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The Sam Stone Creative Process Manifesto - Draft One

Sam Stone Creative Process Manifesto

Draft One

One should determine their creativity weather system. If creativity were rain, what ecosystem do you find yourself in? I, myself, am in an ecosystem where rain comes often, but evaporates quickly. All to say, I thrive in experiencing the onsets of creativity but my work is in catching, assessing and developing. The following manifesto will discuss the different parts of a Sam Stone Creative Process. Parts come initially chronologically but are absolutely interchangeable and repeatable throughout the process.

PART ONE - GOALS

PART TWO - CURIOSITY/OBSESSION FREED

PART THREE - REVIEW AND REFLECT

PART FOUR - DEVELOP AND EDIT*!

*do remember that each part can only be examined if the artist has met basic necessities (food, shelter, rest etc.) Always break to meet these - this is your creative rhythm.

! before each break, leave yourself a note on the next to do for your return


Examples and explanations below -


PART ONE - GOALS

Determine your initial curiosity or problem to solve. Goals will be referenced throughout the process. Often preceding a goal, one needs outside inspiration - if you are lacking in goal, go out and learn.


Examples by Sam Stone (SS):

-to try on all stages of the creative process while sensing what needs further research

-keeping pieces that serve the ecosystem

-find, note and develop at all parts in Creative Process:

The Peculiar - strong images, questionable scenarios, unfinished moments, things that give a little, but not all

The Familiar - tasks, current feelings and events, nostalgia, moments of home, character work

The Startling - shock, over the top, contrast, unsettled, fuck you’s


PART TWO - CURIOSITY/OBSESSION FREED

Find the pace and tone that most allows you to receive. Often a warm up to enter such a state is needed. Let passion slop and splash. Let obsession carve and flow. Possibly set time limits to act as containers, offering additional safety for freedom.*

*set up ‘buckets’ to catch what falls for upcoming part three


Examples by SS:

-automatic, free writing with particular interest to change in pace.

-My bucket for writing is paper. For dance video.

-I stopped writing because my hand grew tired and I was hungry (creative process rhythm).


PART THREE - REVIEW AND REFLECT

Look at what you’ve done! Have others look! Reflect on your goals and collect what taps into them. At this point, imagine all that has happened is not yours, it simply moved through you. Do not feel sentimental, trust your artistry intelligence. In reflecting, your artistry intelligence will figure out form of final piece by examining what is there and how it relates to your goals.*

*often space is needed from Part Two before beginning Part Three to alter perspective.


Examples by SS:

-In writing, circled and noted original free write in different color.

-determined form from writing to be a manifesto.

-collected the peculiar, familiar and startling.


PART FOUR - DEVELOP AND EDIT

Your artistry intelligence extends into your sense of form or your natural ability to organize. How you do this is already in you - trust it. There is the continued effort to fulfill and relate to the initial goal but also finding form asks for micro and macro considerations about relationships.


Examples by SS:

-My goal to move through all parts of the creative process needs the structure of a manifesto to deter the distractions of working alone

-A macro consideration I fell upon is ‘What is dance performance in relation to the audience?” I concluded, dance is storytelling because people are involved, dance is poetry because order and ‘making sense’ are not necessary, dance is painting because it works with form in filling in space. Audiences should always have space to interpret, analyze and connect.


CONCLUSION

Art must be made through a process and not a mere replication. A process in all these parts ia bumpy road in which the artist experiences and develops through multiple states and perspectives. The process therefore creates layers of meaning and in presenting the work, an audience can find more dimensions to relate and expand upon. Art stirs conversation, this is how it lives and shifts a community. Art connects. In moving through the creative process one must practice each part towards mastering their own personal style or approach. A process by definition is something you go through - it is work and professional artists do that work always considering, revising and developing the process its self.

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