In the past my art work has involved using illogical methods to make logical looking answers. For example, for my degree I took sections of my written work and analysed it in an unconventional way, to try to figure out the answer to the question – How do you become an artist. After some word counting, mind-mapping and nonsense sums, I figured that the answer was 9x-x/36+12.
In my everyday work, I use mapping in a more traditional way, to problem solve and see the overall picture of the Circuit programme – so when I was asked to use my practice and respond to what I thought about organisational change and what makes a program work, my mind almost exploded with creative possibilities.
I spent the first day of the residency, looking at words I had collected from various sources, that were used to describe a successful programme, and started drawing connections between them – I soon realised that a lot of words meant the same thing, and most were emotive. In the evening I read about Mind mapping techniques from the man who invented them – Tony Buzan. I tweeted him to tell him and he responded!
On day two I looked at the elements that make up a youth programme and linked them to the emotive words, trying to get a sense of what it takes to make each element work positively. For example, integration works by communication but good integration happens when the communication is tailored. Just the same as my ‘make it up’ artwork, I was playing around with ideas and language.
The last day of the residency, involved a lot more detailed writing, and investigation of the idea that the youth programme can act in a similar way to a governance structure and both are essentially communities needing support, diversity and ambition.
I am really excited to be able to take this further and look at the reality of what I have drawn out. In February I hope to look at my diagrams again with fresh new year eyes, and look at what I personally do to create a successful youth programme here in Nottingham. I am even more excited that I will pass on my work and findings to Sally at Tate St Ives – so she can start her own creative experiments!