personal process 2022
- information overload
Drinking tea across from “Het Sterretje”; a shop with so much information on the window you can’t grasp it all at once.
Thinking about how we can say more by saying less. Or, how we can just say less, sometimes.
“Artists are like cows with 7 stomachs, who continuously ruminate familiar things until they created something new from it.”
(I later 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 and finances to start my own
éénmanszaakéénmenszaak (business led by one person) in Belgium.
- read the world
Brainstorming with colleagues about a promotional text for 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
Notes & experiments
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 and our environment.
That’s why I’ve been experimenting with creating empty space, in my agenda, on my screen, and at the office with these post-its.
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 the creative process can never be predicted or planned.
And about how documentation enables us to unravel the “red thread” in our 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(r)
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.
- 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 moving you in a linear movement 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.