‘What’s a zine?’
A ‘zine’ is a mini-magazine.
‘What is S P A C E?’
S P A C E is a zine.
It’s published every week.
It’s also a forum for virtual conversations, which happen at protected-page posts on this website.
- Read about how zine-making ateliers are DK’s solution to what the WHO calls ‘a public health threat’
‘Who is it for?’
People who love to explore.
They’re well-traveled, conversant on many topics, interested in other people, and like to learn new things.
You can be a part of the international, asynchronous conversation to gain fresh perspectives and converse with others whose paths you may not have otherwise crossed. Engineering serendipity in this way is one of my goals for making S P A C E. Why do that? Well, from personal experience I have discovered the richest, most useful information about life and life choices by simply talking to people. A lot. Different kinds of people, importantly. For a variety of inputs.
I believe members of S P A C E, like me, find value in conversing with real people and learning what they feel, think, and talk about instead of just reading passively on the internet or ‘consuming content.’ How is that relevant to us, if it’s not personalized? S P A C E makes everything more human-scale-personal.
Social distancing was never a problem for Atelier S P A C E, as we prefer introvert-friendly conversation spaces. I connect people and get us talking in small circles of no more than four at a time. This takes place in closed, small-circle virtual dialogues and real-life meetups.
‘What does it contain?’
Every quarter, S P A C E adopts a new theme. This season, it’s ‘An Ecology of the Moment.’
Creative thinking, creative approaches, unique perspectives, and researched items that members of S P A C E are talking over: that’s what’s inside.
Currently: meaningfulness, design, purpose, and how to arrive at elegant outcomes.
Just an example. The content and themes emerge weekly, based on what people are saying, and shift as newcomers join S P A C E, too.
At heart, S P A C E is a ‘Third Place:’ neither work, nor home.
It’s not a cocktail party, because those are showy, and often energy-consuming instead of relaxed, informal, and recurring. (I prefer smaller, and more comfortable occasions: I like when we start getting to know each other, over time.)
‘Is it on social media?’
On instagram, DK is at: http://instagram.com/dkompany
On FB, DK is at: http://facebook.com/designkompany
‘Who makes S P A C E?’
S P A C E is written by me and friends, also teammates in Atelier S P A C E.
I’m Dipika Kohli. Atelier S P A C E teammates are people who come to the events I host in the cities where I go, and who choose to participate in making zines with me.
Content is selected from myriad conversations that fall together when we meet and talk, regularly.
You can see some of the people whose work has appeared in S P A C E on the always-updating crowdfunding page. I feel lucky to have gotten to work with such talented people to make these informal publications.
‘How established is it?’
S P A C E has been going since 2017. We’ve made more than 200 issues so far. S P A C E has been in a few festivals: the Festival of the Photocopier in Melbourne, the San Francisco Zine Festival, and the Oulu Arts Festival.
‘How often do you publish?’
It’s a weekly.
‘Can I contribute a story?’
I prefer to publish people who are already members of S P A C E, which includes people who come to events, long-term acquaintances, and past participants in DK workshops.
‘Where can I get it?’
You’ll be able to pick up new copies every week in person at small venues around Phnom Penh from December 2023. Contact me for info.
‘What does it look like?’
The format is always changing.
Like the themes taken every season, the form morphs based on what best fits the people who write and read it.
‘Why do you make S P A C E?’
‘How can I subscribe?’
You can also pick it up at stockists in Phnom Penh. Contact us to get real-time details, as things change rather quickly here and it’s best to confirm.
Thanks for your interest in S P A C E.