When Samantha and I were preparing for the residency interview in January, we came up with the idea of The Peripatetic Studio: an online space (thus beautifully mirroring the digital nature of our communication and therefore of our collaboration) where artists from different disciplines could discuss their experience of working in and across different spaces, sharing techniques for opening their practice in response for space and for coping with the difficulties of changing environments. Although we weren’t commissioned for the residency, we decided we were still passionate about the idea of exploring how other artists collaborate and work ‘on the go’, and that the blog would be a relatively easy to maintain way of engaging in that discussion and carrying it forward.
Also, the prototype we’d mocked up for the interview got a surprising amount of traffic, despite not having any ‘real’ content. Fellow creatives we’d mentioned it to responded really positively. I’m a researcher as well as a writer, and the relationship between space and process is something i’m interested in exploring (I run a writing residencies project in Newcastle called Write Around The Toon which is based on responding to the physical space of cultural buildings).
two.5 works mainly as a digital collaboration: our work on Dirty Laundry comes together in a digital environment where text meets image over at Cargo Collective in our in-progress exhibition space. We talk across the ocean using Viber, Skype and Facetime, and we email constantly- exchanging thoughts, snapshots, twenty-paragraph emails on how we’re feeling about personal direction. Without the internet, two.5 would not exist. So, the digital space in which we work together is an essential part of what work we produce together and how we produce it. Outside of two.5, we both work on the go- travelling between cities on a weekly-basis, and between countries surprisingly often. Although we both have spaces in our homes where we can work, we also maintain and borrow office space from other places and as an element of our paid employment. We’ve both noticed that people working in the creative industries are more likely to develop a responsive practice, adapting projects and techniques depending on the space available, and that creative residencies are becoming a more common way of involving creative practice in traditionally ‘non-creative’ environments.
…. which is why we’ve spent the last couple of days issuing initial invites to selected ‘creatives’, asking them if they’d be interested in contributing a guest-post to The Peripatetic Studio, so we can get the discussion rolling. If you’re interested in contributing or would like to suggest someone suitable as a contributor, please drop us a line at viccyandsamantha (at) gmail.com