It’s a small, real-life meet up for a max of 4. It’s also a mini-workshop. It’s on FB.
Here’s a link.
Exact location to be shared by email, since you already know if you got the link to this page that I do not have a handphone.
Email me, so.
Today in real life.
I don’t know. It’s a long shot. But sometimes, remarkably, I actually do meet people through Eventbrite invites on the internet. One out of a hundred people I cross paths with are ‘my’ people. I think… I think I’m back ‘on’ with making invitations to this kind of maybe-you-can-just-show-up-and-meet-me jazz. Like ‘N‘. But… simpler. Way.
HT T. Thanks for that conversation, yesterday. Maybe see you at this?
You know the spot I’ll be at. The other details…
This week’s issue is ready to share.
It’s called S P C | Sài Gòn • ‘Start with Something Simple’.
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.
Papers is a *thing* now, as in, it’s going.
Quite beautifully, too.
Good conversations, with depth and substance, are taking place behind the scenes here at DK’s blog. Wanted to share a little of the backstory of how this whole ‘Papers’ idea got invented. Working on that, this month. Thinking, sharing quietly, 1:1 on email with the people I feel most ‘get’ it.
Late registration opportunity for June Papers..
Here’s what it is.
For the very curious.
A conversation in the cloud with new and different others. Guests are from DK’s 2006-2020 network of friends, collaborators, past clients, and newcomers. Make a space and discover your stories. As usual with DK’s spaces, *anything can happen*. But, given who has already registered, it looksl ike writing and poetry mostly, for June.
Try it? More information here.
More about Papers is here.
This message is for _.
So, I emailed you.
I tried different stuff, caps and stuff, still didn’t work.
So this post.
Meet me and my new friend same place next week on Tues? If you can that’d be great.
Hopefully you’ll see this. I have so much news!, so many stories. For example, I told the people at the place what you had said about it, can’t wait to report what happened after that.
Also, thank you for the notebook! I love it and am filling it with many things.
Can share more, next week. Just pop over.
If this weird blog messaging thing doesn’t work I will have to bug your cousin for your number. Then I will have to bug someone else to borrow a phone. Then you will get a weird number and then it will be… well. A bit awkward. But I will do it, you know I would, if only to say ‘thanks’.
I really appreciate the great conversations !
To be continued–
Email works, too.. this is how to get in touch..
PS So many things!, seriously.
Today, we share the newest issue of our weekly zine, S P C. It is Issue #75, S P C | Bangkok, ‘The Last Copy is for Reading Here.’
Our feature artist this time is Napisa Leelasuphapong.
Her photography is on the cover, and inside pages, too.
Photography, cultural identity and S P C
About the photography: ‘It talks about the way Thai elites in the period of colonisation borrowed the Western coloniser perspective,’ explains Leelasuphapong, ‘in looking at native villagers as ‘the others’; identifying them as barbarians to negatively identify themselves as civilised persons.’
She is referring to an academic article, ‘The Other Within,’ by Thongchai Winichakul. Getting more and more curious, we reached out to the author, who helped us learn more about the idea of place vis-a-vis a nation’s identity. You can find a Q&A with Winichakul about his 1993 article ‘The Other Within’ inside this issue,
The lead story is by DK Director Dipika Kohli, and is a first-person account of the experience going to Bangkok and discovering, on the spot, ‘In the Margins.’ Ahead of the publication, the conversations on email were very interesting and fun and also made us really get focused on what S P C is, and aims to be ‘So far, S P C has been about discovery–going to the field, seeing what we find, whom we meet, and finding ways to “create aesthetic moments, together”… which just means, did something cool happen.
‘Conversations with depth, exchanges of value… it doesn’t always turn into anything—occasionally places feel uncomfortable, or unsafe, or unwelcoming!–but we can take what we feel from discovering, deeply, not trivially, and investigating in one spot for a time and turn those feelings into issues of our zine. A few favorites for me are S P C | Brooklyn, ‘Art for Art’s Sake’, which was a great co-creation, and S P C | Aarhus, ‘Janteloven’–one of the early ones. It’s still figuring itself out, of course, but more and more, it’s designed to invite and include *new* and *different* others to connect, and interconnect us, in remarkable moments.’
S P C | Bangkok, ‘The Last Copy is for Reading Here’
You can find the zine in our store.
Here’s a link.
A special edition today.
For newly registered guests of our online project, ‘Papers.’ (Waitlist.)
