First Meeting Memories

The first meeting yesterday was so interesting! So refreshing for all of us to have a full day where the conversation in the room was mainly about art and creativity, that of course did not left out the environment, social issues, life and death, fear, visions, sensitivity, audience, technology, science, cosmology, biodiversity, trades, materialism, internet addiction… what is not related to the creative process?

We shared our own ways of making art, described our creative process, our concerns about the reality we are living in, our vision for the future, our knowledge, our views, the food and drinks we brought… and few of us ended the evening around the fire in my backyard for the last sparkly memories of the contents of our conversations. What a wonderful way to incise the memory… isn’t memories what we bring in our grave?

It was also so intriguing to see the different phases of the day. I saw at least 3 waves of energetic mood, in a kind of crescendo. Fantastic to watch and to be part of! Like a human composition made by creative diversity and similarity. Sweeeet!

I want to share who were the artists involved in these first fertile art conversation and also I will post, with their permission, some of the audio of our conversation because I don’t want to re-interpret their meanings but their contest is inspiring to hear . You can check those on the upcoming post entitled ‘First Conversation Recordings’.

So here there are the list of who were present on the 11-11-2012. Check their works if you want to know more about their works.

Anna Shneiderman – actrice, director of Ragged Wing Ensemble.

Carrie Katz – singer, composer, psychotherapist.

Carter Brooks – ice sculptor, photography, mathematician.

Claudia Anfuso – visual art, Vedic astrologer.

Cynthia Rauschert – circus artist.

Darren Gibbs – musicians, multi media artist, programmer.

Diana Rowan – musician.

Ekabhumi Charles Ellik – poet, painter.

Erika Gagnon – photographer.

Holly Shaw – dancer and choreographer.

Laura Inserra – multi-instrumentalist, producer, director, teacher.

Liz Boubion – dancer and choreographer.

Luciano Chessa – musician, composer, teacher.

Rafael Jesús González – poet, politic activist.

Zach Pine – environmental artist.

A dopo…

…made by Claudia on the sidewalk to welcome creativity in…


6 responses to “First Meeting Memories

  1. Raphael spoke about the centrality of love in art, and that resonated very strongly with the motivations and methods behind my own art. Thanks to him for reminding me of that.

  2. The first Fertile Art Conversation was wonderful! I enjoyed the really respectful and deep listening and sharing that went on. It was good for me to have an opportunity to share my creative process. It certainly helped to articulate it. As it happened I was standing up to leave when I was asked to share it and as a result I was able to move naturally as I spoke, giving a visual illustration of my “leaning” towards the trail of interest. This was spontaneous and came out of my desire to explain it but it helped me more fully understand it as well. As we share with others it becomes a sort of performance in itself in which we are creating on the spot. Simultaneously listening to and creating for the group.

  3. And I also wanted to touch on something we briefly discussed which the idea that the art IS the process. I think Laura mentioned this (sorry I’m paraphrasing) but Im curious to hear more about what she meant with this. I took it to mean that as we are creating we are allowing the art to flow through us and we are very much connected to our highest selves when we are in this state. This experience itself is what the art is. This act of allowing, setting fears and doubt aside and focusing on this thing which we desire to see most. If an artist creates a painting while in this state Of being then a person looking at it can feel that and they want the picture as a reminder of that resonance. An audience member of a live performance remembers not what you did or said, but the feeling you left them with or so they say. . . When I create a dance, say I choreograph it beforehand in this high state of allowing and creative process, there is still a huge part of it being created or lived as I execute it onstage as well. The more I can allow myself to re-experience it with the audience there the better. The audience becomes a partner in it. Or that is what I strive for anyway.

    • Holly, you open so many doors with your comment…
      For me art is a lot about the creative process more than the final realization. For process I mean from the first intuition or vision we conceive, we canalize, to the moment we touch the stage.
      It is the ‘process’ what is impressed in the final art work and, even if is not visible, it will reach and inform the audience.

      Creativity is the act of searching in the external world resonances with our inner being. It’s the connection with the unknown, the divine, the universal consciousness. It’s our vital life force. It’s also about alchemical relationships with people, materials, frequencies, colors, movements. Those alchemies multiply exponentially the power of our conception, our possibilities, our infinite manifestations.

      And yes, in the creative state, we are connected to our conditioned and unconditioned highest self, as well as we access to the unseen or to the ‘not reveled yet’. In other words, we are connected to our multiple-self (the conscious, subconscious, unconscious and all the intermediate ones), as well as the collective and universal multiple-self. So reach, so intimate, so profound, so mystical sometimes.

      It come to my mind that It’s like to conceive a baby. For the mother – the artist – it’s in the process of those nine months that she is able to connect to the power of transformation, challenges, alchemy, revelations, the unknown, the divine mystery, and so forth. In that inner environment the mother has the power to influence the baby in deep ways. She can fantasies how the baby could be, could look like. As soon as the baby is born – touches the stage – he/she will take his/her own life, look, ideas, tendencies, and with each person he/she will have unique relationships, dynamics, understandings.

      Similar for an artist and the art work: when we are in the process of conceiving, creating, shaping, it’s about our inner world and the influences we can imprint in our art work. As soon as the creation touches the stage it takes its own life, everybody will assign to it their own meanings, feelings, opinions. It’s no more ‘our’ creation, now it’s a ‘collective’ creation, out in the world of infinite personalities and relationships.

      In the final work or the performance, there is a kind of crystallization, and in the same time, there is an ‘entity’ that expands, takes its own form, speaks different languages according to who meets in its way. And that’s where the audience becomes a partner with it. It’s that wanting to be part of it, that intimacy established that the audience will bring with them, and will last in their memory.

      Probably it’s because of my love for the ‘creative process’ that I use a lot of structured improvisations on the stage, so I can still be connected with the flow of creativity, I can feel the liveness and profound uniqueness of the momentum, I can enjoy the Muse, I can let the audience participate in the process.

      That’s being said, I love also structured, precise, written compositions where the ensemble knows all the parts and what to aspect next. That’s the beauty of repetition, anticipation, expectation, synchronicity, rituality… but let’s leave this for another ‘fertile’ conversation…

      A dopo…

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