research Stories

Riya Gokharu, Shreya Dalmia

Copy Editing

Ananya Singh

Future Stories

Yuvraj Jha, Monkeyverse

Illustration & Animation

Akshay Manjrekar

Web Development

Reussis Infotech

Design & Art Direction

Neha Singh



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