Atelier S P A C E || Penang

Make a zine

Zine is pronounced ZEEN, and is short for ‘magazine’.

Test your creative bounds when you take part in this two-hour workshop, hosted by Dipika Kohli, author at Kismuth Books and creative director of the boutique studio, Design Kompany. You’ll be part of an international conversation in which people in cities around the world are connecting to make, in real life, small 8-page zines. Part words, part imagery, and part new things we haven’t thought up together yet, this is all a 100% cocreation. These small publications are informal. The workshops in which they are created will welcome you to try new ways of expressing ideas, not just your own but also new and fresh angles on thinking that will be inspired by the others you will meet who will take part.

What’s different about Atelier S P A C E, compared to other writing or design workshops, is the experiential focus: you will be part of a truly collaborative process, one which will mean talking together with new people and finding a theme to focus the mini-book on, so that what we will make will be original and couldn’t have been made any other way except together with that particular set of other people, at this point in space and time. Never to be repeated again. How to take part? Get our mailings to find out when and where our next workshops will pop up. Discover. Connect. Meet, and make. In real life, together. DK warmly invite you to experience a new dimension of an out-of-the-usual S P A C E. Workshops are taking place around Penang from 1-16 December.



‘The State of Publishing’, a popup conversation salon DK hosted in an early version of S P A C E // Durham NC

SOME OF THE FUNNEST programmes in the past have been collaborations with people who simply just love community spaces, where new and different others are engaged and connected, just hanging out, having a good time. There are a couple of art spaces we’ve jammed with, music venues like Cabaret in Phnom Penh, for example, or jazZ happens in Bangkok. Sometimes an art gallery, like a Vermillion in Seattle or The Carrack Modern Art in Durham, NC, and DK naturally discover one another and dream up *a thing*, on the spot. Once, we found a cool design studio, Echostream Design Consultancy, in Gangtok, whose leadership was along these lines: ‘Yeah. That sounds good. What can we do to help?’ A co-working space can be a space. Or a bar. Or a cafe. Even a library or museum. The *where* isn’t important. It’s the *who*. These work very well with people who care about new things, are deeply curious, and ready to take a chance on something new. They might be in any field, but spacemaking in a quality way really matters to them. Atelier S P A C E is never templated, each programme is different, because we bring in the character and personality of our co-hosts. That’s just what it means to co-create. We’re looking to make Atelier S P A C E in the popup style, on the fly. In search of the magic moment where we are noticing one another, in real life, together. Discovering people. Bricolage style, seeing what we can do when we show up for real life and let things happen. This past summer we did 16N in Hanoi, and the free flow style of it inspired this new idea, Atelier S P A C E. In which, let’s *make* something. Zines are a way to share in the moment of creating, together, as we go, so that’s our focus for Atelier S P A C E: to create a series of zines.

At present, we are searching for:

INTERNS. A few spots are available to members of our S P A C E community for internships.

ATELIER PARTICIPANTS. Take part in the zinemaking collaboration.

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CO-HOSTS. Do you have a fun venue? Do you programme events? Do get in touch, if yes. The gathering place for informal meetings. Should be inexpensive, accessible, and owned by someone interested in participating in the atelier. It’s always nice to have a ‘third place’ to team with so that no one person or group becomes ‘the owner.’


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