Current Workshops

The series of 5 workshops each semester aim to lead the students through a creative process:

  • experimentation
  • reflection
  • research

Mae’r gyfres o 5 gweithdy bob semester yn arwain y myfyrwyr drwy broses greadigol:

  • arbrofi
  • myfyrio
  • ymchwilio

The 5 workshops enable the students to witness and ‘get’ for the first time, or ‘get’ again a creative process that can be the foundation of any creative project in any discipline. The students will be encouraged to learn how to apply this process to their own individual self – directed projects and their projects in other practice based modules.

Mae’r 5 gweithdy yn galluogi’r myfyrwyr i weld a ‘deall’ proses greadigol, am y tro cyntaf neu eu deall eto o’r newydd, a all ddarparu sylfaen i unrhyw brosiect creadigol mewn unrhyw ddisgyblaeth. Anogir y myfyrwyr i ddysgu sut i gymhwyso’r broses hon i’w prosiectau hunan-gyfeiriedig unigol eu hunain yn ogystal â’u prosiectau ar fodiwlau eraill sy’n seiliedig ar ymarfer.

SOMEWHERE & SOMETHING

Workshop One

The first workshop is an introduction and starting point to the theme of the workshops 1 – 5. This semester the theme is Journey.

I will give you a somewhere

and

I will give you a something

But that is all…

How you get to the somewhere, what you do there, why you are going there, when you go there and what is there….is up to you

What you do with the something….is also up to you

So lets go…

You are 3,617 miles from where you are sitting

You are at 0º00’00.0” N 0º00’00.0” E

You are 4,940 metres (16,210 ft) above the seabed

You are at

Null Island

An insignificant, non – valid, useless, valueless point on a map with no legal or binding force, no government, no population, no flag, no language, no currency, no financial or economic status, no sovereign and no history.

Despite this in 2011 Natural Earth – a public domain map dataset, assigned this point on the map a one metre square plot of land and named it Null Island.

Null Island is a mistake, a fictional, non – existent landmass, a cartographic joke, a product of a geocoding accident by GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software

When GIS tries to find a badly, wrongly inputted address, or if bugged, it will take the user to a default reading of 0°0°, no information or Null Island

Null Island is the most commonly geotagged place on earth. It has been a bike sharing company in the Netherlands, a car hire centre in Portugal and a polling station in Washington D.C. With over 1,708,031 people visiting the island so far, it is one of the busiest and most visited non – existent places on earth

It is impossible to travel there because Null Island is only detectable to machines, it is a technological hiccup, a programming malfunction.

Null Island sits on zero degrees longitude and zero degrees latitude, the point on the earth’s surface where the Prime Meridian meets the Equator, where the north hemisphere is delineated from the southern hemisphere. The point where an imaginary line meets another imaginary line at an imaginary intersection point.

An artificial point from which other real places can exist and from which other real places can be found.

However Null Island is also a buoy, a weather buoy bopping up and down, alone, in the international waters off the West African coast, in the Gulf of Guinea.

The buoy is called Soul or Station 13010 Soul belonging to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administrations (NOAA) National Data Buoy Centre (NDBC). It sends electronic messages via Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) every hour to Ocean Data Acquisitions Systems (ODAS), where machines receive the data and scientists interpret the data to forecast atmospheric changes, water temperatures, air temperatures and wind speed etc. Soul contributes to climate research worldwide.

So, while Soul is a real, material buoy, a construction of rubber, plastic, metal and electronics, recording and transmitting digital data 24/7 from its buoyant position in the ocean, Null Island is a fantasy, a construction of human imagination.

Null Island is a site and situation of both nothing and infinite potential. Outside of any existing social, cultural and political framework and infrastructure, it is adrift. And, so it offers a kind of neutral, floating meeting point for translocal communities, creative collaborators, dialogue and creative practice.

Let’s go and get the ‘something’ that you will be taking to Null island.

Meet your Sweet Potatoes

On the piece of paper I have given you or anywhere inside or outside the studio or building

Draw the potato

Write a play with or for or about the potato 

Make an audio recording

Choreograph a dance with or for the potato

Compose a song with or for or about the potato

Write a story about or for the potato

Film the potato

Perform with or for the potato

Model the potato in clay

Sing a song with or for the potato

Photograph the potato

I am giving you 2 more things…

This paper bag

and

A 6 hour playlist of music that references ‘Journey’ the theme for this semester

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0wTqUDwpx5Y0uUkbVRwLMN?si=lyUVXTabS0ain7rHkaMzMA

Now Go Play……

Workshop Two

The second workshop aims to give students an opportunity to reflect on everything they did in the first workshop and during the week. In this workshop they will further research, experiment and reflect in the class to develop their individual proposal for the collaborative project in workshop 5. I work with them individually throughout the session to help define and refine their ideas.

Workshop Three

The third workshop aims to give students an opportunity to pitch their individual proposals for the collaborative project which will be led by one of them in workshop 5. Their proposals will extend and enhance the activity and material developed in workshops 1 and 2. Students deliver their pitch via a 10 minute Powerpoint presentation. At the end of the presentations each person votes for one proposal to take forward to workshop 5. The person whose proposal is successful will lead workshop 5 under my supervision.

The two winning project proposals:

Workshop Four

The fourth workshop gives the students an opportunity to present the research that they have carried out on one concept and one artists’ creative project, from any discipline, that relates to the selected collaborative project. We brainstorm together to think up the related concepts.

Stop Press – Amy’s sweet potato has been sitting in water over the last few weeks, and already its sprouting!

Workshop Five

The fifth and last workshop aims to give students the opportunity to fully realise a collaborative project that has been conceived, devised and proposed by a student. The project will clarify, refine and define, through a process of experimentation, reflection and research the theme/concept/topic that we started with in Workshop 1. Experiencing the process we have taken together throughout the series of 5 workshops enables students to witness and so hopefully ‘get’ for the first time, or ‘get’ again –  the creative process that is at the heart of the development of any creative project in any discipline.

Charly Browne brilliantly led the fascinating, fun and freeing ‘Non Sweet Potato Sense’ workshop with Group 1

This workshop was about creating something out of nothing. Like Null Island as a concept, it was about digging deep into the untapped layers of our creativity and responding intuitively in a way that is logical to us.

This workshop showed us how we make intuitively when faced with something that is highly conceptual. It also showed how ideas snowball and knock on to one another, as you make in a structured rhythm.

Momentum was one of the key words for this workshop, and this momentum was shown by us making in an automatised way, with no opportunity for procrastination or anxiety.

I hope this workshop inspired the others to take this intuitive making into their own projects. I also hope it helped us to realise that you learn the most about yourself and your own practice by just doing


Charly Browne November 2021