Letterpress & linocut business District Dogs gave me a shout out for photographing their live “Artist In The Window” at Bird On A Wire – huge thanks to this rad local creative business!!
After mentioning Steve Jobs’ quote:
“It’s only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that really matter.”
– Scott Belsky, Behance founder and Making Ideas Happen writer extends:
“The wise creative leader understands that idea generation is a wild animal that requires a stolid trainer to tame excitement with a healthy dose of skepticism. You need to say ‘no’ more than you say ‘yes,’ and you need to build a team and culture that helps kill ideas when necessary.”
Ideas are exciting, doing matters most.
“When the next step is unclear, the best way to figure it out is to take action. Constant motion is the key to execution.”
– Scott Belsky, Making Ideas Happen
“Approach every occasion of creativity with a dose of skepticism and a bias toward action. Brainstorming should start with a question and the goal of capturing something specific, relevant, and actionable.”
– introducing the Action Method in Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky
OK, tonight riled me up.
I attended a speakers series called Big Mouth.
Tonight’s subject was Art and Real Estate.
In a city such as Vancouver, which has had an absolute explosion of condo development and a constant destruction of anything old in favour of new, this is a very heated subject matter.
Artists can not afford to live in the city. They are being pushed further and further away from the centres where they and their craft should be thriving and enlivening the city.
But after listening to seven speakers, as well as a much-too-short Q&A, I felt like there wasn’t enough talk on action.
How do we take what is obviously a difficult situation for artists and make it better?
How do we integrate art & government, culture & development?
An article was published in the Globe & Mail yesterday that provides what I believe are some answers. I will post the link at the end of this blog post.
here are some notes I compiled from the evening…
– Principal, Michael Green Architecture
- Humourous, quick presentation.
- Point of view that art & architecture used to be integrated w/ craft. Then we moved to the architect trying to be the artist, such as Gehry. Green says we are still here, which he sees as unfortunate.
- Unfortunate case too often: by the time a building has been completed, no $ left over for the art that was intended in original design. Green experienced this with tall vertical slots in the lower section of the airport in Ottawa. Was meant to be area to put art.
- Mentions a project called “One % for the hood.” US has 1% rule to incorporate art into new buildings. Canada needs something similar.
- Gave a cursory history of the development of Vancouver. A tad us-and-them (Europeans vs First Nations). Left me with a bad taste in my mouth.
- Interesting fact about 33×122′ parcels of land
- Talked about history, but what else? Didn’t get into much about current state or possible resolutions.
– Executive Director, The Cultch
- Quite raw, off the cuff, I admired her gusto.
- A little bit idealistic, but also some great ideas such as creating buildings that can house visiting artists closer to venues such as Cultch.
- Make a real artistic district, East side culture crawl throughout year
- She says “Yes” to density.
- Redfern says that artists need to see change as inevitable, and to work w developers.
- Very likeable, said he was going to talk all about himself and his company, which he did, but he made it relevant to the topic.
- I admire his pursuit of making communities that count, how to actually make culture work in a era where money rules. “Good.”
- “We want to de-commoditise Van Real Estate” in a city run by tourism
- Some important points in his process:
– Create more aesthetically pleasing buildings, and buildings that actually fit into the neighbourhood they’re built in. Gave example of “Chips” in Manchester: they responded because it meant something to them, they could relate to it.
– Reinvent marketing by communicating process rather than product. Get people with u from Day 1!
- Believes in integrating culture & community & commerce.
- Smart, personable, some interesting projects but do they actually integrate with the community or are they just tacked on?
– Food 360: Break down the process of food
– PS New West: poetry on building exterior across sky train.
– ONE: put 1% towards community projects such as @popluckNW
– Bringing Street Game Fest to New West – if you’d like to help, contact him
– Chair of the Vancouver Art Gallery and Managing Partner of Goodmans Vancouver
- Talked entire time about VAG & the new land awarded, didn’t know what his point was in relation to the topic.
- Wants to get non-art supporters on board to help finance new VAG
– Co-Owner, Nuba Restaurant + Founding Partner, Arrival Agency (formerly Waldorf Productions)
- Shy presenation, scattered thoughts, but his heart is coming from the right place.
- Waldorf as a platform for a variety of people from different sections of city & community, a rare place they could come together.
Q & A
- Inhabitants disconnected from owners.
- Steven brings good point about buying home being an investment more than being a home.
- Prediction that the most interesting stuff in future Vancouver will be rental and commerical
- Who is Ernesto’s friend (Shelley?) is a firecracker, brings some spark to Q&A
- Ernesto ends w great point about how we need to stop seeing a separation between arts & everyday monetary life. They should be integrated, seamless.
Thank you Polina!
Nice to see you Graeme, Erika, Avalon, Pax
Here is the article on the Globe & Mail “The economic imperative for investing in arts and culture.” Have a read, it’s worth your time.
Every human being is born into this world fully equipped not only to take care of himself or herself, but also to contribute to the well-being of the world as a whole. Some get the chance to explore their potential, but many others never get the chance to unwrap the wonderful gifts they were born with. They die with those gifts unexplored, and the world remains deprived of their contribution.
– Muhammad Yunus, Building A Social Business
Oh David Byrne how I love thee. Talking Heads would’ve been so rad to shoot:
With music shows, there is inevitably so much gear on stage – guitars, drums, keyboards, amps – that sometimes the gear ends up being lit as much as the performers. To mitigate this a little bit I had all the metal hardware (cymbal stands and keyboard racks) painted matte black so that it wouldn’t outshine the musicians. We hid guitar amps under the riders that the backing band played on, so those were invisible too.
– from How Music Works, 2012