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MAEKAN is a publisher and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about creative accountability, participation, and culture within a broader global community. MAEKAN's focused on equipping creators with the tangible and intangible tools to succeed and define the future of creative culture.

We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/maekan/support
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Namu Farm is a quaint two-acre property located an hour and a half outside of San Francisco. In a time when the topic of food and industry generally focuses on scale and size, a visit to the farm is a timely reminder of where our food comes from. The whole operation is overseen by Kristyn Leach, an unexpected representation of the modern-day farmer who aims not only to produce honest, ethical food, but also empowers communities through narratives of food and experience. As a Korean-American adoptee, some of the crops that grace the rows of the farm were not part of her upbringing, but their existence has allowed her to gain a very unique insight into a heritage that was never second nature.Namu Farm exists as a partnership between both Kristyn and Namu Gaji, a brother-run restaurant group that also includes the more casual dining establishment known as Namu Stonepot. The two have been staunch supporters of revisiting what farming means today and willingly absorbing all the challenges that have come along the way.A few hours spent shadowing Kristyn with the bright sun beating down overhead yielded some fascinating insights into the complexities of not only how our food makes its way to the table, but also how food and ethnic culture have some positive externalities that help bring light to the stories of the otherwise voiceless.See the images over at MAEKAN.com.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/maekan/support
In a past lifetime, Copenhagen’s Refshaleøen island was far different than today. The massive infrastructure was home to a huge boat building operation. But it has since come to represent the bedrock of some of Copenhagen’s, and Denmark’s, most respected culinary projects.Started only a few years ago, Empirical Spirits is a self-described flavor company. They’re creating new definitions around flavor and while there are plans down the line, they primarily focus on this concept through the vehicle of spirits. On a recent trip to Copenhagen where I met Lars after lunch at Amass, I stopped by the distillery just a stone’s throw away to understand what happens when culinary acumen and scientific method meet under one roof.See the images over at MAEKAN.com.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/maekan/support
Comfort. It’s something essential to our lives.The degree of comfort we experience can impact how we view the world around us. Comfort can take shape in a practical sense. Are we dry? Are we able to move freely? Are we confident about how we look?Comfort can also apply psychologically. Are we comfortable with the challenge ahead and the uncertainty of not knowing what’s next?Interview & Photos by Eugene KanVideo by Ralph SarmoSee the full story here: https://maekan.com/article/maekan-byborre-redefining-comfort-celine-pham/What is MAEKAN?MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the  sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning,  participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level  that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of  creative culture.We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking.Sign-Up TodayIf you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com.  You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access  to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our  monthly digital panel discussions.MAEKAN.comFollow Usinstagram.com/maekanfacebook.com/storiesforthecurioustwitter.com/maekanstories@maekan.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/maekan/support
 502 Bad Gateway is the best life decision Seth Footring has made in  recent years. By day, Seth works in the photo and eCommerce department  of ASOS in London, by night—and in all other spare waking hours—he  focuses his efforts on being the creator and Editor-in-Chief of a brand  new men’s fashion publication. The first issue of 502 Bad Gateway  was released in January this year and contains long articles about  Tender, Olubiyi Thomas, the Massimo Osti Archive, and Sampaix Studio,  plus graphic elements that are decidedly in the opposite direction of  the average glossy fashion mags. After making the decision to start and  complete a personally driven project, Seth’s choices revolved around  bringing to life the type of publication he wanted to read and  indicating that there is a “right” way to operate in the fashion  industry that isn’t talked about sufficiently. Charis Poon spoke with  Seth in London about the necessity for 502 Bad Gateway’s existence and  the trials he underwent to make it happen.Hosted by Charis PoonAudio by Elphick WoPhotos by Sebastian PetrovskiDesign of 502 Bad Gateway by Xuan PhanSee the full story here: https://maekan.com/article/502-bad-gateway-an-antidote-to-online-fast-fashion/ What is MAEKAN?MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the  sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning,  participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level  that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of  creative culture.We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking.Sign-Up TodayIf you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com.  You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access  to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our  monthly digital panel discussions.MAEKAN.comFollow Usinstagram.com/maekanfacebook.com/storiesforthecurioustwitter.com/maekanstories@maekan.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/maekan/support
The value of an object is different for everyone. If you’re practical above all else, an object’s function, efficiency, and affordability are probably the most important aspects. If you’re drawn to beautiful things, the way an object looks and fits within an environment are more appealing. If you’re curious how the puzzle pieces of geography, politics, and history fit together, you might find an object’s inspiration, fabrication, and evolution of the most interest. Someone who is a combination of all of the above plus interested in telling the stories of objects to better enable society is Johanna Agerman Ross.Hosted, Narrated, & Text by Charis PoonAudio by Elphick WoPhotos by Chris TangSee the full story here: https://maekan.com/article/understanding-our-world-through-objects-johanna-agerman-ross/ What is MAEKAN?MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the  sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning,  participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level  that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of  creative culture.We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking.Sign-Up TodayIf you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com.  You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access  to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our  monthly digital panel discussions.MAEKAN.comFollow Usinstagram.com/maekanfacebook.com/storiesforthecurioustwitter.com/maekanstories@maekan.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/maekan/support
