I know I need to direct my curiosity and I have a list as long as my arm , pinned on my noticeboard, of topics I can investigate if and when I need to. I need to do this often as I am easily distracted into tangential internet discussions that end up with me ordering welding kits online or trying to knit scandinavian jerseys or learning how to cure animals skins etc This list needs curating because it must be
- interesting...fascinating, in fact
- relevant to being creative
- non-dangerous( see above)
- keep me on task
- inexpensive(see ordering of welding gear)
- keep me out of trouble
In the medical professions, Continued Medical Education (CME) is sometimes even built into budgets and timetables. I envy Charles this opportunity. Last week, Wintec hosted SPARK and this is a local convention that I consider to be MY Continued Professional Education.Spark international Festival of Music, Media, Arts and Design is in it's 20th year and is always worth a look see.I loved being a physical part of something. So different from my solitary routine in the studio. This year the lectures were streamed live and I am still watching some I missed ,online. It was a lineup I enjoyed although there were not the numbers of visual artists I would like to see and listen to....... but I am biased. Angela Tiatia, Sara r Radin, Ant Donovan, Bob Jahnke, Jason Naylor, Pecha Kucha, Weasel Gallery opening of telly Tuita and Rachel Hope Peary's final Honours critique were just a few I got to see. All were worth it in ways I did not expect and am grateful for. Go look them up on Facebook or Instagram.
I added so much to my list of things to research, people to look at, work to consider and theories to ponder. I shall be busy for a while .
So, my Trade Me shopping has taken a back seat and I've shelved the scandinavian knitting patterns and put google translator away. I'm on to learning some new skills and hopefully can share more about those in the near future.
Curiosity is a wondrous thing. I am an autodidact. I am always wanting to learn new things and I direct most of my own learning (with the help of others when I ask). I love a good workshop, I read voraciously, my art library is growing and and I never worry about spending money on books. Clothes, yes. Books, no. The internet is slightly dangerous as it is so monetised these days, but I manage to look and learn (Thanks YOUTube).
So, the curiosity gland has a prescription that can be filled from the list for the next while.
Thank you, Dr Spark.
|Me, in green, orange shoes, having an out of body experience.|
|Jason Naylors VW Combi|
|Bob Jahnke's talk on some of the technical aspects of his sculpture creations.|
I stole all these off the SPARK Facebook page.