“Artists are like cows with 7 stomachs, who continuously ruminate familiar things until they created something new from it.”
(I discovered that cows don’t have 7 stomachs, but only 4)
- BAAS BOSS
In October I started a program for entrepreneurs. At BAAS Antwerp I follow sessions about marketing, prices and finance to start my own (Belgian) éénmenszaak (one-person business).
- read the world
Brainstorming with colleagues about a text about our library. The library holds a special place in our society, and gives many people access to this society.
- listening to nothing
In my search for empty space, I discovered the podcast De Weg Naar Waar Het Stil Is about silence. It discusses silence with people on the street, and one of them makes a surprising remark: ” I love to listen to nothing.”
- how to be less productive
Reading, writing and thinking about how to be less productive and decisive. Googling how to be less productive, without success. Apparently it’s not common to search for ways how to be less productive.
- this post-it is empty
Creativity demands space, in our head, time and environment. That’s why I’ve been experimenting with creating empty space, in my notebook, on my screen, and on these post-its.
I’ve been writing down observations about daily life.
- wiggle room
“There has to be “wiggle room” in life.” This is the best translation I could think of translating this Dutch sentence. It means that there has to be room, space to be not productive, to not do anything or to wander around sometimes.
- connect & create
Connect & Create (with) the (digital) world.
Listening to the the episode about racism of the Rudi & Freddy Show podcast, and learning about how you sometimes must be “ongezellig” to start discussions and change systems.
- the importance of the notebook
Writing about the importance of carrying a notebook with you, as a creative process can never be predicted or planned. And about how documentation enables us to unravel the “red thread” in your work.
- creating creates independence
Reading the books My Dark Vanessa and The Body Lies. In both books women are taking back control after being controlled. Thinking about how creating and shaping the world (by writing, making or imagining), gives you the power to take control.
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Unlike influencers and designers try to show a creative process, it can never be clean, slick and perfect. We need noise and friction to create.
- corona 2.0
I got corona for the second time, or actually, corona got me, pretty hard.
- time + space
Thinking about how we create, fill and are time and space. After asking permission to work part-time, I immediately felt more time and space. But I also experienced that if we don’t decide how to fill our time and space (or decide to keep it empty), it gets decided for you.
- media wise
Doing research to the possibilities and dangers of the virtual world. Digital and social media are more and more portrayed as merely negative: they’re commercial, energy consuming and superficial. The question is: can they still be or become a places for experiment and expression?
- not to do
Thinking about how to create space. For example, by creating a Not To Do list for every To Do list you make, or by creating a piece of emptiness in the digital and analog world.
- making is building a bridge
I went to the Maker Faire Gent and came back with a lot of inspiration and insights.
“It’s fine, to be no one sometime”
Writing and thinking about how our ego is fragile and scattered by its focus on others. While it can be satisfying to be no one for a moment, and to focus more on ourselves.
- connect [with] & create [the world]
Writing my new artistic statement:
- flowing notes
Random thoughts written on and between the flowing lines of the notebook I (re)designed and printed on recycled paper by a local printer.
- spring writings
Writing about spring in my Flowing Lines Notebook. Experimenting with weaving texts together using the flowing lines and the space around them.
- expression vs communication
Writing about how communication is different from expression. Where communication brings a message clear and direct towards another person, expression is more about bringing an inner process towards the outside world. I believe both are very important to survive in our modern age.
- movement / rhythm / dimension
Thinking again about how life seems an endless cycle of circles. The head and the hands are part of the body. Me and others are part of the world. And time and space are part of… Movement? Rhythm? Dimension?
- idea upon idea
Realizing how ideas always build upon each other. Instead of replacing the previous idea, a new idea always enhances, enfolds the previous idea.
Writing about how life, or time, doesn’t seem to pass by horizontally, but more vertically. Instead of taking you linear and staying on the surface, time takes you deeper and deeper, through the layers of life and yourself…
- cycle of circles
Describing how life just seems an endless cycle of circles. Circles that contain smaller circles, and at the same time are part of bigger circles.
Even though I’m surrounded by books at my work, since I’m working full-time, I have less time for reading, writing and meditation. But I still try to make time to make and document notes, as it keeps me grounded and elevated at the same time.
A happy mistake where I wrote Brainstromen (brain waves) instead of Brainstormen (brain storming).
- inside out
Thinking about a theory that creative people are turned “inside out” (for visuals, take a look at when Summer turns inside out in Rick & Morty (season 3 episode 5)). Their sensitive soft shell becomes their outer shell. This makes them more sensitive for impulses from the outside world, which is important to make creative work, but also makes them “overstimulated” more often.
- the erotic
Interviewing Rose-Myrtha Fortuna about “female energy”, and listening to the speech of Audre Lorde about “Uses of The Erotic”.
Writing and thinking about how we’re all fluid, just like our creative process.
- random notes
Some random (Dutch) notes about nature, nothingness, time and distance, from during the vacation.
- nothing = something
More (English and Dutch) notes about my experiences with (doing) nothing.
- the big nothing
To become more familiar with emptiness and uselessness, I did nothing for 2 minutes every day for a couple of days. During these 2 minutes I record myself. Afterwards I make notes about the sensations I experienced.
- found in [ ]
Writing my master’s thesis about my journey from being Lost in Latency to being Found in Latency, as the latency (the delay created by computers and screens, but also by social distancing) also creates space for stillness, thoughts and reflection.
- the flow of time
Using the notebook with flowing lines, that I designed, for making notes (in Dutch) about the book Stil De Tijd by Joke Hermsen. This book is also about something flowing: time.
- le père goriot
Using a second hand book in French as a notebook. Writing about how we can give our “tiny, sometimes miserable, complex but also simple lives meaning”, by being part of something bigger than us. “Something that extends us when we can’t, something that embraces us all.”
- endless printing
Trying to print an infinite loop with a regular printer, by putting a long piece of paper in the paper tray and sticking the beginning and the end of the paper to each other. It didn’t work (the paper always got stuck in the end), but the result turned out to be interesting anyway.
Reading and editing Intimations by Zadie Smith, and reflecting on the current situation of lock-downs and social distancing.
Reading and making notes about mirror-neurons and bodily sensing. Discovering how mirror-neurons are connected to using and reading handwriting, and how this makes handwriting more interesting than for example typing.
- on beauty
Reading and editing the book On Beauty by Zadie Smith. Reflecting on the text, and weaving my own texts into it.
- crumpling paper
Crumpling, smoothing out and scanning the same paper over and over again. Seeing how the scanning app (of Evernote) tries to smooth it out, but fails to do so.