CONSENSES – Art that connects

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I feel incredibly lucky to have had the chance to visit the Consenses exhibition on Martha’s Vineyard and meet it’s amazing founder, Sally Taylor (daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon).

Consenses is a collaborative, multidisciplinary game of “Telephone” featuring the work of 130 artists from all over the world who have never met.  22 Photographs of Martha’s Vineyard were selected.  The photos were sent to song writers, the songs were sent to dancers, the dances were sent to painters, the paintings were sent to perfume artists, the perfumes were sent to designers, and so on.

Sally was inspired by the ancient fable “The blind men and the Elephant” in which 5 Blind men come to their own concept of “Elephant” based on limited interactions with one.  It is her wish, through ConSenses that we explore what happens when we listen to one another without words, share our perceptions without judgment, take a look through each other’s eyes and let go of everything we thought we knew.

 

Consenses

 

Check out her fantastic TED Talk!

Don’t Complain, CREATE

This is a great little video of Tina Roth Eisenberg, the founder of SwissMiss, Tattly, CreativeMornings and Studiomates  found on 99U.

She has come up with some “rules” that I’ve translated into 5 questions:

1)  What’s my super power?

2)  What can I  do to make something I’m complaining about better?

3)  Are the people I’m hanging out with inspiring me?

4)  How can I add more fun and play in my life?

5)  Am I pushing myself to be the best version of myself?

“Steal Like An Artist -10 Things Nobody Tells You About Being Creative”

Steal Like An Artist

Austin Kleon’s talk “Steal Like An Artist” is a creative manifesto based on 10 things he wish he’d heard when he was starting out. Austin is a writer and artist.  He’s the author of Newspaper Blackout, a best-selling book of poetry made by redacting newspaper articles with a permanent marker.

Click HERE to listen to his TED Talk.