Welcome to the The “From My Window & Other Spaces” Workshop
Many thanks to my host, Nanda for the invitation! My name is Ryan Seslow, nice to meet you!
Lets talk a little bit about Creativity, Immediacy and Intuition:
In what order do these words go?
Creativity + Intuition + Immediacy = ……..
Reminder, we can always pause.
Pause, and become aware of this very passing second. I mean REALLY AWARE, so stop and be still.
You are alive. Contemplate that. What does being alive mean to you? Have you ever defined it beyond someone else’s interpretation? If not, its time to do this, and no, it can not be done in the next 3 seconds.. I believe that a big part of this life is to create and express that unique ability we all can contribute.
It will take some reflection.. More than this workshop and blog post, but perhaps this is a metaphor, a portal that lures you in and activates you.
You are a thinking, breathing, feeling, sensory being processing this exact passing moment. Exactly as you read this from the specific location that you are in, with the age that your body is, in the time zone of the highest level of what you understand consciousness to be. We can always expand this awareness. Its a metaphor (there is that word again), because all the while, you are simultaneously existing on a seemingly gigantic rock spinning through the “space” that the best of the best of the best world’s scientists keep discovering only keeps expanding into more….well, space. In the grand scheme of things, our gigantic rock may not be so gigantic when we think from this perspective. Its actually the size we think it is relative to our awareness of it.
How do you develop the ability to audit this awareness and ask yourself what potentials lay in this metaphor? And, how can we apply this other things that we wish to change or create from scratch.
It will require creativity, intuition and imagination. So go ahead and ASK.
Ask yourself: “What is the creative potential of my awareness of this moment, and how may I intervene?
When we turn this directly to our workshop and re-propose the question: “What is the creative potential of a window, my window and other spaces with in context?”
What would you like to express about this moment and the awareness of it? How will you do it?
Chances are, you are holding your “device or viewing this through a computer” as you read this.
You know what device I am referring to. Perhaps its a laptop, desktop, iPhone, android or a tablet? It doesn’t matter and either way, it first started simply as an idea. An expression of a collective need to expand, grow, learn and express. Much like the infinite expanding space that we mentioned above your device(s) is an intermediary tool to express the potentials of creative space. Our viewing are rectangles… sometimes they are held and viewed vertically and sometimes they are turned horizontally, but before any content is consumed, its a rectangle in its form. That rectangle is a window, and so is a web browser window..
You tech device(s) are remote controls for the planet!
We interacted with simple geometric shapes every single day, we take all of them for granted and rarely think of the doorways we are passing through as rectangles. Or the TV that we watch as the rectangle. As we walk up steps we rarely think of them as the horizontal rectangles that stack upwards or downwards.. You get the idea..
What is the creative potential of YOU and the rectangle that you are holding or looking through? (this is the part of things where you think Im a little weird, right? lol..)
SO what are you passionate about? What is that you always wanted to express and share with the world? What is it that holds you back? Is what holds you back on the other side of the window?
If you never “Start” then you will never have a result to work from. The only metric you have are the ones that you fear your expression wont compliment.
So, lets start. Lets express. Lets share this into that rectangle / window that you are looking through and make it a practice.
Lets jump into an exercise -lets experiment and create a space on the web that is yours and personalize it. Broadcast yourself!
Taking risks that benefit your growth and personal development while impacting and including your fellow human beings has serious mental, spiritual & emotional value.
This is your story, and storytelling is the communication pilot of the Electric Landscapes we navigate.
LETS MAKE SOME ART!
Experiment with Some “Free to Use” Digital Tools:
Lets create a page using mmm.page (its Free!) – https://mmm.page
mmm.page is a web browser based digital collage making platform / space. It works perfectly in the “window” of your web browser. It also works on mobile devices!
Many thanks to MBS for the mmm.page tip off!)
Here is an example I made with mmm.page:
I pre-prepared a series of graphic assets that you can download and use for this, but feel free to make and discover your own, especially if there is specific context to your ideas. Here is that link:
Photopea.com – is a free web browser based digital image making and manipulating application, we can alter and manipulate and prepare images in this space!
Places to find Images online – Creative Commons based:
Pixabay.com – great resource for images and transparent assets! (we will use this for the workshop)
National Gallery of Art With the launch of NGA Images, the National Gallery of Art implements an open access policy for digital images of works of art that the Gallery believes to be in the public domain.
Digital Public Library of America The Digital Public Library of Americabrings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.
NYPL – The New York Public Library Digital Collections Archive
Flickr CC – Creative Commons on Flickr.
Gif Cities – Internet Archive
We will share the completed digital collage pieces here on the NET-ART Website!
Add your published URL to the comments section below (feel free to make as many variations as you would like!)