Welcome to !*
ZINES. SALONS. ATELIERS. Esoteric essays, jazz shows, design gigs. The form will vary, but the idea for DK is to gather us, those of us who might not have otherwise met, especially, and discover the remarkable moment together. On the spot.
This might be light and casual, like simply a space to write into, like online forums, as we are doing currently in our eZine cum forum, S P A C E. Or more tangible, like the zines we make at our moving workshop Atelier S P A C E, or cocreated poetry, or an art show, an eBook, an anthology, or a design project. It’s open ended. But the method is the same.
Frame a space, for play.
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Drift, nomadism, travel, architecture, design, branding, and journalism. That’s our background. We make space, now, for you to try new things, in a kind of roving, popup, short-form jam session in a… Um… Petri dish. Small in scale, tight in scope. For DK, the purpose is to show up, and do something. Try. Learn. Try again. Together. Is this installation art? I dunno. But as experiments go, we don’t want to get too caught up in outcomes, rather, to simply set a stage for what might pop out, the remarkable, the beautiful, the a-ha, the unexpected. Niels Bohr said, ‘How wonderful,that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress.’ We like that idea, very much. He also said, ‘No, no, no. You’re not thinking. You’re just being logical.’ And he figured out the anatomy of the atom. Let’s suspend the fixation on productivity, right-ness, and covering up insecurity with a fat blanket of important sounding titles, and ten-dollar ill-fitting and phoney sounding words, can we? Let’s end narcissism, toxic masculinity and the problems that are created when we don’t make a space to consider other viewpoints. Can you accept the possibility that you might be changed by what you hear? That is, after all, the definition of listening. Did you catch me?
Receptiveness to the possibility to be changed by what you hear. Can we design for that? For optimizing listening, learning, co-creation, and the new kind of design? I think yes.
I think we can.
Discover a new S P A C E
WHEN YOU ARE able to look closely at the lenses that color your world view, and set them aside for even just a short time, it can really change your perspective. S P A C E lets you explore the feeling of not having to play any role: it’s not work, and it’s not home. It’s kind of like The Third Place, or Stammtisch, as we have recently learned is a regular meeting place and time where new people and regulars are welcomed. The hard thing about technology is it makes us lonely. Can we connect, again?! Let’s not have just a party or a boring casual chat. Let’s design a space. A particular quality of space. That is what we are talking about, here. That’s what you are looking at. Year over year, we are improving the scaffolding. Now, we invite you to join us, for !*… Expect the unexpected!
MEET US IN S P A C E.
- S P A C E is a print zine.
- It is a weekly.
- It is also an online magazine, sent on Tuesdays to inboxes around the world.
- We’ve been sending S P A C E since 2014 to members of our community, which is turning into quite a great conversation now.
- We have been talking in protected-page forums together, too.
- Now we are making real life ateliers, Atelier S P A C E.
ATELIER S P A C E. We are making popup zine ateliers in different parts of Asia and Europe, connecting people in real life spaces. We are bringing together the best of all our 20 years’ experience in: journalism, branding, design, and facilitation of workshops and conversation salons to make Atelier S P A C E. See our itinerary here. A zine. A salon. A moment of conversation. Or a breakthrough of something that we don’t even know what it is yet. Uncertainty, ephemerality: these are real quantities to be contended with. Let’s embrace them. Let’s play?
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NEW. Why make space? To invite people to consider new people, new thinking, new perspectives… and new possibilities. This leads to breakthroughs, to serendipitous encounters. And, to innovation. Which is what we need more of in the world, we believe, and want to encourage others to consider old problems with fresh ears and new eyes. It is possible to break out of boxes: but we have to make space to allow it. This takes practice, of course, but sometimes, it takes just experiencing a new way. People have taken pages from our events, workshops, and salons and told us they’ve applied them at work teaching, or in corporate jobs, or even in how they relate to members of their families at holidays. Making space can look like a lot of things. For us, it’s about inviting fresh thinking, new people, and including the possibilities of *anything can happen*. We’ve been called Surrealists. We’re practicing at shaping the S P A CE loosely, so that the ‘a-ha’ breakthrough moment can *happen*. The geometry of space is the set of all points in that space.
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