Create order from chaos (live tweets)

Paul Z Jackson knows that creative careers demand a different approach to organisation. In this practical and participative workshop, he gives advice tailored to art and design careers on planning, goal setting and more. Live tweets from FuelRCA's workshop held 27 October 2014 at RCA Kensington.

  1. Create order from chaos - Paul Z Jackson interactive workshop 6.30pm, 27 Oct, RCA Kensington @solfoc 
  2. @paulzj is an improvisor! Helping to organise teams. He has worked for places like the Tate.
  3. Lets create chaos. Wander round, any speed, any direction. GO!
  4. Bell. Freeze where you are! Now let's create structure. Imagine you are famous. Identify someone in the room as a paparazzi.
  5. Now identify a different person, as your body guard, to protect you from the paparazzi. Move so that the b.guard is in between you and pap
  6. A lot of giggling... a lot of stumbling around... DING....
  7. There was a different quality to that movement. There was a systematic pattern. In between order and chaos. Complexity.
  8. Now create a group of 3. Introductions...
  9. What do artists do? The artist spots a possibility, a chance to bring order to chaos. Or maybe the artist causes chaos, disruption.
  10. Chaos is all the words of the English language jumbled up. By ordering those words, with grammar, we create order.
  11. Groups are asked to construct stories, a word each at a time. A vase...
  12. Make a story that, perhaps, has some sense.
  13. @paulzj 'Disposibility' & 'Yes and' - listening&accepting the word and building upon what that person has said helps bring order to stories.
  14. Now the groups are making stories that make more sense but imposing order onto what may have been chaos.
  15. If you succeeded in making one story that was more coherent... HIGH FIVE! @paulzj
  16. If you didn't manage to create a coherent story, but had fun with making nonsense. HIGH FIVE @paulzj
  17. What skills helped you make better stories? Language. These methods of improvisation are often used to help teach languages.
  18. Listening. A core skill in life, in careers.
  19. Observing. Consistency. Recognition of pattern.
  20. We know what stories are like. If everyone agrees with the consistency of the story, it will move ahead successfully.
  21. An artist's portfolio is a collection of skills. Charles Handy wrote about the portfolio career.
  22. Tonight @paulzj will discuss vision, goals, skills, support.
  23. Imagine: in 5 years, you are succeeding artistically, commercially, personally. Shut your eyes and enjoy the movie.
  24. Imagine those 5 years have passed and we have assembled here in this room. Revel in each others' successes. Discuss. Develop your stories.
  25. Visions can change. But plans are different. It is good to have some milestones. Stick to the core of that vision.
  26. Now consider some steps along the way to get to your vision...
  27. In order to get to live in a blissful apartment in NY with your boyfriend, you first need to find a boyfriend!
  28. ...So now you have some milestones. That's the first thing we are putting into our portfolios. The vision, and some kind of a plan.
  29. The second thing going in the portfolio... support. Who are your fans? Please take a card and a pen.
  30. On your own, and for yourself, map your support network. Map the connections between you, branch out to those who support you.
  31. Parents, friends, colleagues. But also the people you will NEED to be involved. Those who you would LIKE to be involved.
  32. Who is your support network... scribble...
  33. When you are ready... compare notes with those around you... and steal some ideas... what ideas have others got that you can borrow?
  34. There may be some people you need to seek out, who will make your support network really useful.
  35. So we have vision, we have support, and now we will have skills. 'When I know what I am talking about it goes well.'
  36. Nancy Klein's book 'Time to Think' promotes listening.
  37. Cluster into threes. Each person in turn has 2 minutes - during that two minutes that person will talk about 'what you do'
  38. What is your statement about what you do?
  39. The other people are going to be interested. No interruptions! Give that person time to think aloud to for 2 minutes.
  40. Two skills were practiced there: clarity of articulation, and listening.
  41. Now we shall further the skill of collaboration. Let's do some drawing... We are going to work in pairs. This is a silent activity.
  42. Find someone you haven't worked with yet. You are going to draw a face between you. One line each at a time.
  43. This is a collaborative turn taking game. Silently!
  44. It is important that you don't talk, because otherwise you would be discussing what you were drawing.
  45. Pause now. We are going to give a name to this character. We are going to name this character one letter each at a time.
  46. Now walk around the gallery to look at the other masterpieces your fellow artists have collaboratively created.
  47. When you are ready return to your own work...
  48. Share something that has been useful, when you think about how to make order out of chaos.
  49. Thank you very much for participating this evening. All the very best for your future careers!!