 Gone before its time, XXX (known popularly as “Triple X”) was a club not  far from the MAEKAN Office that was a hotspot for underground culture  and music on Hong Kong’s Kowloon side. The venue of choice for acts like  OKOKOK, Yeti Out and Eric Lau,  among many others, it closed in late 2018 amid a background of public  noise complaints, sky high rents and lack of official support from the  city. When street culture meccas like this one go down, it deals a  serious blow to the independent community, especially one eking out an  existence in a decidedly creatively inhospitable city like Hong Kong.  Audio by Elphick WoSee the full story here: https://maekan.com/article/remembering-triple-x-hong-kongs-underground-hot-spot/What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the  sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning,  participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level  that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of  creative culture. We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking.Sign-Up Today If you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com.  You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access  to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our  monthly digital panel discussions.MAEKAN.comFollow Usinstagram.com/maekanfacebook.com/storiesforthecurioustwitter.com/maekanstories@maekan.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/maekan/support
Comfort. It’s something essential to our lives.The degree of comfort we experience can impact how we view the world around us. Comfort can take shape in a practical sense. Are we dry? Are we able to move freely? Are we confident about how we look?Comfort can also apply psychologically. Are we comfortable with the challenge ahead and the uncertainty of not knowing what’s next?In abundance, some would say too much of it creates complacency. Too little of it, and you’re unable to settle into a rhythm, because you’re only focused on reducing the discomfort.Interview & Photos by Eugene KanVideo by Ralph SarmoSee the full story here: https://www.maekan.com/article/maekan-byborre-redefining-comfort-rebecca-kelley What is MAEKAN?MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture.We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking.Sign-Up TodayIf you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions.MAEKAN.comFollow Usinstagram.com/maekanfacebook.com/storiesforthecurioustwitter.com/maekanstories@maekan.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/maekan/support
“Looking back at it, it feels like I’m jumping around a lot, but all  of the different types of work, whether it’s an installation or in the  architecture studio that I have, they’re all in service of the same  goal—which is to take our everyday experience, things that we know, and,  sort of, make them do things or make them act in ways we don’t expect.  And that subtle shift outside of our everyday experience is a kind of  invitation to explore that region outside of our everyday.”A rack of sixteen Spalding basketballs—except they’re made of pink  selenite crystal with gaping erosions in their forms. A Los Angeles  Lakers bomber jacket with logo stitching across the front—except it’s  unwearable, made of pyrite and ash, the crystals emerging from erosions  on the shoulder and sides. What appears to be the hydrostone likenesses  of Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, and Big Bird hanging out together, but  they’re wrapped in cloth and tied with rope, ready for delivery or  perhaps for unwrapping—immediately familiar and uncomfortably unfamiliar  at the same time. Issues of National Geographic, Vogue, Life Magazine, and Sports Illustrated from the year 3018—the year that, apparently, the Cleveland Browns win the Super Bowl.Story & Photos by Charis PoonAudio by Elphick WoSee the full story here: https://www.maekan.com/article/floating-in-time-daniel-arsham-brings-us-static-mythologiesWhat is MAEKAN?MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture.We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking.Sign-Up TodayIf you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions.MAEKAN.comFollow Usinstagram.com/maekanfacebook.com/storiesforthecurioustwitter.com/maekanstories@maekan.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/maekan/support
The growth of social media gives off the perception that the world’s smaller and more connected, but conversely, this doesn’t necessarily make the world easier to understand. In our MAEKAN Session titled The Need for Criticism, we focused on the concept of critique in a social-media dominated creative landscape.This session was our most globally expansive to date, with a panel dialing in from Australia, Asia, and America. The panel members originally met through a WhatsApp group centered around film photography. Through this connection, the speakers often spoke about critique and how that has changed in relation to a social media-driven environment. How does critique affect the creative landscape of 2018, and how can we grow more accustomed to the ways in which we receive critique?Text by Alek RoseModerated by Eugene KanPanelists featuring Sean Marc Lee, Young Kim, Jovell Rennie, James Bailey, and Donnel BarrosoSee the full story here: https://www.maekan.com/article/maekan-session-the-need-for-criticismWhat is MAEKAN?MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture.We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking.Sign-Up TodayIf you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions.MAEKAN.com Follow Usinstagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/maekan/support
Studies suggest that mental illness just may be the new normal—with an overwhelming amount of the population suffering from depression, anxiety, or a deep rooted sadness at one point or another in their lives. While some may attempt to ignore symptoms, it’s important we don’t isolate ourselves and these feelings, but rather, remove the stigma attached to mental health by speaking openly. Mike Shinoda wants to promote this narrative, and ensure that we are checking in with ourselves, and others.Interview, Narration, and Text by Samantha GoretskiAudio by Elphick WoPhotos by Christina ChoiSee the full story here: https://www.maekan.com/article/to-be-a-member-of-a-club-you-never-wanted-to-join-conversing-with-mike-shinodaWhat is MAEKAN?MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re defining the future of creative culture.We don't have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking.Sign-Up TodayIf you've enjoyed this story from the archives and want to see what else MAEKAN has to offer, sign-up for your membership at MAEKAN.com. You'll unlock all of our stories, be given exclusive member-only-access to our Slack community, and have the opportunity to participate in our monthly digital panel discussions.MAEKAN.com Follow Usinstagram.com/maekan facebook.com/storiesforthecurious twitter.com/maekan stories@maekan.com--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/maekan/support
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