Apr 08 2008

Arts at Nexus For Change 2

Last week at Nexus for Change 2 we had an evening of the arts for change. We had Playback Theatre from our full arts team (who recruited me – that was fun! You can see some video clips here, here and here), juggling from the amazing Tom Sparough and song from Timothy C. Van Ness and we even drew together. Taking an idea from Johnnie Moore, we did a pairs drawing exercise, continuing on my inquiry into visual expression as a mode of interaction and learning together. Here is a short video of one pair drawing together.

YouTube – Drawing Together Exercise

Here are some of the beautiful faces they drew together:
Drawing Together
You can see the pictures more clearly in the Nexus set on Flickr.

And some stills from Playback Theatre
Playback Theatre

Peter Block made an observation on Tuesday that really hit home for me. He said something to the effect that we resist change done unto us, but we embrace change that helps us stay who we are. Somewhat paradoxically, it is in the preservation of self that we embrace change.

So does change always have to be serious and gut wrenching? Or can we play, singe and draw our way through transformation? I think we can. And perhaps we MUST!

For more on Nexus, see our wiki.
More videos here.

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Arts at Nexus For Change 2”

  1. Johnnie Mooreon 09 Apr 2008 at 1:51 am

    It’s great to see that drawing exercise spreading. In fairness, I need to tip the hat to Alain Rostain (http://www.creativeadvantage.com) who first showed it to me, and to the AIN (http://appliedimprov.net) for the conference where we met.

    And I’m jealous that you got to spend time with Peter Block!

  2. Nancy Whiteon 09 Apr 2008 at 8:46 am

    Johnnie, thanks for adding the additional information about the practice’s lineage. I have been trying to put together a little video with the images made – they are amazing, but still have a few technical hurdles to cross. Or need a day free to play!

    Peter Block was amazing. I could have listen (and graphically recorded) for hours. Not typical for me.

  3. Joitskeon 10 Apr 2008 at 11:17 am

    mmm, I never liked the term ‘resistance to change’ I think it is ‘resistance to negative change’; see how flexible people are to change when it is positive for them (or simply necessary)

  4. Nancy Whiteon 10 Apr 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Excellent point, Joitske!

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