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Artful Agilists is a group multimedia exhibition intended to demonstrate one of the intrinsic rewards for working in an Agile way: bringing more of ourselves to work.  The success of this demonstration rests on the vulnerability of respected Agile practitioners sharing who they are as creative art makers and practitioners. It is scheduled for Saturday, February 21, 2015 in the Agile Leader Hall, a virtual space in Sococo .

Fractal Cylinder, Artist Dan Gries (middle)

Fractal Cylinder, Artist Dan Gries (middle)

The venue is the online home of Bill Krebs’ Distributed Agile Study Group.  Offering workshops to help Agilists gain fluency in virtual worlds, this is a global community of practice for what Fast Company columnist Scott Anthony calls “associational thinking.” Associational thinking is defined as the ability to make surprising connections. Members are co-present in the Agile Mindset across distance, methodologies and domains.

Here is the rationale behind the exhibition:

During the Industrial Revolution, people in the workplace distinctly separated what we think of now as “art” from “technology.” Though engineers held the well-oiled machine in high esteem, it was in a realm far from the bright ornaments with which the Victorians populated other spaces. Thus efficiency was divorced from beauty. Engineering was divorced from craftsmanship.

We suffer when we reinforce this false split while trying to accomplish knowledge work. The boundaries hurt because they no longer apply.

As Agilists, we want to hone our aesthetic senses and re-integrate art and technology. This is one path to healing the wounds of an inhuman workplace. We seek to apply artfulness to our roles as makers and users of technology. We also respect and promote art’s function as an embodiment of culture.

Artist Robert McDougal, Yale

Artist Robert McDougal, Yale

This is an online gallery where you can interact with the viewers in real time. If you’d like to participate, here’s how:

MANY THANKS to Lyssa AdkinsDoc List and Paul Sutton for their early commitment to participate,

to the members of New Haven Artful Agilists for their continuing on-the-ground inspiration,

and to Esther Derby for providing valuable insight and moral support.

Intrigued but not yet ready to contribute? LEARN MORE about the platform of Sococo and check out Elinor’s mentor Lee Devin, co-Author of Artful Making and The Soul of Design.

Some people just have it in their DNA to not be limited.    That was one of the takeaways from the Transcending Borders conference in Salzburg, accessible via National Endowment for the Arts webcast on 6/12/2012.  In the quest for knowledge, one size  – i.e.,  one field or place or discipline – definitely does not fit all.  The provocateur naturally seeks to zigzag across borders, to hang out at their interstices, and find ways to connect things, people, places, cultures and enterprises that, to the unambitious, may seem like exercise in the impossible.

ZERO1 in San Jose, CA- aka where art meets technology to shape the future – is a case in point.  The organization sees itself as a broker to create new platforms that give rise to new forms of creativity.  One of the objectives this baby of Silicon Valley has in mind is putting a face on the postmodern city.

The Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz stretches the potential of the internet’s use as a creative space for artistic collaborations.  I like the way their ZeitRaum project presents dynamic, visual representations of open data as public art in transit areas:

Choreographer Liz Lerman responds to the myth of individual genius by stressing how much of creativity is about managing relationships.  Artists and collaborators should be given the utmost respect while organizational knowledge is deployed in their support.

Interdisciplinarity is the necessary basis to collide different minds, and the provocateur’s job is to keep the collisions going more than once, to make pathways for deep access.   This requires a LOT of three things:

  • translation
  • contextualization
  • support

How can you tell if you share the ambition of provocateurs?  You live and work – and give – by this motto:   Do what you think is next.

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