Being offline more

WIFI. Is scarce, here, in Penang. So, more offline time.

Eye contact.

As I talk in real life about the why of Atelier S P A C E, it’s doing something, it’s making it clearer.

As in, why.

As in, for whom, and where.

I seek cozy spaces that might not be ‘regular’ for philosophical and nonlinear meanders into the abstract. But… That’s what it is. Think about it. Space is invisible. But space connects us al. That particular S P A C E. Is what we are designing, in Atelier S P A C E. Really.

Don’t believe me?

Check out our gallery, and learn about our process to invite new people to join us in these kinds of things, as we blogged it all for ‘N’ Hanoi.

NEW & DIFFERENT. Wherever you look going to be a wallop of awakening; that’s because you’re in the newness, you’re in a spot that you haven’t been, and though it might be ho-hum routine for those who are living and working there usually, for you it is New. I didn’t tell you about S., did I? This weirdo installation… Involving… Well, wait. it’s too personal to put on this blog.

In the last 20 years of trying to find ways to engage people (so that I can get more engaged with the design work I think is better as a result, to be really honest), I have learned that the high-quality space that I want to create more of in this world resides in the real life bounded box of time, and location, which is set. Which is intentional. And good because we are *there*.

So yeah. If we meet, in one of the cities where I’ll be traveling, in 2018, I can share there.

(More for members of our online community, S P A C E, in exquisite and intricate details. Curious? Subscribe here.)

 

Scouting venues and making friends

PART OF THE PROJECT OF ATELIER S P A C E is, when I forget to be concerned about Programme design and making sure all the pieces are in the right order is letting things just happen.

It has been not quite two weeks since DK shifted from Singapore to scope the scene here in Penang. But already I feel like it’s been, in many ways, like meeting someone you’ve always known in a way but haven’t fully seen.

Like a pen pal. Or a distant cousin.

There are overlays that you can’t deny, a cultural identity that’s shared in a very tangential way, for me, here by the side streets of a warm and seaside town. I love this village feeling, it reminds me of Skibbereen, and very shortly I think I will feel ready to start sharing out loud and not just blogging into the obscure about Atelier S P A C E || Penang. That’s here.

Meantime it is just now posted, details and tickets and everything, to Eventbrite.

Making S P A C E || Penang

THINGS ARE GETTING going here in Penang for Atelier S P A C E || Penang. Like in Singapore and in Battambang before that, the idea is to get people talking together and learn new things. Maybe about each other, their own selves, or, as in the case here yesterday throughout the day, philosophy. Making S P A C E for remarkable connexion, we are just settling in to begin the discovery, meantime some zines are at this weekend’s Georgetown Literary Festival. Special thanks to the festival for including S P A C E. See you there.

S P A C E || Games & Coffee

LET’S CONNECT. In real life. Meet Design Kompany for games over coffee.

Bring your favorite game.

Free with RSVP*. (*Exclusive of food and drinks).

To RSVP, send us an email through this form, and we’ll confirm your registration. If at least 4 say ‘yes’, we’ll make it *happen*:

 

The Final Stretch || Atelier S P A C E

11AM-12PM
National Museum
The Final Stretch
Here is when you’ll finalize the pieces. All completed works will be turned in at this point to your hosts at DK. We will leave you for the afternoon.

The Evening News || Atelier S P A C E

7PM-8:30PM
Victoria Theatre
The Evening News 
*Secret meetpoint*
Let’s reconvene. What did you come up with? Share your work for the day, and get feedback from the other teams. Then, we select a concept: what is the theme of this collection? What is the single idea, unified and connective, that all of us are putting forward? This is the big work. This is ‘N+1’ work, to us. Emergence. Tapping into the ambient wisdom in real life between us. Offline, here, now. Magic! We find no design or writing to be truly engaging unless somewhere, someone experienced this kind of a jam. (Enter dada. Exit Surrealists.) Let’s do it. Next, with the unifying concept, we’ll keep certain pieces, let others go, and rework the in-between. This Atelier S P A C E evening circle closes with this major milestone, a mini-reflection with participating guests only.

8:30PM-9:30PM
Victoria Theatre
The Epic Reading
Now we take the tempo down, with a segue into what we think will make a fun and relaxing follow-on, the Epic Reading at Singapore Writers Festival.Your +1’s welcome.

The Morning Announcements || Atelier S P A C E

11AM-2PM
National Library
The Morning Announcements + The Workbook
Here we go. Take the time together in small groups, to explore ideas. Come up with something that you want to focus on for the 8-page zine. Writing, illustration, photography, collage, and other media are some of the areas you can choose from to focus on, to create your contribution to the mix. You’ll have the afternoon to work with your team to create a *draft.*

Tonight in Singapore! A 3-day zinemaking popup atelier begins

LAST CALL to register for Atelier S P A C E in Singapore.

