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S P A C E | HCMC, 'Zinery in the Era of Covid'

This week, we present a special issue of S P A C E inspired by several things that came into our world in recent days. For example, the term 'sadfishing,' and also, the ongoing research that we had begun in our Papers project about 'zinery in the era of covid.' We love to research and reporting, so we did a little of that, old school reporter style, to people whom we know and people we don't, and people we kind of do because we already have queried them before, and asked about the questions, 'what are things to look forward to as virtual zine fairs take place and more people from around the world can take part?' We got curious, learned, and made this issue in response. Zinery, for us, in the era of covid is... this issue.

The lead story this time is 'Hời Hợt,' by DK Creative Director Dipika Kohli.

The Wikipedia quote on 'sadfishing.' Here is a snippet--

Sadfishing is a term used to describe a behavioural trend where people make exaggerated claims about their emotional problems to generate sympathy, The name is a play on "catfishing." Sadfishing is a common reaction for someone going through a hard time, or pretending to be going through a hard time... A... consequence of this behaviour is that people with "real problems" end up being overlooked or even accused of sadfishing themselves and being bullied for it. Sadfishing can be caused by many things, the main reason being that someone doesn't get enough attention, and/or has low self-respect. This is proven by the fact that people sadfishing are looking for compliments: very close to narcissistic behaviour, but with desire for compliments from other people for self-satisfaction. 
Sometimes adults partake in sadfishing because of jealousy. When someone finds themselves threatened by another person who takes all the attention, they may respond with sadfishing behaviour. Loneliness can result in sadfishing as well; by posting about their emotional problems, people tend to crave attention. Posts about anxiety and depression are really common while sadfishing, as people tend to show care and give attention to the one sadfishing... Anti-social behaviour can lead to sadfishing as well: if someone has no friends and no one to talk to, she or he often ends up sharing it online....'

About Dipika Kohli

Dipika Kohli's written and visual work, as well as curations, juxtapose people, place, and found imagery in 'minitheaters' as well as digital 'zines' like S P A C E. She engages with media at hand, wherever she is, to build something out of what's available in that moment, with that feeling. A bricolage artist at heart, she thus invites the new to enter any frame: when mixed, there is invitation for those who are participant to connect, reconnect, and revisit their idea of such fixed thinking as 'this is where this is taking us' and 'here is what we know.' Do we know anything, for sure? Ask the quantum physicists. Ask N. Bohr: 'How wonderful that we have met with a paradox; now we have some hope of making progress.'


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