WRITING TODAY, again. Also, some Illustrator. It’s been a really long time. I almost forgot how to use this. But I always think about something that someone said when we used to gather designers for ‘first Monday Designers’ Korner’ at Stumbling Monk in Seattle. (Wow, three years of that series, so much fun.) Not sure who was there the one time I’m thinking of besides me, NS, UF, and DK, but yeah. We were talking about Illustrator, and how you decide how to price your work. No one really has the magic formula on this. It’s not about hours spent, is it? But at this meetup, I remember this, someone said, ‘For illustrations it’s hard. What do you do? Like, if it costs more, what? You get more anchor points?’
MAYBE WE JUST met, yesterday at the restaurant playing a game of cards. Or a design conversation, or I found you on the internet and emailed you to say hello. You might have met one of our team members out and about in Phnom Penh, over the course of 2014-now. Or a jazz show: I like these, and there seem to be a very small circle of us who go to the ones that happen. When they do. Did we meet over coffee somewhere in Toul Kork? Did we find one another at a meetup? I want to enjoy hosting a space this THURSDAY that, you might find, to be quite unexpected (read nothing like a boring meetup). The idea is to *mix together* a small handful of people whose paths we have been crossing, through *serendipity and randomness* and just being around, and *get us together*… but briefly, and once. It’s part of the Rooftop Phil. in PP series, but interestingly, in 6 salons so far only 1 person has joined more than once. That’s why I’m inviting *only* people I’ve met *since* the last one… half a year ago.
In 1996 Michael Haerdter of Berlin’s Künstlerhaus Bethanien called artists “post-modern nomads” or “wanderers between cultures”. He said, in a presentation in Dublin, that migrating artists “belong with the many transcultural messengers of a world whose keywords are nomadism and globalism.”Goes on to say the fact that we see the invention (and spreading about) of residential art centers relates to the need of artists “to experience the world and its many environments and cultures, to realise in situ research and projects, to be temporarily part of creative communities, and to profit from the opportunity they offer for exchanging ideas and know-how.”
The author of the article says that 15 years after his presentation, Haerdter’s observations on nomadic artists and residencies retain “their poetic resonance,” pointing out how it’s now far easier and more common to move around. Such mobility is “an essential element of any professional artist’s career,” it continues, adding the usual things about how it’s hard to keep things relevant and economically viable in the culture of transitions. How justifying one’s value becomes a thing that has to happen, too. But why? And how? And to whom? These are some of my personal questions… Of which there are more…
QUESTIONS. What is the value of seeking, exploring, and discovering new and different ways of thinking? What do we mean by ‘value’? Let’s converse about the role of the artist in society, and other kinds of meandering discussions, in S P A C E. More for those who are just joining us, when you add your name to this list…
A DAY. A full day. All to myself. To write. No meetings, no fast internet connection to distract and take me away into the wide cyberspatial wonders. I am happy about this time. Making the time. Showing up for myself, to finish something that, hey, it’s been a long time in the works (everything important is, isn’t it?), but I’m really excited about the way it’s been developing, changing shape as it’s come around from being ‘a book’ to something else. An ‘experience.’ I am writing today.
This upcoming one is my first work that is… science fiction. It’s set in two of my favorite cities for peoplewatching and cafe culture: Copenhagen and Hanoi. Like the magazine we publish each week here in S P A C E, the book wants to connect and interconnect, to juxtapose people and places. But it’s all based on real life conversations, characters are drawn from those inspiring people I met on my journeys over six weeks in Scandinavia and more recently, eight in Hanoi.
Gathered my notes from random conversations, chance encounters. Telling the stories. Sharing them, but in probably one of the most unusual ways I have ever done so, to date. This is going to be a… set… of, um. Downloadable PDF pages. That go into a nonlinear set. Must be nonlinear! Of. Ready for this? Of… Zines. Writing, writing, shaping this thing. Making it work, fitting it into the bounded boxes. A collection. Really jazzed, on 1 September I’ll launch it. This one. It’s pre-orderable (USD $15). Checkit: Nostalgia Cà Phê.