Deep in the throws of research for a new project and I came upon this Ghana Think Tank Assignment. Maybe I should employ their assignment to address my question:
I've been reading....
(left to right; top to bottom)
Float: Variations on the Right to Remain Silent by Anne Carson
The Lure of the Local by Lucy R. Lippard
The Choreographic by Jenn Joy
What We Made by Tom Finkelpearl
Choreographing Difference by Ann Cooper Albright
Draw it with your eyes closed: The art of the assignment by Dushko Petrovich & Roger White
Performing Monuments by Mechtild Widrich
One Place After Another by Miwon Kwon
Theory/Theater: An Introduction by Mark Fortier
Small Acts of Repair by Goat Island
Standing in Space by Mary Overlie
Social Works by Shannon Jackson
This Very Moment by Barbara Dilley
School Book 2 by Goat Island
How am I different because you are here?
While at the Washington State Penitentiary this past week, one of the inmates shared an acronym that he uses daily. These are words he lives by and hopes his kids will too. I find it to be a powerful guide for those of us who do creative social practice work within communities.
R - Relax
E - Explore
S - Smile (welcome people in and accept them)
P - Participate (engage fully)
E - Evaluate (assess your impact)
C - Compensate (adjust based on your evaluation)
T - Teach (share what you learn)
Shared with his permission. By request, he remains anonymous.
MORE: RESEARCH (the LAB)
or find posts from all categories of THE LAB below.
"The Gilbreths [created systems for more efficient labor because they] wanted the increase in productivity to result in greater happiness for all. After all, if we are saving time by being more productive, what will we do with all the extra time or goods produced? We should use them to be happy, owners and workers alike." -David Merkel
An excerpt from Wikipedia (Feb 26, 2015):
Therbligs are 18 kinds of elemental motions used in the study of motion economy in the workplace. A workplace task is analyzed by recording each of the therblig units for a process, with the results used for optimization of manual labor by eliminating unneeded movements.
The word therblig was the creation of Frank Bunker Gilbreth and Lillian Moller Gilbreth, American industrial psychologists who invented the field of time and motion study. It is a reversal of the name Gilbreth, with 'th' transposed.
A basic motion element is one of a set of fundamental motions required for a worker to perform a manual operation or task. The set consists of 18 elements, each describing a standardized activity.
Transport empty [unloaded] (TE): reaching for an object with an empty hand. (Now called "Reach")
Group (G): grasping an object with the active hand.
Transport loaded (TL):moving an object using a hand motion.
Hold (H): holding an object.
Release load (RL): releasing control of an object.
Preposition (PP): positioning and/or orienting an object for the next operation and relative to an approximation location.
Position (P): positioning and/or orienting an object in the defined location.
Use (U): manipulating a tool in the intended way during the course working.
Assemble (A): joining two parts together.
Disassemble (DA): separating multiple components that were joined.
Search (Sh): attempting to find an object using the eyes and hands.
Select (St): choosing among several objects in a group.
Plan (Pn): deciding on a course of action.
Inspect (I): determining the quality or the characteristics of an object using the eyes and/or other senses.
Unavoidable delay (UD): waiting due to factors beyond the worker's control and included in the work cycle.
Avoidable delay (AD): waiting within the worker's control which causes idleness that is not included in the regular work cycle.
Rest in peace (R): resting to overcome a fatigue, consisting of a pause in the motions of the hands and/or body during the work cycles or between them.
Find (F): A momentary mental reaction at the end of the Search cycle. Seldom used.
Writings and radio conversations that investigate the creative practice and making processes. Worth further investigation.
The Power of Two by Joshua Wolf Shenk
In Praise of Copying by Marcus Boon
What is Original, TED Radio Hour on NPR
Mapping the Intelligence of Artistic Work by Anne West
Creative Block by Danielle Krysa (the Jealous Curator)
Imagine, How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer
Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson
Steel Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
Art and Fear: Observations on the Pearls (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles
Education for a Socially Engaged Art by Pablo Helguera
EDUCATION: Documents of Contemporary Art published by MIT Press
ART SCHOOL (Propositions for the 21st Century) edited by Steven Henry Maddoff
THE STUDIO: Documents of Contemporary Art published by MIT Press
PARTICIPATION: Documents of Contemporary Art published by MIT Press
For continued research...
list started on May 1, 2014
last updated on July 8, 2014
What are your places of rest and solitude? Where do you find quiet? Where is quiet located?
The Art Assignment is a really rad weekly video series produced by PBS Digital Studios. It's a sophisticated, playful, fun program hosted by curator Sarah Urist Green and author/vlogger John Green. The Art Assignment takes you around the U.S. to meet artists and solicit assignments from them that anyone can complete and then post on their website: theartassignment.com
It's a genius series (and curiously happens to mirror the model of assignment making that I have in my own studio practice *grin*). The newest episode really sings to me.
(The Art) Assignment: Quietest Place
EPISODE 5 INSTRUCTIONS
1. Go outside and talk a walk from where you live or are staying at the moment.
2. Continue until you’ve found the quietest place possible.
3. Take a moment to absorb it. Then document the place through photography or video. Upload it to your social media platform of choice using #theartassignment.
4. Fame and glory. (Your work might be featured in an upcoming video.)
Artworks mentioned include John Cage’s 4’33” (1952/53) and Charles Baudelaire’s essay The Painter of Modern Life (1863).
Between my body and the horizon stretches an indeterminate distance and infinite time. Simultaneously, I embody it. My feet rest on earth. My head, the sky. I am within the horizon, yet it is unreachable.
Poet Ann Lauterbach continues in her article "The Thing Seen":
What are organizations and collectives that are (possibly) experimenting with new modes of learning and thinking?
For continued research...
list started on March 5th, 2013
updated on April 17, 2014
Published on www.brainpickings.org: Gertrude Stein reads from her early novel The Making of Americans (UK; public library) — a pinnacle of her signature use of repetition as a sensemaking mechanism. Written between 1902 and 1911 while Stein was in her late twenties and early thirties. Recorded in 1934-1935.