Creative Pact 2014
Anyone who has followed this blog for a while will know that each year I try to take part in CreativePact, with varying degrees of success. However, each year I find it very stimulating and useful in terms of developing my thinking and creative practice. Even when I’ve failed to make very many posts about the project, the impetus to think about my own work—and also following the posts about other people’s projects and seeing how they develop—has been stimulating and given me, if not new material, ideas for tacking future work.
The ‘rules’ of the Creative Pact are as follows:
* Choose a project. This could be working on a current creative project, learning a new skill, or studying and trying out a particular software (or anything else that you can think of)
* Choose a date to start your project. In general, Creative Pact lasts for a month
* If you don’t already have one, set up a blog on which you can document the progress of your project
* Let the lovely people of Creative Pact know the title of your project and the address of your website/bog/twitter so that other people can follow your project
* Post each day about the work that you have done and the progress that you have made
I can really recommend this to anyone involved in creative work. You don’t need to do a huge amount of work to keep it going, your blog could be a photograph or an essay; a recording of an improvisation or some code; the idea is for a community of creative practitioners to support each other in developing their work.
This year it has been difficult for me to choose what to do. This is because I’ve recently finished a number of projects and although I have a potentially large project to work on in the future, that is not yet at the stage where I can make working on it into a month-long investigation. As an academic, I also need to make good use of my time during the summer to complete research tasks, some of which relate to my creative practice. In the past I have had the most success with Creative Pact projects that were related to ongoing work.
On Monday will begin an installation piece, called exchange.practice which involves doing something every day (recording and producing notation). You can read about that here. When this piece finishes I’ll have a lot of documentation to deal with, including making fixed media records of the work and thinking about what it might lead to. This summer I also have a lot to do in terms of sorting through documentation of research that I did during the year, re-visiting recent pieces and finalising scores and recordings.
Although perhaps not the most exciting project, it then seems to make sense for my creative pact to take the form of a review of my practice, beginning with the installation exchange practice on the 28th July. This will actually give me pause to do something that there often seems not enough time to do: to take stock and reflect on why I make the work that I make, in the way that I do, and look for ways that I can challenge myself further.
So, my Creative Pact will have the following aims:
* document creative exchanges as part of the installation exchange.practice and after
* produce documentation of, and of the review of, recent creative practice
* review my recent creative practice, in part through creating composition-based exercises that I can do each day
* use this review, and these exercises, to create abstract material that might be used in future work
Here are the full details:
Title: exchange.practice:exchange, review, and documentation of creative practice
Description: I will be documenting and extending the installation exchange.practice (taking place from 28.07-03.08 between the UK and the US) to further document, examine and respond to my recent creative practice, and will use these responses to creative abstract compositional materials for future work
Starting: 28th July
You can follow my Creative Pact by this blog and my twitter account: @laurenredhead