A neighbour of ours is a fine arts professor at Emily Carr University. He saw Zoe’s art exhibition and wrote me an email about her Current Mood selection: great pandemic show! I found the durational moods portrait series particularly interesting as … Continue reading COVID Art: Current Mood, Heavy Weather
Zoe has been channeling her pandemic energy through her art. I have been spring cleaning; and finding old frames for her to repurpose. In them, some previous iterations of our family creative juices, often made for Mother’s Days. It gave … Continue reading COVID Art: Keep Calm. No Carona (sic).
Maybe because there is nothing better to do, maybe because she has similar existential angst afflicting us adults in COVID-times, Zoe has been on an art rip. Almost everyday some creation emerges from her bedroom/studio. It is abstract, and deeply emotional. … Continue reading COVID Art: Kids Edition
Outreach. In March COVID times (y’know, back in the day), friends reported that work was crazy, and hours were long. I chilled at home, reading and writing, keeping a low profile. In the last week, I decided to dip my … Continue reading COVID Diaries: Week 9
Education, or Learning? I am agnostic about the value of education. Maybe based on my own average experience, where in retrospect, I am uncertain why I did any of it. As Godin presciently commented recently, “The degree is what’s on … Continue reading COVID19 Diaries: Week 8
In times of strife and challenge, I sometimes ask myself: “What would Banksy do?” Banksy is someone who knows how to prosper at the emergent edge; someone who better represents the truth of our community than most any so-called leader. Someone … Continue reading A Postcard from Banksy
I don’t own many books (any more). I am a good recycler, born of moving countries and leaving lives behind. Recently, I have been drawn back to one of the few books I brought with me to Canada – A … Continue reading A Walk Across England
I visited Tate Modern at the weekend for one of their shows in the magnificent Turbine Hall. It was something to do with immigration and Notting Hill and the carnival and modern London life, maybe. I captured a little video … Continue reading One Moment, Art Installation; The Next, A Fight For Survival
Researching this series of posts on modern art and social business, I revisited a post I wrote about the Dogme manifesto (and its relationship to other manifestos). One portion seemed particularly apropos to the journey of social / networked business many of us are on. Herein extracted: Festen, the original Dogme film, was an utter delight to me. I believed “I could do that!” and I could (at least from a technical perspective, notwithstanding my lack of creative genius.) Similar to the Incomplete Manifesto for Growth, Dogme says do not (over)embellish. Just do it. Like the Passionate Creative Worker, it says blaze new trails; never settle. The Cult of Done Manifesto says … Continue reading The #SocBiz Dogme Manifesto
Seth Godin has some great content, of course, about people picking themselves. I have written previously about the transformation I went through when I realized the means of creative production were within reach upon first using MiniDV video technology and editing on an early iMac. Embracing the technology, I was effectively picking myself: because Suddenly, I was in control, a one-man shop, a creative force! I was a child again, trying things out, self-congratulatory, experimental, churning, learning. By producing content – where before I was just full of ideas – I was making art. I was a self-proclaimed artist. Modern art … Continue reading I Am An Artist, You Are An Artist, We Are All Of Us Artists
Yesterday, I made the comparison between modern art and SocBiz. I shared a piece of (modern) art consisting of this definition: modern art = I could do that + yeah, but you didn’t. If that is true, and it is, then modern art is also about a) showing up; b) thinking and applying ideas; and c) sharing those thoughts and outputs. Ergo, it is the same for social business / networking. You see? Interesting things emerge when you have an opinion, a position, and you are willing to share it. Having the opinion is important, it stakes a claim, it … Continue reading What Modern Art Teaches Us About Opinion + Opportunity
I like modern art. I like it because it is open, available, simple, of the people, with zero barriers to entry. It can capture the cultural zeitgeist, it invites people in to nose around, to have an opinion, without judgment. Modern art does not preclude, it is not stuffy, although it can carry the whiff of insider joke, a certain knowingness. I have a piece of modern art on my kitchen wall. How do I know it is modern art? Because it is a dish cloth on which is printed “modern art = I could do that + yeah, but … Continue reading #SocBiz = I Could Do That + Yeah, But You Didn’t.