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S P C | Đà Lạt, ‘In the flowers’

Tuesday in S P A C E we publish the zine, S P A C E | Đà Lạt, ‘In the flowers’. This was a co-creation between Dipika Kohli and BOSS in January 2019. (So yes! Quite recently… just a few short weeks ago.) Something about making them up as we go, publishing while still in the vicinities that have inspired them, is a lot of fun. The energy is good. Momentum, too. We’re jazzed to open a new chapter in S P A C E, Spring 2019, ‘The Book of New Things.’ The title came from a very intriguing and cool, unexpected series of events that led to an unusual place, which is how all beautiful beginnings begin. Surprising new departures. More about S P A C E | Đà Lạt, ‘In the flowers‘.

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S P C | Berlin, ‘Strange Geometries’

IT IS ALMOST ready to share, but not quite, but almost, which is better than not-at-all. The weekly publishing schedule is a wonderful and familiar rush, for me. I used to edit the Tuesday pages of a paper in Seattle, so putting together the weekly issue of S P A C E for release on this day is reminiscent of that time of my life. Copy writing, copy editing, sourcing new work, putting things together in a theme that makes sense as a work, as a ‘piece.’ My good friends Michael Bridgett, Jr. and Akira Morita, mostly, and a handful of others who came and went, were part of a giant conversation salon in a protected-page forum that was themed, ‘Strange Geometries.’

Which. Was. Awesome.

 

Art, work & meaning-making

In that place, we started getting very, very intriguing dialogues going and those were the things that informed the context within which this Tuesday we release S P A C E | Berlin, ‘Strange Geometries.’ Wherever did Berlin come in, you wonder, if you think we are still Cambodia-bound? Well. It’s a good story, if you want to hear it. But you can see the pictures: don’t they speak thousands of words, each, as they say? I’m not convinced they do, personally, unless they’re shot in a way that has the experience and discernment to see what you can see when you look and feel ‘the street,’ as the photographer Benjamin Nwaneampeh and I had discussed over this lovely conversation recorded for all those who want to know why instagram photography and real phtoography are different. Listen to the podcast, ‘Don’t just document, make art.

What is art?
What is value?
What is work?
What is the point of aesthetic moment-design?
Or making salons online in protected-page forums, even?
Or bothering about anything that requires actual time, actual caring, actual collaboration, and actual, well, Work.

The Work of Art was where this started, with the issue S P A C E | Brussels, ‘The Work of Art,’ in which we got started with this thread of thinking about what it all is for, anyway.

That which has been discovered, shared, discussed (at some length), and reprocessed has been distilled into this set of short writings, collected fragments of other thinkers from The Past (who might surprise you), photographs from Berlin, and illustrations in a new graphic style that seems to be the zine-like ‘vibe’ that S P A C E is playing with, lately, here.

Here’s to the journeys, the new, the near, and the next.

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S P C | Rovaniemi, ‘Arctic Circle’

‘… published books…’

‘…’

‘Wait. Have you published a book, DK?’

‘Yeah.’

‘Well, is it on Amazon?’

‘No! I don’t like that company ! The way they treat people and–‘

‘Listen. Amazon’s not going to change and people are still going to use it, whether or not you have qualms with the way they treat people. So why not just use it? Why not make money on the side while you’re doing these other things?’

‘Nobody buys my books ! Hardly.’

‘Well somebody does, right? Somewhere, sometime.’

‘Usually if I meet them, then yeah, it’s so… interesting… it’s like this one-click thing and…’

‘Well, yeah. And why not let yourself benefit from that, instead of just keeping everything on some obscure website in a hard-to-use way, because you disagree on principle with Amazon?’

 

‘The man’ vs the individualist

‘I see your point.’

‘You do?’

‘Yeah, yeah. Selling isn’t bad. But I just don’t wanna use Amazon. I don’t like how they put me next to the other titles and I totally don’t want to be in those pigeonholed categories. So I’ll just make S P A C E. Every week, and see what happens and get to know more about it and see, you know? See.’

‘But, what you really need to be doing is writing another book.’

‘Oh.’

‘…’

*beat*

‘What?’

‘I feel like just making more zines though.’

‘…’

‘A book is a commitment. And no one reads my books.’

‘You don’t know that.’

‘That’s, um. That’s true.’

‘…’

‘So what are you going to do?’

‘Write. And let it happen. Whatever it is, it is.’

*winging it*

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