Because work, school and life aren’t busy enough, as evident by a complete lack of activity on your blog, you should join a collective. No seriously, trust me – I joined one and it has been great!
Continental Shelf is a writers’ collective formed by some feisty University of Victoria undergraduate writing students. Why that name? Because we’re on the edge; the edge of our writing careers, the edge of academia, the edge of western Canada, and also because of books!
Last night at Solstice Cafe, Continental Shelf orchestrated its first public event, and it was a fabulous time.
Sean Michaels from Said The Gramophone read two excerpts from his debut novel Us Conductors. Jo, from the collective, led a fantastic interview, touching on what drives one to write and the phase shift form writer to novelist. Munro’s was there selling copies of the beautiful book, and Sean got busy writing inscriptions. Lastly theremin art-pop band Cleopatra & the Nile finished off the night with a performance encompassing a backdrop of black and white films, projected off a reel, while the duo channelled haunting theremin and synth sounds.
Also don’t be fooled by Solstice Cafe’s website – they’re licensed for more than just beer!
For me the highlight of the night, other than camaraderie of course, was Sean’s commentary, and yes I’m paraphrasing, on the cacophony of thematic interrelationships that drove the creation of Us Conductors. For me it was a glimpse into the magic actions, and interactions, that engenders something greater than the whole, pulsing electricity, that overcomes the many barriers and ultimately creates art.
Despite this stylish illustrated video being online for about 8 months, being fantastic, and already earning a lot of praise from like minded people I had not seen it before.
I’m pleased to report that I already do most of these things. Even so, I shall be more diligent about ensuring I practice them and cross them off my list. The following three from the list of 29 are definitely the outliers in terms of my lack of adoption.
7 – Sing in the shower
I’m pretty noisy in the shower… it may be possible to classify it as some sort of gregorian chant but that might be pushing the boundaries a little… I must do better.
21 – Break the rules
I tend to be a rule follower most of the time. However I did do that video mashup of Sabrina and Lord of the Rings… maybe that counts?
23 – Read a Page of the Dictionary
This is an excellent idea. I’m going to read one page of the dictionary every night before bed.
Are you doing any of these things? Any ones you are not currently doing that you are brave enough to try?
This is a fantastic video, thank you TO-FU.
So I have to concede Art 150 one thing… It does expose the students to a wide array of artists and artist’s practices.
For instance I didn’t know anything about Jenny Holzer and her work with truisms when I offered up the creative challenge of create a quote. And the two things are clearly similar… so here’s another one:
“People in places of power are commonly contemptuous.”
I have been remiss with my proposed schedule here at Exploring-Art.com. I was desperately trying to meet my own grade expectations with ART 150, which in hindsight may have been a futile endeavour – Alas! The good news is that the last assignment is due December 1st, so I’ll be able to get back into my regular cadence soon.