Tickets for the 3-day atelier are SGD $180. Register here.

We are ready, and we are set. Look forward to meeting our registered guests tonight at the *secret meetpoint* at the National Gallery.

S P A C E. Meantime, if you are not in Singapore, but are wondering about how all this will play, do consider subscribing to our online magazine, S P A C E. It’s a weekly. Going since 2014. See what we will be writing, sharing, and co-creating. Find out more at this page.

The Art of Not Knowing || Atelier S P A C E pre-event

A conversation salon for just a handful of people at ‘the blue hour.’ Read more about it at the event page, here.

THE BLUE HOUR is the time after the sun goes below the horizon and the sky goes into deep blue for a while. That’s the magic hour: it’s a photographer’s dream. Join Design Kompany and photographers for a low-key conversation salon. It’ll be held at an intimate venue with no more than 8 people. This is a pre-event for the 10-12 November Atelier S P A C E || Singapore, so we’ll play one of that programme’s light conversation salon style Surrealist parlor games, which is called ‘Art of Not Knowing.’ (Plus, get a sneak peek of our mini art installation, ‘The Prospect of Beauty.’)

Let’s talk about the magic moments in life, about uncertainty. Nostalgia, relationships, mementos. How we remember them, or choose to let them go. Meet us at the blue hour at a *secret meetpoint* at the National Gallery. An agenda outlining what you can expect and specifically where we’ll be convening will be shared by email through Eventbrite with registered guests *only.*

Advance tickets only.

Very limited seats (Max 8).

Questions?

Contact A. Spaice on insta or through the form at this page.

Battambang vis-a-vis Singapore

JUST LANDED. It’s been quite a shift for sure, from Cambodia, and we have a hefty notebookful of things to say that we will hold off on saying until we meet in real life, for Authorities might not like us making Off the Cuff Statements (and we should also refrain from Generalizations and/or Snap Judgments).

I had thought that the Atelier S P A C E event next weekend would be widely welcomed (nope). I am learning that it is the practical and pragmatic, as J. told me yesterday, that will usually win out over the merely intriguing. 

It’s okay.

We are zinemaking today anyway, to get into the mood. Who will be joining us, how it will happen, what we will make together is an open question, but here at DK we are all about the open-ended query. The shape of space that emerges, when just-because-some-said-why-not showed up, and made a thing *happen.* Battambang was a good one, we made this zine from the stories that came together for the instance of P’chum Ben 2017. ONCENESS is part of it. The urgency of now. Fun to think in a week we will start on the Singapore issue of S P A C E. Here’s to the journeys, the new and the next.

Make a Zine || Atelier S P A C E pre-event

LEARN HOW TO FOLD an 8-page zine, in this short all-ages workshop with Design Kompany. Bring: scissors, an A4 paper, and things you’d like to collage together.

Inspired by the Tate Modern’s International Zine Month programme, you’ll have a chance to make your own zine in response to works, artworks, and themes in the National Library’s  collection, and take home a completed zine to share with friends and family.

Zines are self-published non-profit publications with a history rooted in DIY cultures and methods of production, created as an alternative to mainstream publishing. The workshop introduces the basics of zine making, exploring different types of zines and self-published works.

Words you’ve written, printed photos, cuttings from magazines, letters. Everything is welcome, and you’ll have a chance to see how it works when you put them all together.

A selection of zines, fanzines, photozines, and perzines from the library collections will be on hand to draw inspiration from.

Tickets are SGD 30 per adult or SGD 25 per child. Children must be supervised by a participating adult. We’ll meet at a meet point to be shared with RSVP’d guests.

Ages 7+. Cash on the day.

Max 8.

RSVP requested. RSVP through the contact form below.

 

RSVP

Printed Matters || Atelier S P A C E pre-event

PRINTED MATTERS is a conversation. About printed matters. And about matters of printing. Playfulness is a prerequisite but this is for word-nerds, print-nerds, design-and-arts-and-crafts-nerds.

Atelier S P A C E is a zine-makery on-the-move, a global conversation about local voices, local stories. People getting together, sharing things, and creating something special, to them, for them, and by them. In a curated open circle.

Intrigued? Come join this pre-event, where we explore printed media and other high-octane cultural mumbo-jumbo in A Spaice’s hallmark playful, casual space-setting.

Register here.

The Prospect of Beauty || Atelier S P A C E pre-event

Join DK and very small handful of others at this new, and different, style of conversation salon. Our theme is ‘The Prospect of Beauty’. Discover the parlor games ‘Art of Not Knowing’ and ‘Excerpts of Note,’ as shared in similar small scale salons in Tokyo, London, New York and Hanoi. Welcoming the very curious and looking forward to receiving you. A meetpoint, and programme, to be emailed to registered guests *only.* Advance bookings only. (Ticket sales close at midday on Wednesday, 1 Nov.)

