So here we are in Nottingham.
Are there rules for a good collaboration? Are all partnerships fruitful? Can we put aside individual egos and produce something new and unexpected? Over the next two weeks we hope to find out.
One of the things we already know we have in common is that we are both makers and we both like stuff. This is the van loaded and ready to go this morning.
We have previously worked together as artist and producer but we have not worked together as artist and artist.
Summer Lodge is the first time we will have shared a space. Today we were allocated our studio, and met the other artists and the brilliant student assistants. Very importantly to start to get to know everyone we shared a potluck lunch.
For the first three days we will each take it in turns to initiate a point of enquiry, planning and setting ourselves ‘provocations’. The outcomes of this will not be finished work. The work we share on this blog will be very raw and sometimes just plain bad! We want to be open to learn from failure. So we expect to share a lot of failures.
The luxury of Summer Lodge is that it is an opportunity to be open and experimental. I hope we can be honest enough to make the most of that opportunity.