The Shape of Space
A NEW BOOK, by A. Spaice. A roundup of conversations from 2017 that ‘made it’ into the best-of collection from S P A C E. People, place, hyperlocal narrative, contemporary styles, and most importantly, the intention to let people say in their own words what they feel and think about things. Western lenses in Asia have been given too big of a stage. Let’s see who else is here, what they think, and how they have been conversing with A. Spaice in languages that take intuition, playfulness, emergence, acceptance, and a downplay of the ego. I know. It’s heady. But actually, it’s heart-y. Can you dig it? You’ll get the eBook, The Shape of Space, on 5 February. Register to confirm your interest, and we’ll send you the page where you can grab it, on that day.
What’s an ‘atelier?’
Design Kompany is hosting popup zinemaking ateliers. Before fancy academic schools for art and design came along, there were ateliers. An atelier is ‘a workshop or studio used by an artist or designer.’ These are places where you can meet new and different *others* to connection remarkable ways.
ATELIERS, APPRENTICESHIPS & ARTMAKING. Encouraging hands-on learning by doing, the hosts attended to the inner strengths of each participant. Apprentices came. Artworks were made and sold. We imagine artmaking was less commodity-focused (watch the film Posthumous, for a great comment on this) and more about the experience. And for those seeking training, it wasn’t about, one might guess, the expensive tuition fees that come with ho-hum professors (jaded people who’ve forgotten the meaning of their occupation—here I recommend Art School Confidential). Perhaps it was about the magic, if I let myself be uncool and optimistic, of Art. What it can do. How it connects us, across time, and distance. Let’s *make* something. Let’s play?