Desk Notes

YDKWYDK

Tickets go on sale tomorrow.


For the opening reception of ‘You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know.’


It’ll be a zoom call, with members of S P A C E invited, along with their guests.

Register for a two-month membership to participate if you are curious about all things S P A C E and what we write about behind protected-page posts. It’s where it gets more interesting, because a conversation is way better than one-way, to us. For a two-month membership, here’s a link. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/opening-reception-you-dont-know-what-you-dont-know-tickets-164598130439 

Thank you, to the curious amongst you, reading this. For being curious. It all starts there [deleted]..


Art by Dipika Kohli

Experiments in Expression · Papers

3 May | Call for Papers

Papers is a way for people to explore ideas together, in a nonjudgmental safe space with a seasoned editorial team headed by Dipika Kohli at DK, to guide.


May 2021 Register at: http://call4papers.eventbrite.com/

What is Papers?

An online writing-and-design-and-generally-creative circle for community. Ambient community that is. International and asynchronous: ‘Papers.’

Here’s how it works.

 

How does it work?

No meetings. Just email: asynchronous, international. Four prompts, sent on Mondays at 7AM USEST. Email converstaions follow with your group, in order to develop your ideas, push past the edges of your creative thining, and link you to our international community.

 

Why?

Because we are tired of superficial, inane chatter and want some actual depth, progression and substance in our online converations. That’s why. Four weeks of amazing online conversations with a max of 4 hosted by DK. More than 120 issues of our zine have been created through ongoing conversations with our guests and collaborators.

Writing. Sharing. Making. New stories. Together. In S P A C E.

Advance bookings only. 

Register online.

Here is a link:

http://call4papers.eventbrite.com/

Thanks.

Desk Notes

Finishing touches, ebbs & flows

Called Cambodia today.

Breakfast in Cambodia, by DK’s Dipika Kohli (Kismuth Books 2016)

There is the virus. There is more of it than before. There are concerns and there are provisions, there are floutings, there are commiserations, and, like here where I am in Vietnam at the moment, there are the warm middays. These are the things I am hearing, in calls with friends and colleagues in Cambodia, in days of late. Was trying to find my way back to Phnom Penh for most of 2020. Then, it started to sink in that that just wasn’t gonna happen. So [deleted]… and now, here I am. Continue reading “Finishing touches, ebbs & flows”

A Philosophy of the Moment · Experiments in Expression

24 March | Popup Atelier S P A C E Meetup

 

 

Wondering how we got to making bilingual issues of S P A C E, ever since winding up in Vietnam (long story). Well. It starts simply enough. Shall I tell you? Alright then.

This is how it starts.

I gather my energies and finally get around to making an invitation.

[deleted]

Ready and set.

The next popup? Is on.

Discover Atelier S P A C E

About this Event

A meetup for those interested in new things.

We are Design Kompany, a producer of experiential learning workshops in Asia, Europe, and N. America (usually). Lately we are in Vietnam and collaborating with new people who make things, too. Photographers, designers, illustrators, graphic artists, typographers, digital media specialists, and the very curious are welcome to meet us in real life at this rare poup art installation.

Atelier S P A C E is in HCMC, in District 3. The event will be at a cafe on Ly Van Sy near the big market, by the canal. The exact location will be shared with registered guests *only*. You will receive an email with the meetpoint and a number to connect with in case you get lost.

This is an open format program. The invitation is open. There is a participation fee. Register to confirm your spot. Here’s a link.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/atelier-s-p-a-c-e-meetup-tickets-146866045295

Thanks.

Desk Notes

S P A C E is changing. Of course it is.

Special thanks to Hanoi-trained and Ho Chi Minh City-based product and food photographer Thắng Chu, of Uncle Photography, for the series of images that he took for us of our magazine, S P A C E. A few of them are below and also at our crowdfunding page.

What is the point of S P A C E? Design and discovery. Putting together the highlights of what we uncover, by simply inserting ourselves into the world, asking questions, and not giving up on the idea that you learn more when you learn more together. Here’s us, doing the jam, still. Discovering, and co-creating, as we go. Together, in S P A C E. Even when it’s a pandemic. Even when we’re not sure who’s around. Who’s interested. Who’s not blocking themselves from becoming better. Who’s okay with looking at something in a new way. In a country that doesn’t like to do that, it’s been one hell of a trick. Still, we keep doing our work, we keep making S P A C E. Boring or depressed foreigners aside, we’re looking for the people who are looking for the new. That’s it. That’s the whole thing. It always was, I just didn’t know it.

For the very curious

More about this project is at our newly updated crowdfunding page.

Here’s a link.

http://chuffed.org/project/spacethezine

Thanks.

Also, be sure to check out the work of photographer Thắng Chu at his site: www.thangchuphotos.com. Also see Instagram: @thangprofoto

Watch this space:)

Dipika

PS Reflecting on the 2020 year of change and stuff, I realize it’s time to say a thank-you. Special thanks to those who have supported S P A C E since the start. A lot of you donated anonymously to the campaign so I won’t call you out here. But you know who you are. I appreciate it. The best is yet to come, and I feel amazingly lucky to have the support from so many talented, smart and creative people in my sphere both near, and far. We are making it happen. Sharing the journey, one designful moment at a time. But you already knew I could deliver on that, and I appreciate it that you kept showing up for me, even when the showing up (for you, for me) was not easy. Thanking you. I read on a website somewhere that courage isn’t having the strength to go on. Courage is going on, even when you don’t have the strength…S P A C E was born in the waning hours of 2018. Today, it’s starting to start… naturally, a baby takes time to learn how to find its footing. #readyset #outofthecave2021

 

 

Desk Notes

‘Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard’

I was listening to this song on a yellow radio that only had a few channels and was super staticky, in a studio in a school in Brooklyn where I was ‘living in New York City once.’ That was 1999.

