An express course "Impetus" led by Dr. Art. Prof. Inguna Audere (LV) and Prof. Michael Rogers (visiting artist from Rochester institute of Technology, USA) took place on the 12th-13th of March, 2018, in the department of Monumental Arts and Scenography.
This course explored source inspirations, ideation, and project development, pertaining to collaborative, multi-media, and cross-disciplinary practice. Related aspects include installation, sound, and site specificity. Instructors and participants developed creative events and actions, learning by doing. The goal was not perfection but rather gaining knowledge through experience. There were lectures by the instructors concerning their attitudes and approaches to creativity, making art, and collaborating with others. Open discussion addressed the pragmatic aspects of process as well as the wild excesses of inspiration and ideation.
Where do ideas come from? How do collaborations form and why? What is the importance of trust between collaborators? Where does each artists role begin? What are the potential rewards and disappointments of collaborative projects? How does such activity affect one’s thinking? These questions and others were explored and discussed.
The instructors presented their current project and how the concept and theme developed over time. Both our individual and combined aesthetics were involved. At the core is our desire to learn from the collaborative experience and to go further creatively than one can go on their own. Art should involve risk, it should transform the individual and transport a person from where they are now to somewhere they have not yet been. We attempted to relay the intricacies of our creative and working processes by discussing our interests in aspects of the traditional, the contemporary, our desire to combine media and disciplines, as well as shared interests in language, symbols and metaphor.
The starting point was for participants to choose a visual symbol/sign and then to expand the interpretation of that symbol/sign through combining painting, sculpture and performance.