These are insane times. There's just too much content in circulation. Maybe we don't need to add anymore. Maybe we make worlds simply by turning our attention. Maybe listening differently is today's most creative act. How can be receptive in a world that is often so hostile? This working group considered artworks that manifest as observational or contemplative practices, that flip the roles of the artist and active listener. It sought out a curriculum of observational practices and undertook them.
What we did 1
Mirroring (by Roxi Sharif)
a powerful body-centered practice that brought us face to face with questions of intimacy and vulnerability. “I found myself feeling very vulnerable and self-conscious having to lead the first mirroring exercise. I even felt physically confined by my mental rigidity. It was very intense to make eye contact constantly. It was a relief to be the one to follow.”
What we did 2
Project 404: Attention Lab (By Leonard Nalencz and Jessica Palinsky)
a practice of attention that recognizes our increasing connectedness with digital technology. the practice can enable us to be more fully attuned to our sensory and aesthetic capacities. “Eyes burnt out tired. Breath shallow by the end. Anger at phone. Its failed attempts to rotate.”
What we did 3
Assessing our Authentic Creative Self (By Laura Arena and Mary McGregor)
pull ideas from Jungian psychology to explore our inner creator archetypes
“At first it was difficult to figure out how to pick an object that represents my creative self. Once I picked the objects, it made a lot of sense. After talking about it, I can see how describing and visualizing that part of me can help me access it. Maybe it’s a way to conjure it up. I thought it was interesting that tension came up for most of us. I guess that tension is where a lot of the creativity comes from.”
Group members: Tal Beery (Organizer), Roxi Sharif, Mary Martin, Laura Arena, Jessica Palinsky.