Day 1 as a CoLab TechArt Fellow went really well and wow, wow, wow – I couldn’t believe the talent in the room!
I met many Fellows from South Asia, Germany and the UK and I have to say that it was the most networking and human interaction that I’ve experienced this year, due to the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
We did several warm up, ice-breaker tasks to get the creative juices flowing. One of them was to write a collaborative poem. Our group found it challenging at times, as we were all wanting to focus on the visual side, but the exercise was to use text as a medium, so we stayed focussed and got stuck in.
I chose the word Innovation as my keyword of inspiration for the poem and this is what I created:
Innovation is shiny silver, like a reflection in water.
Innovation sounds like rain splashing on the surface of a puddle.
Innovation is pioneering.
We then collated our poem together and we found that our colour palette consisted of purple, silver and grey – how lovely! We also noticed a theme of water / weather systems, including a storm, rain / puddles and the flow of water.
Our collaborative poem was made up of 3 keywords – Innovation, Future and Self-Expression and this is how it turned out:
The future is purple, silver and grey.
It sounds like the moment before a storm hits, the splashing of the rain and the smooth flow of water that follows.
The afternoon consisted of many inspirational Pecha Kucha presentations and by this time, my mind was blown.
My Pecha Kucha was a success, yay (thankfully my practicing paid off, phew). I had such an overwhelmingly positive response from my co-hort, who were wowed at my work and the way I told my story. Other Fellows said that they were thinking about bubbles by the end of the day, so that can only be a good thing!
Now to rest, ready for day 2…