ATELIER S P A C E || Singapore
10-12 November, 2017
Mentioned at: SingLit Station, The A List and CityNomads
‘What is this about?’
MAKE A ZINE. Something quick, but lasting, with world-traveling, genre-bending, art-design-literary conversationalists. In just three days, you will collaboratively make an 8-page zine out of what we share with each other, and thin air. Make the time to sit in a small group, reflect on your life, and hit on a cool new idea together. The emphasis here is on ‘new’ and ‘now.’ No creative person can do anything intriguing without others to connect with and ‘throw around ideas to see what’s interesting.’ The zine S P A C E || Singapore, to be launched at the end of the weekend, will become part of a global conversation over the next two years, 20 cities worldwide. (What is a zine? See Wikipedia page about zines.)
Atelier S P A C E is an invitation to try something different. It’s about discovery.
‘What will happen?’
To gather contents, we will host guided conversation salons designed for diversity and intrigue. You’ll have time to explore ideas and share for feedback. You will be working in small groups to create a poem, an essay, a drawing, a photo, or other content to contribute to the mini-publication. The host will then turn the submissions into a typeset, printed zine in a 6-hour day, and launch it on Sunday evening. You will take home a copy that you can share with your friends and family.
Open Space Technologies method is how this will happen. More about that method is here.
‘Who is this for?’
Are you interested in seeing your work in print? Are you OPEN to different possibilities of how that might happen? Would you like to be part of a global conversation about design, making, and ideas?
Just eight people, from different backgrounds. Mixing things up is a big part of it, and we are asking the eight of the most intriguing, the most open, the most outer-space-exploring idea-makers to come forward, to play with us.
If you want to know more about how we want people to “try things,” ask to receive our ‘Shape of Space’ PDF, which admittedly reads a little bit like a manifesto. Questions welcome, you can contact A. Spaice through the form here.
‘Why are you doing this?’
For fun. For learning. For play. For the sheer joy of making cool stuff with other people. Kind of like a jam session, but with scissors, paper, glue, words, art, illustration, photography, and… conversations. This last is the most important. Design Kompany’s been working in brand identity (that is so 1990s, isn’t it? We think so, and so we’ve stopped), in journalism (which has a bad name now, right?), in design thinking consultation and human-centered design and lately, conversation salons. We believe that making a space to explore and design a great concept is paramount to doing anything that really means something.
Atelier S P A C E is set to take place for the first time in Singapore, Friday – Sunday, 10-12 November. This is an invite-only, limited-seat playtime. Venue details will be shared with registered guests *only*. Our meet point to kick off the opening reception will be at a secret location within the National Gallery.
FRIDAY, 10 NOV
The Opening Reception
You’ll meet your hosts, A. Spaice and Dipika Kohli of Design Kompany and Kismuth Books, and your fellow participating guests.
The Arts House
Speculative Fiction Open Mic
Here is when we may move over as a group, or partial group, to catch the Speculative Fiction Open Mic at the not-too-far Arts House. We will be speculative, and decide together, in the moment. This atelier programme is all about S P A C E-making, so that means a fluidity in how the evening plan moves. It’s very fun, and freeing, to do what you wanna do when you feel like doing it. (PS, S P A C E looks like this.)
SATURDAY, 11 NOV
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.*
The Evening News
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.
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.
SUNDAY, 12 NOV
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 Closing reception
Ta-da! You’ll receive your own printed copy of our completed, co-created 8-page zine, S P A C E || Singapore.
You will be able to read and share this piece, in a cozy, intimate and quiet venue (we’re very excited to discover this space!). We’ll also invite a few people to join us from 8PM for a zine launch party. Bring your friends, and other +1’s.
We will host an impromptu converastion salon about what we did together, and how it felt, and what we learned.
Zine Launch Party + Conversation Salon
A launch party, for the public, and a conversation salon on the creative journey. Join creative photographers, designers, writers and others for this after-hours, after-atelier party and networking session. Tickets for the Zine Launch party (for guests not connected to the Atelier) are SGD30pp, and include a copy of the zine, S P A C E || Singapore. Book this ticket here: http://atelier-space-singapore.eventbrite.com
Relax, enjoy, converse, and connect. DK will also share zines from past ateliers hosted in London, Bangkok, and Phnom Penh.
‘What is the experience like?’
‘I’m in. What do I do now?’
To confirm your spot, be sure to book your ticket. We’re taking advance bookings only. Just 8 people for the Atelier S P A C E programme in Singapore, so early booking is advised. Very limited seats. Ages 18+. (Note: Ticket price will increase for late registration.)