S P A C E | Phnom Penh, ‘Angle of Incidence’
From 2014-2018, so far, Cambodia has been one of DK’s ‘homes.’ Ask us sometime about the deciding on ‘what home is’, because coming to Phnom Penh planlessly with neither income, savings, nor more than a handful of contacts was where the learning began. Spend time in a place far from where you think you’re from, get to know it. Then, you’ll see change, within. You’ll see parts of yourself you didn’t know were there: like with any piece of good art that you encounter, or an installation, say, you start to sense a new way of thinking about things that for so long just seemed like ‘how it is.’ But ‘that’s just how it is’ is boring. What’s intriguing is what Phnom Penh has taught DK to enjoy: not knowing what’s around the next bend, not seeing too far, but going anyway. Detaching, month by month, year by year, from the old programmes that hold you back from exploring fully what it means to become yourself. That’s the journey.
D K ‘ S I N S T A L L A T I O N S & P U B L I C A T I O N S
** S P R I N G 2 0 1 4 – W I N T E R 2 0 1 8 **
‘Arts & Letters Society’
Conversation installations & ateliers
S P A C E | Phnom Penh // TINI 2018
BEAUTY: ‘What is it? Who gets to decide?’ // D22 2016
ORIGIN // Milk Green Tea 2014 & Eleven Kitchen | Embassy of Bulgaria 2018
HELLO AUGUST // Cabaret 2016
ENNUI // Comme a la Maison 2016
‘BREAKFAST IN CAMBODIA’ // Brown Norodom, TINI 2016
MATH + JAZZ // The Elephant Bar with Mathias Aspelin and Saki Yakabe 2016
THE BOOK OF TIME // Rattanakiri, Anakot Asia, & Zino 2016
CHOICES // The 1961 Siem Reap 2014
‘N’ Phnom Penh: NORMALITY ‘What’s normal?’ // NUK Cafe 2014
‘Breakfast in Cambodia’ (Kismuth Books // 2016)
Kismuth Books‘ Breakfast in Cambodia is by author Dipika Kohli(TEDx, NPR). Breakfast is the first of a new series, The Village Report, which chronicles the true story of abandoning a way of life and a set of ideals for ‘how things should be done.’The Village Report started as a monthly column for two US publications from 2013-2015, both in places where Kohli has ties. (Saathee in North Carolina, and the Northwest Asian Weekly in Seattle). Breakfast is a true story of disconnecting from life in a rich, Western country for one year on ‘the road’ in south and southeast Asia. Of landing in Phnom Penh, and reinventing a sense of self.
‘One of the things that I hope this book will do is show a brighter, more warm side of Cambodia than is usually portrayed through a Western lens,’ says Kohli. ‘This has been one of the most exciting places I’ve ever seen, rich in juxtapositions and open with its anything-can-happen personality. I love Phnom Penh, and I want to show, as best I can and as respectfully of the local people that I might, what two and a half years observing and taking notes, quietly and from the margins, has taught me.’ What solitude, time, distance and quiet space can teach us about our innermost selves is the heart of this story, she says. ‘I really think this next thing,’ says Kohli. ‘I believe this. That in our modern world, the village is one to which we all belong—as humanity. There is a quiet, strong, ancient village that dates back centuries. It’s ours. It’s beautiful. And it belongs to all of us.’
A B O U T A T E L I E R S P A C E
Discover the collection, S P A C E, at http://designkompany.com/space-the-zine.
More about Atelier S P A C E is here. Next stops are under our ‘upcomings.’
More about DK and our work to make S P A C E and Z I N E S, so as to connect and interconnect new and different others,