An introduction

Research moodboard for A Tiny History

Research moodboard for A Tiny History


A Tiny History is a cross-platform project seeking to tell the history of the world through the stories of “visionaries.”

To us, visionaries are people who created something original and made a lasting impact on the world. Visionaries are big thinkers, often dreaming up things that don’t yet exist in the world at the time.

We will be focusing on the period of the last 150 years and looking at inventions, ways of thinking and social impact. We will be using a range of visuals and audio to tell the stories of the visionaries.

The word “tiny” refers to the project being a snapshot of time as well as in the retelling of stories in a concise way. We want the project to be easily accessible to those without a background or wide knowledge of history.

The first element of the project involves experimenting with creative techniques and storytelling. We will then be editing and producing work to showcase in Summer 2019. We will be sharing the project in Belfast as well as in Hong Kong, details will be released closer to the time.

We are keen on collecting stories from all over the world to represent the diversity of human ingenuity and different “visionary” ways in which people have solved problems.


A Tiny History is a collaboration between Hong Kong-based illustrator Kylie Chan & Northern Ireland-based creative Karishma Kusurkar - that’s me.

Kylie and I met a decade ago when studying at University of the Arts in London and ever since then, we had been searching for the right project to collaborate on.

The idea for A Tiny History came about when I was looking into the life and work of Lanzarote’s celebrated artist-architect César Manrique. It was amazing to me how one man had managed to have so much impact on his island through new ways of thinking and making. This led me to look into other inventors of various kinds, and soon I had a long-list of interesting people that not everyone had heard of. When I thought of how this project could unfold and potential collaborators along the way, the first person I thought of was Kylie. Kylie’s illustrations are heavily influenced by stories and intriguing characters are ever present throughout her work. Storytelling has been an important part of my own practice too.

After speaking online about the project, Kylie and I couldn’t wait to dive in and start. We weren’t sure what the end result would be, but were keen to explore how to create great original content to tell history in a new way. We also wanted to widen our skills-base, experiment with our techniques and develop our individual practices.

We will be documenting the journey of A Tiny History on this page as well as on Instagram, so follow along and join the conversation.

A Tiny History is kindly supported by the Artists’ International Development Fund by the Arts Council NI & British Council :