That was cool, getting in touch and sharing, and hearing from you. Thanks! Been fun, conversing as we do, now and then, all this time.
When we met, I was in one of my many, many borrowed rooms assembling this issue of S P C, (left), which was the first of the series from Latvia, Poland, and Slovakia.
So many cool people, and connexions, and conversations happened on those roads, and I was grateful for the opportunity to get there, HT AM!, and to enjoy them. A different world now, right? Difficult to move about so freely. Guess I got lucky, going when I did.
Something told me… why not just go now ? Some timing though, really. Those were places that sort of left quite the impression. I was a little surprised with myself to prepone my trip by like a year (the writers’ residency I’ve been invited to be part of in Ventspils at the International Writers’ and Translators’ House was due to happen in November 2020). Not sure when I can get back for that, or if, so yeah. Glad to have gone and met you and others ! Lucky timing. (HT, another friend whose first initial is I…)
Who knew we would all be dealing with lockdowns in various spots around the world and a pandemic, at this time ?
I’m in Vietnam.
Currently in Vietnam..
Well, here I am, doing exactly the same work as I was when we had met. Good people are around me, here, too, and I’m lucky as heck to get to assemble new writings from their points of view, and images, too, which some have shared (like this cover!), and this time, some cool stuff: spatial organic design. I’ll put together all the credits, for sure, on the day we launch, and share more about each of our contributors, then. ;)
That’ll come out on 30 June, with the issue, ‘Start with Something Simple.’
Always happy to reconnect with you, I.
[Moving the rest of this to a protected-page.. I’ll post it tomorrow. Will send passcode then!]
Words and images by Dipika Kohli.
Here’s a link.
A year ago at this time, DK was getting set to jet set from Bangkok to Rīga.
Art nouveau, for one. Conversations, for another.
Put them together, and you get… This. This week, S P C | Rīga, ‘This is This’.
Cover art is by Nils don Sihvola. (Discover his emotive digital photography works at instagram @nils_don_sihvola.)
Writing and inside graphic art is by Dipika Kohli.
It’s members-only, this one.
Start your subscription and learn more about the issue at the link.
Here’s the link.
Are starting to come into shape, now.
Science fiction crossed with zines, and a graphic art that is starting to become the signature style of S P A C E in recent issues: all of that.
‘Static on the Line’ is this week’s issue, with cover art by Dipika Kohli and a science fiction piece by A. Spaice included in these pages, too.
Here’s a link.
A great conversation set led to the creation of this issue of S P A C E.
Many thanks to Nils don Sihvola, whose cover art is featured here. The story is by Dipika Kohli.
NILS DON SIHVOLA
‘DIGITAL VISUAL arts-digital SLR and image processing-is my thing. In 2013 a friend sold me his Canon 500d digital camera. Instinctively and instantly, I knew that the digital camera would be my tool to make art. Art: something I’ve known since I was a child I wanted to make. Every year I practiced, and in 2017, went to study photography at Kymenlaakson opisto in Inkeroinen, Finland.
‘Ever since, I’ve wanted to investigate questions like, ‘How does form support content? What’s “balance” in a composition? What can an image say, in complement to, for example, a spoken message?’
‘In a world that relies on the flat 2d spectacle, rotating the axis to discover a fresh perspective can mean the difference between “love” and “pain.”’
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.
Note: Venue changed to a *secret location*. Sharing the location details with registering guests *only*.
Latvian Museum of Photography is hosting an artist talk by Maria Kapajeva. Her show is called ‘Dream Is Wonderful, Yet Unclear’.
Heard about this place. Have to go. Especially because there’s an event, an artist talk by Jānis Deinats. Nice imagery in the program for Riga Photomonth; we’re curious.
The exhibition, with the contribution of the creative agency and printed magazine Honeymoon High, will be focused on the self-image in the post-internet age, attempting to define online and offline conditions.
The title of the exhibition has been based on the idea expressed by American curator and one of the magazine Art in America editors Brian Droitcour. In his essay The Perils of Post-Internet ArtDroitcour writes that the relationship between art and the “post-internet” age can be compared to the relationship between pornography and sex: “Post-Internet art does to art what porn does to sex—renders it lurid.” The right angles, effusive facial expressions and postures, bodies balancing on the border of body perfection and deviation – all this is needed for us to believe in each aestheticized orgasm. Likewise, the art, too, lives in images – in perfect white-box contrast and saturation of colours.
Participants: Honeymoon High
Curator: Elīna Sproģe
Opening 17 May 7pm
Daily 3-7pm on Avotu 46
The opening week is scheduled for 13-18 May, but the official opening will take place on 15 May at the Museum of Occupation of Latvia.
Riga Photomonth is hosting the launch of an anthology of contemporary Latvian photography. We’ll be there to see who’s making what.
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.
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