This is a pre-event for Atelier S P A C E || Singapore.

Order your ticket here.

The Excerpts of Note || Atelier S P A C E pre-event

GATHER WITH DK and a handful of guests in the conversation salon, ‘Excerpts of Note’ in Singapore on 1 November. You’ll get a chance to explore, offline, with others some of the less often-shared quotes, stories, and inspirations that we’ll invite each of you to bring to share. This is a self-selecting group, and a co-creation, made on the spot with the materials that come to hand. But we’ll bring prompts and activity-starters, too. This is a chance for you to try something new, in a Surrealist-inspired way. For example, we’ll share our nonlinear game, ‘Excerpts of Note’, and the art book (pictured below) that goes with it.

Your ticket comes with a PDF, ‘Excerpts of Note,’ from Design Kompany’s archive of our eZine S P A C E. This selection contains six interviews with creative people on their approaches to the process of making, doing, and sharing. Designers, developers, and artists share their stories in Q&A interviews like these. Read six exclusively-shared such ones from this special curation from the archives of our eZine S P A C E.

Also explore the ‘Excerpts of Note’ art book, pictured below. We’ll bring this collection along to the 1 November’s conversation salon. Guests at our London salon ‘Excerpts of Note’ had added parts to this. You’ll be invited to interact with it, too.

Max 8. Ages 18+.

Book your ticket here.

Image: Dipika Kohl’s art book, ‘The Excerpts of Note’, as shown in a popup exhibition in select venues for very small circles. London Nov-Dec, 2015

Atelier S P A C E is *almost here*

A three-day weekend popup zinemaking atelier. Once and that’s it, for Singapore. Don’t miss the chance to discover new themes within your own creative work, while also making an 8-page zine in a truly collaborative atelier. Hosted by Design Kompany’s A. Spaice and Dipika Kohli, you’ll have a mix of evening conversation salons to gather ideas and daytime workshops in which to flesh them out. Try something new, and be part of a global conversation that will span 20 cities in the next two years. Singapore follows Battambang. Penang is next.

Just 8 spots.

Read more here.

Book here.

PRINTED MATTERS | 3 November is this Atelier S P A C E pre-event

Click for ticket info

A conversation salon about matters related to words + image, print and how we consume media in this offline form. Are you ready to convene, connect, discover and converse?

Let’s, yes?

You can get a ticket here.

The Prospect of Beauty

Join DK and jazzy guests at this conversation salon. Our theme is ‘The Prospect of Beauty’. Discover the parlor games ‘Art of Not Knowing’ and ‘Excerpts of Note,’ as shared in similar small scale salons in clubs in Tokyo, London, New York and Hanoi. RSVP requested. Tickets just $10p at the door, inclusive of materials, and exclusive of drinks. A concert follows, which is arranged separately by the venue. Advance bookings only. Book here.

A designers’ guide to 25 of Singapore’s day-work cafes, art stores, and ‘third places’

 

 

AFTER MUCH SEARCHING ONLINE, and even more not-finding, I have given myself a writing commission. Go to Singapore. Walk around. Look at stuff. See who’s doing something interesting. Discover them, drifting towards whomever or wherever intrigues, without too much noise, or fanfare. Talk to people. And see where the cool stuff is going on. The good stuff. Not just what people say is interesting, or pay to promote, or whatever. No advertorials here. No sponsored posts. That is just not what we are into, here. No thank you. We are interested in real, genuine, and authentic conversations, with people who actually mean it when they say things, and who show up, and who are, like us, intrigued by the possible, the new, the near, the now and the next. When I go around town with my marked-up map, checking out some of the cafes to see if they really are the kind of places I would go to and work out of if I were, say, a designer or a writer with a laptop looking for somewhere to lay low and focus, or a place to walk into and get inspired, or a place that just has the kind of vibe you really want to have if you are looking for ‘your people,’ in a city that feels, from what I remember, on my brief past visits, to be… let’s say… distancing? Maybe the world is just like that now, it’s hard to find space for real life. True conversation, connection, connexion. Why do I care about this so much? Relational aesthetics, et al. So many reasons. Sure I can write and write and blog and blog and who cares? If I don’t meet you, in real life and eye to eye, then whatever is the point of it? Really. I’m serious. So I’m going to outline for a few people the 25 places that I will discover. I’m gonna shortlist stuff, and post about things, but not here, not in public space. In forums,like ‘Strange Geometries.’ New mini-guide to Singapore, writ for the discerning and authenticity-seeking who are coming from out of town. No maps or pocket guidebook stuff. Just, a list, and essays, and pics. First release will be to members of our eZine, S P A C E. Join us there if you want to read it. S P A C E posts weekly, it’s USD $7/week.