Issue #81

This week’s issue is ready to share.

It’s called S P C | Sài Gòn • ‘Start with Something Simple’.

#81

About ‘SwSS’…

Trang Le’s story, ‘A Discovery of… Myself,’ is the lead story. It is in Vietnamese. One of the most sharply observing young people DK has met in a long time, it is a chronicling of the author’s experience slowly passing time in Đà Lạt, away from home. Two of her photographs showcasing the natural beauty in and around Đà Lạt are included, too. You’ll also find some quirky terrariums created by Dinh Ngô, who shared these images with DK for this issue after we happened to find them in real lfe. He, too, like Le, had found new ways to discover—in this case, a new creative pursuit—over the period of lockdown. Experimenting with making… terrariums led to a new outcrop of beginnings, it seems. The cover photograph and inside images give you an idea of the vibe.

Special thanks to Bích Ngọc, who translated into Vietnamese Dipika Kohli’s  short dialogue, ‘Phoneless,’ about a true encounter in real life in Ho Chi Minh City with someone who, like Kohli, professed he, too, does not have a phone.

How to order..

S P C | Sài Gòn • ‘Start with Something Simple’ is ready to order.

Here’s a link.

http://gum.co/space-saigon-swss

Thanks!

Popup: Atelier S P A C E | Hanoi

Design Kompany is hosting Atelier S P A C E | Hanoi for a small group of curious and creative people to collaborate to make a zine.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN. You’ll connect with one another to find the story that we’ll then pack together into a 16-page printed zine. Walk away with a chance to engage with new and different others, make something together in a truly collaborative fashion, get to know a team of world-travelling designers at Design Kompany, and be part of an international conversation. S P A C E is going to cities of Northern Europe and Southeast Asia (Sept. 2017-Sept. 2019). Back issues of our magazine are in our online store (see link in menu). Last time DK were in Hanoi, DK released the zine S P A C E | Hanoi, whose lead story, ‘Unnecessary Jackets,’ was written by a longtime member of S P A C E. It is about family obligation in Vietnam and one young person’s struggle with that to realize his own personal life dreams.

Choose a day that works for you. Bring a +1 for free.

Registration fee: USD 15. All materials provided. Ages 16+. No experience necessary.A

S P A C E | Rīga

Readers, writers, designers, artists, curators, and publishers: this is S P A C E.

At this once-off event, you can meet Design Kompany and the friends here whom we have discovered while in Rīga for the last six weeks.

You’ll be able to: learn about self-publishing, and tap into DK’s 20+ years of writing and working independently. Ask questions. Discover. DK travels to cities of Southeast Asia and Northern Europe to make issues of the weekly mini-magazine, ‘S P A C E.’ This party is to launch the recently created new issues in our series. They are: S P A C E | Rīga, ‘Sunny Side of the Street,’ S P A C E | Rīga, ‘Drift,’ and S P A C E | Rīga, ‘The Weather Report.’ DK aims to create a safe, welcoming space for new and different others to connect & interconnect, one conversation at a time. This is the work of Atelier S P A C E, mini-parties, salons, installations, and our weekly magazine. As such, we’ll read from the the stories we’ve been writing and publishing since mid-April, which are set right here. Especially popular, so far, are: ‘Sn_wfall’ and ‘Love is Boring’. You’ll have a chance to read them.

Here is a light schedule for the evening…

S P A C E | Rīga

. 7PM ‘Do-it-yourself’ Philosophy. A conversation on: DIY publishing, travel, nomadism, concepting, art & design.
. 8PM Reading from part of ‘Sn_wfall,’ the lead story of S P A C E | Rīga, ‘The Weather Report’
. 9PM Gifts and closing comments

S P A C E | Rīga will be hosted by Dipika Kohli and A. Spaice

You’ll have a chance to experience what others in Copenhagen, Hanoi, London, Phnom Penh, Bangkok, and Helsinki have already experienced in similar small circles. Discover it. Experience it.

Expect the unexpected !

Tickets are €12.

Register here to book your spot.

Limited seats.

Note: Venue changed to a *secret location*. Sharing the location details with registering guests *only*.

Atelier S P A C E | Riga

Make a ‘zine’ with DK. Get to know more about the DIY-style of publishing a mini-magazine. Techniques, templates, samples and demonstrations are all part of this short, sweet creative workshop that has been traveling Southeast Asia and N. Europe since 2017.

Discover S P A C E, the conversations and the zines. Make, take, converse, and enjoy. Learn more about DK’s Atelier S P A C E and couture zines at instagram.

Workshop fee: €15, includes workshop materials + 1 coffee or tea.

Max 8.

Art of Conversation

Meet DK in real life for conversation about whatever we discover about one another, when we make time for real life. And some really incredible cakes. Join DK for this short and sweet real-life popup conversation party. Small. Cozy. Relaxing. No need to prepare anything, come with an open mind and a story to share. Your ticket includes one cake + coffee or tea + a surprise mini-gift like the small book, ‘The Book of New Things,’ pictured below.

Explore, together, the lost art of conversation. If you are creatively inclined, come to the event and while you are here ask us about opportunities to be published in our weekly magazine, S P A C E. Currently writing a series of fresh issues each week, which are set in Latvia. You can learn about this work to make a mini-magazine every week, at our website. Questions? Get in touch wtih us through the form at our contact page.

Languages: English, Latvian

Update: Find ‘Art of Conversation’ event on FB.

S P A C E | KL, ‘Kaunter Tiket’

This is an exclusive for members of S P A C E. To become a member, subscribe to our weekly digital zine, S P A C E. You can do this on our crowdfunding page. That page is here.

KAUNTER TIKET. This issue is a graphic update to our first zine from Kuala Lumpur, this is a S P A C E special issue. It’s got a creative nonfiction pieces that weaves the story of what it felt like to be in Bukit Bintang for a good block of time and run into ‘whomever will tell the story the way it wants to be told.’ Never expected—and that’s the best way—to discover this story. More about it is here.

 

Atelier S P A C E | Phnom Penh

LET’S TALK ABOUT work. How we discover, find, and make new connections for meaningful work. Let’s cover all of the ways ‘value’ is exchanged. Be it through the mutual interest that leads to the sharing of new, fresh ideas, or unexpected input that develops the shape of thinking that comes from places that might not be the ‘usual’ ones, or something else.

No more boring meetings: What are the ways we can define and realize our own best ‘work?’ How can we find a way towards better collaboration, design, and meaningful contribution-making? These are important. Let’s not waste time. Let’s make things better, together. Better and more enjoyable: that’s the key.

How do we design the S P A C E that lets fresh thinking flow?

Let’s consider. Let’s discuss.

Our first conversation salon on this topic in Phnom Penh will take place on one afternoon, only.

WHAT YOU’LL GET. DK will share:

  • Grice’s ‘Maxims of Conversation’, as introduced to us by Eric Chuk, who studied narrative ontology
  • Quick intro to ‘Six Thinking Hats’, a method of opening dialogue.
  • Distributed and autonomous organization, or TEAL/Holacracy organization

No application required.

This salon will be hosted by DK’s Akira Morita. He has delivered design thinking and leadership seminars in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Manila, and Hanoi, and prior to that co-founded the brand design boutique Design Kompany in Seattle. He brings a decade plus worth of experience talking passionately about the meaning of work—and relationships as the key—as a participant and a host of fringe salons alongside coworking conferences in: Austin, Bali, Raleigh, and Portland, Ore.

RSVP…

To RSVP, get a ticket here.

Or, to connect personally, find Akira Morita on FB. If you don’t have fb just contact us through the form on our contact page.

LEARN MORE ABOUT DK’S SALONS…

Processed Identity | GOOD | ThisBigCity

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Atelier S P A C E || Kärsämäki

MAKE A ZINE with just eight people.

Meet new people. Make a publication. Short, sweet, and on the spot. Join us at Atelier S P A C E || Kärsämäki. 

DESIGN KOMPANY are hosting a popup workshop, Atelier S P A C E, at Kärsämäki in Finland.
This is a zinemaking atelier.

It will kick off on 21 July, which is International Zine Day. This is a family friendly event.

A zine is a short collection of images and words usually photocopied, in small quantities, and distributed by hand.

Here is why it matters.

Zine culture is making a comeback, as more people distrust the usual news media channels and turn their attention to what people they know personally, and whom they feel they can trust are saying, making, and sharing. That’s why social proof and social media are important. But there is the old, more traditional way of relating to people: in person. So let’s make time and come out for a real-life conversation series that gets us all talking together, with those we might not have met, in an unusual way. Working and collaborating to put something new into the world: a zine. It doesn’t have to be a big task, nor does it have to be ego-driven. Everyone knows what a pain it is to work with artists!

