This creative workshop explores the collage process as a pathway into collective consciousness. Closely linked to the automatic creativity involved in dreaming, collage bypasses creative blockages and any need to have a ‘good’ idea before starting an artwork, offering instead a playful and spontaneous flow state for art making. The openness of the collage space serves as a tool for idea generation, self inquiry, and connection to source.
The workshop includes a short introduction to the medium, some best practices for getting into the creative flow, and a hands-on collage-making session.
New technologies are loaded with metaphorical references to insects, many of which are normalized in language such as the concept of a World Wide Web. Allusions to bees, ants, dragonflies (anything that can fit the non-scientific category of “bug”) reveal our ideals of efficiency as humans evolving with machines, while hinting at the concept of technology as its own alive and buzzing entity. These ideas were at the core of the Bugs and Machines workshop at School of MA. The event involved group dialogue, a talk from the veterinary parasitologist, Susana Fereira, a drawing activity about bodily fears, and a playful encounter with live madagascar hissing cockroaches.