It’s called S P C | In the Cloud, ‘Special Edition: “There is no Next Time”‘.
More on email, for registered guests *only*. Thanks!
Last few weeks, been offline.
Sometimes it’s nice to just narrow things down, and focus.
A few things. A few people.
Just 4, actually, for this next internet-based virtual installation. Four! Much simpler.
This is the new thing. The Interactive Papers Project. It is set to start 1 May.
As always with me, choosing where to focus, next, and what to make, has taken a bit of time and reflection. Because this time, I added, ‘for whom.’ The answer quite surprised me. Went offline for delving deeper, and came up with some new metrics for S P C, its goals, and the people I feel I most gel with when it comes to co-creating. Like ES said, once, ‘It’s not for everyone.’
Dipika Kohli’s Interactive Papers Project..
Thanks to all who have submitted applications. If you’ve been selected to register, you’ll have been notified by now. To those who’ve already confirmed by registering, check your inbox—just sent you an email.
I’m offline, but this is a scheduled post for 21 April.
Who knows where we will be in that time.
It’s a strange moment, and that’s an understatement!, but I’m visiting with many of my old ‘homes’ through internet calls these days where I am. Still in *Secret Location*. Still… of course, we’re all quarantining at the time of this writing. I won’t be answering emails for a while. I won’t be reading news. I’ll just be writing great chunks, I hope, of a work in progress that has been in my mind and on my heart for… 20 years, yeah. It’s sci fi, so of course I want to get the details right. Plot and stuff. Characters.
For my old acquaintances, high school buddies, college friends, and others I used to work with while living in North Carolina, one of my many, many homes (even if publishers there in Chapel Hill never accepted me as a ‘North Carolina’ writer and editors at the paper in Raleigh never let me publish my stories inside it except once, well, I still think of NC…) And for those there who think of me, I made this issue.
S P C | Durham, ‘Pasteboard.’
Here’s a link.
File under ‘Science Fiction.’
A science fiction short story this week, by Dipika Kohli.
Intermixed with her newest graphic art pieces. Cover by Boss.
Here’s a link..
Due to some things that I am certain you will know what they are, I’m staying put where I am in *secret location*.
Why? Lots of reasons.
Why not ‘go home?’
Tons to say.
As the world is paused here, in a strange WTF moment, let’s talk together, in S P C.
Earlier this year I started hosting real life popup conversation parties. The big idea was that we would pick a city that we all wanted to go to and show up for a few days, to find our way, together. Sometimes we book into the same guesthouses or hotels or whatnot, and sometimes we just meet up for part of the day. It’s like that. Free-form. As and how you want to roll with it is how you can roll with it. And stuff. Usually I wind up making the final decision about the locations, because I’ve been to these spots, personally, often multiple times. So I kind of know my way around a bit. Where to go for what, in the form and fashion that my kind of friends enjoy. Low-key, mostly. Unpretetious, unassuming, non-instagrammy. Know what I mean? I guess it’s like touring. But it’s like tour-plus-philosophy party and it’s also invite-only, more or less, these days. This week, I wanted to share S P C | *Secret Location*, ‘Cake Walk.’ It’s inspired by someone I met in *Secret Location* about seven years ago, JPC. (Thank you for the sharing. Thank you for the conversations. Welcome, and… welcome back. I wrote our story into this issue of S P C…)
#projectepicurus #spacethejourney #spacethezine
Order S P C | *Secret Location*, ‘Cake Walk’
Here’s a link..
Today we share our Bangkok issue, S P C | Bangkok, ‘Step a Little Closer.’
This title of this issue is from a 2015 poem I wrote,”Step a Little Closer,” for someone who helped me understand what S P C was trying to become, before I even knew myself. HT MT.
This week’s issue of S P C contains an excerpt from the freshly completed eBook by Dipika Kohli, called Step a Little Closer.
SPECIAL EVENT TIE-IN. To mark the publication of SaLC with a live event, DK will be reading from the new book at Neilson Hays Library in Bangkok on Wednesday, for a special discussion about this city, its “as told to DK” stories, and how anyone who wants to write their own stories can do that, too. More about that once-off 27 Feb event is here: http://salc.eventbrite.com
Order S P C | Bangkok, ‘Step a Little Closer”
It’s an exclusive for members of S P C.
Start your membership when you order S P C | Bangkok.
Here’s a link…