A quarter of the way through the year already. Don’t know about you, but to me it’s felt really busy. I thought it might help to take stock of the things I’ve done so far.
I’ve been making a concerted effort to capitalise on the momentum I gained through the Rambert residency last year. See, if I’ve learned anything, it’s that you have to be your own biggest champion. You can’t expect people to intuit your value: you have to prove it over and over again. And you can’t let things slide and expect some other bugger to give you a leg up.
A podcast I was listening to the other day said we should all be working on five areas of professional/personal growth at any one time, and should know immediately what those five things are. Now, it doesn’t matter what mine are – what are yours? I’ve found evening classes are a good way to make it easy to focus on them. But evening classes are also really knackering me out to the point of borderline counter-productiveness, now. Oh well. Nothing comes for free, hein.
In any case, here’s what I’ve done in the last 3 months:
* Finished & distributed Hack Circus issue 12, wrapping the magazine project for good.
* Successfully interviewed for a place on an artists’ panel (part of Making Ways) influencing cultural spending in Sheffield, attending regular meetings & more since January.
* Took 3 courses in different creative areas (one finished in March with a public show, other two are ongoing).
* Had an installation at the Lowry, that ended Feb.
* Wrote a new talk about A.I. which I got to do at AEOUD’s first event of the year.
* Wrote a chapter of a forthcoming anthology book, that I’ve been asked to contribute to.
* Gave a talk on my Rambert residency, at Nerd Nite London.
* Did up my home office and completely renovated the bathroom (pics all over internet soon!)
* Finished making an intensive run of podcasts, as well as HuffPo blogposts and newsletters about creativity.
* Had articles in Creative Review and New Scientist, and a regular column for Brandwatch.
* Got back into the gym properly.
* Started learning about finance and economics.
* Applied for 3 major funding/residency/development bids (two rejected so far, one pending).
* Pitched successfully to a digital museums programme.
* Started a drawing project with a friend.
* Started my new part-time role as the first Digital Curator at the fantastic Site Gallery.
I’m having more meetings than I’ve ever had in my life, and suddenly I’ve got ‘homework’ all the time. So I guess it’s not that odd that I’m a bit tired.
If you want to see the first fruits of my Site Gallery job, please come along to a panel discussion I’ve organised to take place at the Upper Chapel here in Sheffield, on the 27th of April. I’ve got three great speakers – all dear friends of Hack Circus – so if you like that stuff, you should enjoy it. Artist & educator Katharine Vega (aka Kate Genevieve who talked about the Voyager disks at Starship Hack Circus), philosopher of time and more, Dr Sean Power, and New Scientist culture editor Simon Ings will be in conversation with each other and with the audience. More info here.