A walk with artist Anthony Schrag along Portobello Prom, finishing with hot chocolate on the beach around a bon fire.
Along the way we learnt about the inquisitive, surreal and political practices of walking. We discussed the idea of drifting, of being led by the walk without a final destination. Led by Anthony we drifted through many topics and heard a few tales. It was March, in Scotland, by the sea, there was chittering and chattering and a warm atmosphere.
On Portobello beach as the sun faded, we were the only people on the beach, sitting on plastic chairs, huddled round a fire and really appreciating the hot chocolate. We had some really good discussion about our walk as a metaphor for the creative process. We discussed the idea of drifting, not knowing, within one journey but also the creative process in general. Alan said “wandering” is necessay; Martin its exciting.
There was also a feeling, that there is a need for structure, parameters and for some one to take the lead; other wise we would have been freezing and without hot chocolat. There can still be choice within the structure and a project as a whole drifts with different ways to shape it at various points.
What I took from the group discusison is the process is important but its good to get to the fire, to gather, pause and share ideas.
You can here some of the discussion here: