Jenny Magnus

On the theme of Attention:

"...It made me feel a little scared to think that maybe there’s a whole class of things that I'm unaware of. That I am un-self-conscious of. And that I'm going to be forced to pay attention to. I can't quite see how I'm going to stay in the present if there are all of these things I have to pay attention to.  It all goes by so fast, it’s confusing, and I feel like I'm not really in control of it. Like it’s sweeping me along and I only have time to pick up on a few things..." Cruise Control, The Willies, 1993

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Vision. Innovation. Motion. Creativity Boot Camp.

Need a gymnasium for your artistic mind?  A place to exercise your imagination?  Need trainers to guide you through experiences designed to add stamina and definition to the muscle behind your creative process?  We are your CreativePush Collective, a duo of trained and degreed facilitators with two decades of expertise in composing workshop and practicum experiences that ramp up conceptualization, articulation, realization, and problem solving in creative endeavors.  Whether you are a current art student, a mid-career artist, a working parent with a longing to return to your creative self, or corporate manager in need of boosting the creative energies of your employees, we can support you as you catapult ideas into action. We can facilitate your starting, persevering, and finishing.  So go ahead, make a mess.  We'll help you make it into something more.

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Sample workshop plan:

Workshop Week 2

Maps and Routes

Generative: breathing warm ups with writing; impulse movement into writing, (impulses- physical, narrative, psychic); imagine a place you “can no longer go”, then, a place you” will no longer go”, write. 

Game: red light green light

Experiments:

Scar telling (maps, locations on the body)- partner, tell each other the story of a scar, take note of sparky words and gestures, excerpt 4 each, combine in an order and create a body poem together

Dot map writing- 9 dots, see each location as a treasure location, stop at each one and collect images, let the place work on you and write there. 

Discussion:

Routed Ideas

Course of action towards making an idea “work”? 

Observation, collecting, chance, collaboration and revision

Retroactive understanding of the shape of an idea

Balance between concrete and abstract

Secrets, embodiment,

The inner and the outer, reverence/irreverence,

Creativity: preparation, incubation, illumination, verification- Graham Wallas,

Art that is simultaneously an echo and a mirror, but possesses an awakening prophetic power;

public and private symbols

Frame stories, braided structures