Atelier S P A C E

Introducing Atelier S P A C E

A ZINEMAKING POPUP ATELIER

DESIGN KOMPANY

1 sept 2017-1 sept 2019

Welcome. DK are traveling to cities and towns of southeast Asia, northern Europe, and places we find resonance with in between. This is in order to discover new people in new places, and make space for remarkable connexion. We make Atelier S P A C E: a sequence of themed conversation salons and popup zinemaking ateliers.

Through a series of engagements in each new place, DK is collaborating with guests and partnering organisations to get people talking, and then, to create a safe space for truly collaborative making. Words. Images. Publications. In each place, local stories are made into short collections. Each of these are co-created, short works of creative nonfiction. The final outcome in each place is an 8-page zine, and we have a growing collection of S P A C E zines to share wherever we go.

Pictured: Guests cut and paste at DK’s ‘ZINE!’ popup in Chiang Mai in collaboration with SB, 2014.

WHAT IS A ZINE? A zine is an inexpensively produced, often photocopied, limited edition run of self-published works that are usually distributed by hand. People make zines to express themselves (for example a love of a certain band), or to dive deep into other very particular niche areas of interest. It’s a wacky, worldwide culture. Sometimes, artists and authors of zines take their pieces to exhibit in ‘zine fairs’ in cities like Berlin and San Francisco.

For Atelier S P A C E, DK are making zines in short runs to distribute to: the people who make them with us, their friends, and our own international network.

WHY ZINES? We use the zine form because it simplifies an otherwise overwhelming process. Publishing starts with ideation, and theme development, then design and of course production. That can be a lot. To make it bite-sized, we’re using the zines, which are easy to assemble on-the-spot.

SO FAR. Since Sept. 2017, we’ve hosted these zinemaking popups in: Battambang and Phnom Penh in Cambodia, Penang and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Bangkok in Thailand, and at the time of this writing we are in-progress with photozines in Helsinki and Kärsämäki in Finland.

Through this work, DK are connecting people and place, both locally and internationally. This is done through real-life salons, but also, we are interweaving some of the conversations with our online forum-spaces, where the wider international community can participate, too, and from there, we can build depth, and progress towards more complexity in our ideas. Discovering and learning. Gathering and connecting. Interweaving people and place.

2012 Let’s Make ZINES! popup in Durham NC USA
2018 July Zinemaking popup in Finland

To support this work, join us in S P A C E, purchase  one of our zines, take part in one of our programmes, or make a donation.

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