FUTURE PLAY - A story about people and art - and hope.

FUTURE PLAY - A story about people and art - and hope.

Daniel told us that it is o.k. not to succeed.

At that moment I felt released from the pressure of success and was able to truly experiment.

I arrived a month before the event. A week after my arrival two central movers (Sharon and Storm) left for a week, leaving a large void. While continuing Storms practice of individual responsibility, I experimented in implementing new methods of management that I had been researching, which allowed for a more even spread of decision making and giving more autonomous power to individuals/groups. Authority shifted, based on who had the most knowledge and experience in a specific role. Who was interested in working on what. It was a very dynamic method which allowed for organic growth without causing more stress and responsibility on the core group who arrived early to manage all the tasks ahead of us. It worked (much of the time 📷😊). Morning meetings held by Storm were kept as short as possible. Groups with facilitators (no leaders) were formed to work on different areas and "shit got done".

For me personally, it worked so well that the teams I facilitated, worked so independently, that I was free to invest my time and energy in assisting in other aspects of the event, and eventually remove myself from those circles as new people arrived to replace me. I even was able to make three small art installations of my own 📷:-).

I feel that this “experiment” succeeded in many ways – It set the groundwork of connections between a lot of extremely talented people. People who want the space to co-create. Next time, we will be able to do so much more.

But we need to learn from this. We need to write down where there was tension, and how we can fix it for next time. We need to define our method of management, so that we don’t have to re-create “magic” all the time. It’s much better to know the secret behind the trick.

I want this to work, because I am reminded that I am first and foremost an artist that wants to create art, yet I find myself dedicating so much time to creating the spaces where this is possible.

What if we branded ourselves as a creative placemaking artists group– with specific set of skills and knowledge to come into communities and to co-create towards a common goal?

"Creative Placemaking is generally understood as the use of arts and culture by diverse partners to strategically shape the physical and social character of a place in order to spur economic development, promote enduring social change and improve the physical environment."

There is big money in this by city developers and real state and business developers. We could tap into that and become a self-sustaining dynamic group that gets funded by these people to come into communities, integrate with the citizens, see in what ways we can work together with them to meet their artistic and cultural needs. Perhaps creating an “art- amusement park,” or pockets of free spaces within the center of the cities. Creating both temporary and permanent art which will enrich the citizens for years to come.

What do you think? Where should Future-Plays next “experiment” take place?