Art can connect us, but the specific kind of space that does it well needs to be designed. That’s where Design Kompany steps in. ‘I thought it would be neat to use the zine format to do the work of bridging silos,’ says DK’s creative director, Dipika Kohli. ‘Anyone who has ever worked in publishing knows how important the first few meetings are, where you simply brainstorm ideas together. That’s the fun part… seeing what others want to know more about, learn and discover in the world right around us. I remember doing that when I was in southwest Ireland, working with an alt newspaper there, very new, very fun, very loose, and very exciting. Given the times we are in now, we can try to engage people in ways that get us all talking, get us offline again, in public and semi-public spaces, to just simply be. Not work. Not home. Not the internet. But a place where you can just relax and talk with people about things that are going on. Conversation is important. Let’s make more of it, and then, let’s find a theme, and work together to make a zine.’

Atelier S P A C E uses the zine form to gather people’s voices, and interconnect those whose paths might not have crossed. The big idea is to make something new, together. Systems thinkers say that gathering people for spontaneous spaces that might lead to new insights is one way to begin the road to innovation. Breaking new ground starts with trying new things. Leaders in their fields recognize that finding a new way to discover is a real need. Creating opportunities for people to practice how to do that is one of the goals for DK’s ateliers. But so is good fun, and making something new, with people in a creative way.

‘Art, at its best, is a conversation,’ says Kohli, an author and artist who practices and studies relational aesthetics in her more recent work. ‘Making more space, and more quality space, for us to learn about and discover new perspectives, from new people, is what our ateliers, salons, and magazines are all about.’ Here’s how it works. ‘DK go to a new place, meet people and co-create something in a short, on the spot workshop that’s also kind of a performance art installation at times (when it happens in public space!). I think you can get a sense of it from our Instagram, dkompany. Generally, the idea is we’d make a piece with new writing and other visual elements for an 8-page zine, S P A C E. And add it to our collection of zines made in the same way in different cities.’

ABOUT DK. Design Kompany LLC started as a brand identity design studio in Seattle in 2004. In 2013, DK went on the road to practice the unknown, uncertain and different, which led to new connections, with new people, in new places. This set the stage for 2017’s and 2018’s intent to create zines, in the short spaces of time, while on the road looking for the chance encounter…. And folding it into S P A C E. Atelier S P A C E is a traveling zinemaking popup Atelier, designed in response to a new realization. People aren’t used to trying new things. People need space and time to get back to exploring, in a playful way, towards new approaches, and even innovations. Starting the tour in Southeast Asia in Sept. 2017, DK have created zinemaking ateliers in: Battambang, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Phnom Penh, and Bangkok. ‘The idea is to explore ways we can co-create hyperlocal, interwoven stories with new and different others who participate in the atelier’s salons. Through conversations, we find a theme. Together. It’s a collaboration to make a unified piece, and each issue of S P A C E highlights the conversations, places, and people we each discovered in the bounded box of either one, two, or 4-week ateliers,’ says DK’s Kohli. See the journey of S P A C E so far, at http://instagram.com/dkompany.

Special thanks to Kahvila at the campus of Kattilakoski Culture Cooperative. 

REQUEST INFO. We have limited seats for this event. Request more info by email to find out more. Here is how to connect with us:

Atelier S P A C E || Helsinki

MAKE A ZINE. Up to 8 people will be selected to participate in this once-off, popup atelier that doubles as a conversation salon. You will find people who are interested in discovering the way conversations can help us find a central theme, and then, together with those guests, you will make an 8-page zine. A ‘zine’ is a mini magazine, often printed on a photocopier and distributed in limited editions by hand. This issue of the series S P A C E will be added to Design Kompany’s international collection of pieces made in small ateliers around the world, in this same way. For Helsinki, we’ll do everything in one sitting: meeting at the national library and together creating something, on the spot. Walk away with new friends, a wider international perspective (we’ll have the other zines on hand for you to read), and a piece that you helped publish. DK makes S P A C E for new and different others to find remarkable connexion. Keen on journalism, design, writing, illustration, photography, or something related? Most welcome to join us at Atelier S P A C E || Helsinki, before the atelier returns to Southeast Asia in Sept. 2018.

Atelier S P A C E || Helsinki

MAKE A ZINE, with just 8 others. In this popup atelier that gathers people who want to work together to make a short publication. Writers, designers, artists, illustrators, and other creatives are welcome to apply. Be a part of the international conversation.

Atelier S P A C E is creating zines in a limited edition in each of the cities where DK go.

Book your ticket(s) here.