Nomad life of artist-wanderers

FOUND THIS.
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…
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A little free S P A C E

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…

‘N’ is making steps in Hanoi

JUST BOOKED OUR VENUE. For 16N.

Terribly exciting, this step. Almost there now.

For the real life ‘N’ moment.

Our theme for Hanoi is NARRATIVE.

What are the stories we tell to the world? Which ones do we tell ourselves?

A conversation installation in DK’s signature style (improv, reflection, conversation, new connections, and fun!) for just 16. Tickets are on the move, starting… Five minutes ago. Phew.

This is definitely a practice of uncertainty, but wow, what if… What if 16 strangers do connect in real life, next week, by design, through ‘N’?

Let’s see what unfolds.

Curious? In Hanoi?

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N tickets. Just 16. Photo: Lam Nguyen

Art of Not Knowing: Invite the spontaneous

VERY FUN, very nice, very relaxing to talk quite openly and frankly for some giant length of time (two hours? Five?) about… nothing and everything. With JO. (Thank you!)

I like it when people say ‘yes’ to my impromptu invitations. As did our walk in the slight rain just south of the Old Quarter of Ha Noi, our conversation wandered. Which is exactly right, and it felt like S P A C E was getting made.

Made.

NOT designed. See, I always write about designing the bounded box. But this was… improvised. And not my initiative, fully. So that was cool, and fun, and really neat. Much like when I met SY, also in recent days in Hanoi.

Not because of anything that came beforehand, just… spontaneously. This was new. This was different. You can design for S P A C E that’s quality, or you can just let yourself be part of it when you see it’s emerging. See? That’s kind of fun, isn’t it? And when we used to let ourselves be spontaneous, such great things fell forth, didn’t they?

A new melody plays. A new love forms. A new shift, in the shape of space.

Is there a need for philosophy? Is there a place for salons? Is it important to connect with (and then, by design, interconnect) new and different others? For real life learning, together? I think so. I think we are losing our grip, ‘we’ as in the Western malaise and ennui drifting crowds. It’s not better in Asia. I mean, people have problems everywhere. Obviously. I’m not a sociologist, a psychologist, a commentator on Society, or anything. I am a connector. I always was. I will continue to be. And when this used to involve clients and meetings, I would bring in interns and photographers and illustrators—always invite the new and different others (and ‘others’ is an important part, for the sake of inclusion) into the circle to create and co-create. This wasn’t working well in Seattle, or Durham NC. So I left those places. I am now in Asia. Wandering about, looking for the resonance. Looking to make (or become part of, that’s the new learning from yesterday) the kind of space that feels good, feels like it’s right

Where you can be who you are

Where you can let your guard down

Where you don’t have to fear being judged

Or googled…

Where you can just… be.

That. That, to me, is high-quality space.

S P A C E.

Ask me anything. Connect at ‘A little S P A C E.’ Through the link under our ‘contact’ page. See it there, at the top. That’s where to go.

 

 

The Art of Not Knowing

Art of Not Knowing by Dipika Kohli
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A NEW ESSAY COLLECTION, by DK’s Dipika Kohli. It’s about many, many things but most of it is about uncertainty. How we can’t possibly know a thing before we start, and how we simply must investigate our way towards what feels right, and how that even works.

First release will be 1 June for members S P A C E. Then, pre-orders will be released 1 July.

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