LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #47 – Collaborative Creation

In collaborative work, the whole group is the author of the piece. When devising something together it’s impossible to say who made what, because everything is the output of something and the input for something else. Many things in life are created like this: the logistics in a shared flat, the frame of a relationship, the atmosphere in a party, the structure of a forest, the destiny of humanity…

 


María Ferrara

 

LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #28 – Ensemble

The dictionary says that ensemble is “a group producing a single effect”. The focus is not what each member does, but rather on what is created cooperatively. There is strength in numbers, and that implies capacity to do things that would otherwise be impossible. The group can function like a dynamo, generating energy and carrying the participants with an identity that is other than the sum of the parts that make it up. In group situations it can be useful every now and then to step back and get an overview of what’s happening on the group level, because this can be influencing things in a way that we’re not aware of. A bit like not being able to see the wood for the trees.

 


María Ferrara