A Philosophy of the Moment · Experiments in Expression · Ideas of Curiosity

Issue #164

In the shop: https://designkompany.gumroad.com/l/threefalls

I’m back publishing S P A C E again. It’s nice to share the latest. Very new style, this time. I’m getting into more long-form pieces. Fictions.

Gathering collaborators and those who inspired this project to give out copies of Issue #164,  S P A C E | ‘Three Falls.’ HT ML. Thank you for the other day.

I share in real life when I can. But now it’s pandemic-adjusted. Gone are the days I want to meet ‘whomever!’ for ‘a conversation and deep connection.’ No. I do have a lot of good memories, though.

S P A C E Mini-parties

I remember meeting people at ‘my place’, which I seem to always pick one for no matter where I am, and this was 2019, so yeah.

S P A C E | Riga, 2019. I loved publishing S P A C E there. Kind of befriended the person at the copy shop, too.

It was a little eatery in Riga. I had been wanting to go to Latvia as soon as I read about the Art Deco style of architecture there, and I was so, so done with Western Europe and all its hoity-toity stuff that you know, if you’re me, you get tired of because, you just do. Racism. There’s a thing called ‘Paris Syndrome.’ Just google it.

Not that it goes away completely, but it’s a different vibe, the other side of Europe. Prague in the early 2000s was a sneak peak of what I would find in 2019. A poorer side of Europe that matched, at least in slogging-by-the-day-to-get-your-pay’s work ethic, what I have seen in Vietnam. Oh, right. I was there, too, meeting up at another ‘my place.’ That time it was what we dubbed ‘Young’. I remember going to ‘New Young’ in Saigon, because it was more sparse, over and over and over after lockdown lifted last year around this time. To share and read and connect and talk and talk and talk. About everything. Hãy nói về mọi điều.

So many times. So many journeys. So many stops. So many conversations. One gets a bit tired of them, but one doesn’t stop, until they’re forced to. Staying still in Saigon was not a matter of choice, but it was important. A little bit of space and time to write Solitude (Kismuth / 2021). Ah, memories. More are flowing back now. In 2019, there was also an Atelier S P A C E popup at a sakura-blooming night in Tokyo, outside, on the grounds of a national museum with thousand-year old bowls and scrolls. Pure magic. HT B.

In this way I love to select, and share, with the handful of people whose paths that I’ve crossed who most intrigue, delight, and engage with what I feel is important. Naturally those things change no matter where you are, but at their center, the feeling is the same: let’s play. Jazz artists get that. Which is why I often collaborate with them.

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Autumn Leaves

Except they did. Tell you. That once you have ‘a body of work’ that the artist needs to step back, look at it, and make sense of what it is that this art is actually about.


What is S P A C E about? Yeahhhh.

The one where you look at the piles of written paragraphs, some typed, some penned, many scribbled so hastily you can’t even read them because you’re the person who does things analog and off the cuff, and so it is, with your illegible notes. Cool.

I’m going to dive in and re-design everything soon because starting over is my thing. While I do this I am recalling how it felt back in Seattle in 2008, writing my very first ‘artist statement.’ As I peruse the new advice on websites around the internet, I love this bit that I found on a site called The Creative Independent:


‘The discerning reader will notice it and judge you for it.’



Discerning readers are the same people who hire DK. They don’t just skim. They don’t just scan. They read. They read to the end. And they click links. I like that.

More soon on what Autumn Leaves is and why it matters, and how it feels more like art than a project of Design Kompany; actually, yeah. That’s the whole thing, really, DK is a project of Dipika Kohli. And I have to go back in time and revisit that old artist statement and see how much of it fits, today, with what this site is, wants to do, wants to be, and cares to share.

In 2008, though, I had written:

‘I want people to relax. To feel air, space, and comfort.’

Mostly that has not changed. And ‘Autumn Leaves,’ sketched over here, underlines it. HT ML and SA


Continued S P A C E

I’m still also publishing S P A C E, now it’s getting more storytelling style and fiction is in this upcoming issue. Yes, it is. Today I finished writing and typesetting Tuesdays’ issue. It’s ready to download, in the shop.



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Talking like it’s 1995

If you remember a time when you met someone because you were around them ambiently a lot, like, say, at a library or a cafe or a favorite bar or restaurant, then you might like the concept. I’m hosting a monthly meet, The Third Place.

Where time stops.

It’s for people Ages 40+ this next time. The next time is 9 July. There will be no instagramming or oversharing or anything weird. It’s just talking. Like we used to. Remember those days?

This is the registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-third-place-tickets-363441602617

It’s supported by crowdfunding. Here’s that page. http://chuffed.org/project/spacethezine

Originally posted today at LinkedIn. https://www.linkedin.com/company/design-kompany/