I was doing some screentprinting. Weirdly, the things that I was making then, on that day, were very similar to what I’m doing today. In S P A C E. Words and images. Poetry. No screenprinting, now, but still. It’s fun to hit ‘print’ sometimes and collage a few zines.

This song came up in a conversation that is going to take shape in ‘Rapprochement.’ Which has everything to do with the things that have to do with angling yourself against your… past…

The story, ‘Rapprochement’ will be shared soon. It’s written by S P A C E contributing writer Michael Tharamangalam.

More soon.

The race is long. In the end it’s only with yourself…

Desk Notes

11 February | Designers Korner

A virtual Korner

Gonna try this.

Find me on LinkedIn and send me a message, if you want to join a virtual Zoom call that will see a maximum of six guests. This is a chance to meet new people from DK’s network. An international network, and not just full of ‘like-minded people,’ which I find to be extremely short-sighted, and rather boring. I went to Eastern Europe in 2019 to round out my own understandings of what ‘Europe’ is, and that was gritty and tough and difficult in many ways because it wasn’t the manicured tourist-friendly, dollar-loving streets of [insert any major globalized and no-longer-able-to-describe-itself-uniquely because of course everyone looks like a hipster from that cutout stuff you find online, you know what I”m talking about Western European city]. Plus, racism. Dumb.

Anyway I’ve enjoyed building my international conversations over the years, and value so much the safe, comfortable, and remarkable exchange of ideas. Amongst people who actually care about that. About wanting their lives to be more, for lack of a better word, interesting.

C said once in a green back-alley restaurant in Hoi An, ‘Most people are boring.’

My eyes grew wide.

‘You can find good friends,’ he continued, ‘in books.’

So guess what? I’m reading a ton nowadays.

And also: writing.

***

HT CS, a great call yesterday. In S P A  C E.

 

Choices

Back to the old threads on ‘Choices,’ this month, in Papers. And ‘Healing,’ too. Let me leave you with these few lines from the songwriter, Trịnh Công Sơn

Mỗi ngày tôi chọn một lần thôi
Chọn tiếng ru con nhẹ bước vào đời
Tôi chọn nắng đây chọn cơn mưa tới
Để lúa reo mừng tựa vẫy tay

HT MN and friends of Papers, in S P A C E.

Also, nhớ đeo khẩu trang.

'S' is for Sincerity · A Philosophy of the Moment · Desk Notes · Found in the Field

‘Cá nằm trên thớt’

So many things are happening simultaneously that it’s hard to feel the feelings, see the things that need to be seen, and make the decisions, or watch them happen.

So I understand, from ambiently and osmosis-ically?, I like making up words sometimes, haha, so I understand from being here and observing, day after day, morning after morning, the churn and whirr of the routines in this neighborhood. District 3, in HCMC. I’m in Vietnam. This is turning into the [deleted]. But many, I’m sure, are doing this same thing.

Uncertainty

Not sure what’s going to come, and not being able to plan are things people are sharing with each other. I know. It’s not like I’m really eavesdropping but I can kinda tell. Maybe it’s the 27 countries I’ve visited and spent bunches of time in, including the seven years and counting in Southeast Asia, to date. Um. Long story I could launch into here, but that’s not really pertinent.

Uncertainty is like… being a fish on the chopping board.

Start liking seafood and fish sauce… is what someone on the /vietnam subreddit wrote. I. Think. That’s. Good advice.

More to share, but not now. I want to give our new acquaintance time to find the way back to emailing with me about the things ahead. I am thinking about starting an inbound tourism company, too, by the way. I can. I have some ideas. I even have some osmosis-experience.

Lol. I’m just trying to cheer you up, O.

I met O. over a conversation that started with a thing about me having to fork over USD 990.

Good thing I have… a job? Wait. I don’t have one of those. I have DK. DK is where I am. Existing.

‘Cá nằm trên thớt’

We’re gonna talk about it, O. When your’e ready.

If you want.

Let’s see.

 

1 Nov | ‘Expanding Windows’ [Virtual]

It’s *happening*.

A workshop and conversation about who we are and what we can become.

Thanks to those who are ready to take part in this. I’ve sent the details along on email.


 

‘Who am I?’..

A gigantic question. And yet, the bedrock of every important decision you will make.

Modernity means we are faced with so many, many choices. Where to live, whom to invest time in, how to manage our conflicting and ever-changing state of emotions, and, of course, the cacophony of messages that bombard our smartphones 24/7.

What to do with our lives, and how to make those choices, are not, however, impossible to uncover. It starts with design. Which goes to the center of the creative process, itself: exploring widely and deeply to consider the things that you are seeing and also, listening to the inner voice that tells you who you really are.

Knowing yourself. Is the start. Of making every decision that really matters, in a way that yields an outcome you will be able to look back on and say, ‘No regrets.’

Advance bookings only. Max 4. Only registered guests will be sent the exact venue details.

More details and registration info is at the registration page.

Here’s a link.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/125919000119

Thanks. ;)