‘I am a part of all that I have met’

—Tennyson

WELCOME. We are making our way to different cities of Southeast Asia to host the conversation salon, Origin. What is ‘fromness?’ So many times people with a multi-local identity grapple with the massive identity question, Who am I? Where am I from? This salon invites anyone who wishes to explore these questions to come out for an informal, unusual style of connecting with just a handful of others who are supercurious about the same subjects. So far…

  • ORIGIN Phnom Penh 🌿14 March 2014,  🌿21 April, 2017
  • ORIGIN Ha Noi 🌷 May 31 2017 (Scheduled)

More about ORIGIN Ha Noi >

Making a space


IN AN INTERVIEW with UK mens magazine, The Greatest, artist Jose González offers an illuminating thought on fromness. Not exactly the greatest interview question, this press to talk about ‘your multicultural background,’ but he handles it with aplomb. It’s this:

‘I think there are too many people too stubbornly worried about borders and cultural identity. That kind of approach does not lead to any ideal wellness or happiness, in the noblest sense of these words. People look at their nations in a nostalgic way, with an irrational attachment, which is often not positive at all, sadly… To pick all the best from every situation, and to challenge the idea of rootedness. The idea of holding onto something is not healthy, and to be able to go beyond the common cultural identity or ethnicity is definitely a strength…’

Thought-provoking.

Timely.

What would people in Phnom Penh say, we wondered.

And invited whomever would like to join… This is a picture from ORIGIN Phnom Penh on Street 63, in March 2014…

March 2014 ORIGIN

It was the first of dozens of salons, workshops, and conversation installations in private and public spaces. Why not close in Phnom Penh with the same theme? Origin. How will our returning guests, if there might be any, respond to similar questions of ‘fromness’ today?, we wondered. How will we? What will happen, who will join us, and where we will take this conversation are all ‘to be determined.’ But the goal would be not to find answers, but frame a space in which to invite new questions, the sharing of ideas in real life with those right around us. Those whose paths we might not have otherwise crossed.

UNCERTAINTY. The not-knowing is the whole point of S P A C E in real life contexts and in our virtual dialogues, too. Something I learned from the Open Space Technology manual, which I discovered in Kinyei’s cafe in Battambang (and later had the pleasure of meeting, albeit virtually, the very person who had placed it there) was this: Voluntary self-selection is the absolute sine qua non for participation in open space. Can it happen again? In Hanoi?

 

An invitation

NEXT STOP: HANOI. All of DK’s events, more or less, are thus this kind of space. A certain quality of space, that is, that invites only those who are truly interested in the topics. No pictures, for most of them, due to the nature of hosting the kind of space that invites people to share openly, without the feeling that what is said will be shared somewhere else. It’s not about who comes and what was said. S P A C E is different. It’s about being there. Discovering and co-discovering, together. Mostly, it’s about showing up… 🌿… And that includes us committing, too… Next stop… ORIGIN Ha Noi… #originhanoi 🌷🌎 Are you there? Perhaps we’ll meet. Let’s discover. Let’s play?

 

 

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