What Am I Working On Now – April 2020

Time Talks

A series of online Time Talks – open lectures and discussions by the researchers and practitioners on various aspects of the concept of time in psychology. Run by Time Perspective Network, Denmark and Creative Time Studio. All the upcoming zoominars are listed on the Facebook page and website. All are recorded and further available on the youtube channel.

Teaching

Psychology of Time – at DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Psychology of Endings– at DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Learning

Logotherapy and existential-analytical psychotherapy with at The Viennese School of Existential Analysis, London, UK.

Hindustani Classical Music and how to play on Bansuri flute.

Researching

Linking the time awareness, future thinking and sustainability across disciplines: Futurization of thinking and behavior. Time Perspective Network, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Planning a study to address different observations made during the COVID-19 pandemic and reactions to it.

Cleaning up

Creative Time Studio is undergoing a spring clean-up, both in terms of revising various objects that collected there, but also revising the projects and courses it offers. I have a few ideas I’m developing at the moment and I am also opening up for individual consultations. More info to follow soon.

The 100 days project

This time around I have decided to join the #the100dayproject with short sound clips from my flute practices. You can follow my progress on Instagram – I post a minute clip daily in my story.

Psychology of Time and Well-Being

Dear friends and colleagues, please help me to record a guest lecture for a Positive Psychology course – I find it extremely difficult to talk without an actual audience.

Time: Apr 5, 2020 05:00 PM Copenhagen

During this talk I will:
– give a very very very brief intro to how time is studied in psychology,
– how I ended up in this research field, in which I’m ‘stuck’ now for almost 20 years (celebrating my anniversary this August),
– what is a time perspective and what is a balanced time perspective profile
– I will talk about my research on the balanced time perspective profile in Russia and in Sweden.

I also usually have some tips on what can be done to achieve it, I might adjust it as a response to the current new conditions for many of us.
You will also have an opportunity to take the test and discover your own temporal profile.

We can also have a Q&As session at the end of the talk.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 759 397 541

Contour drawing online: March 29, 2020

This is “corona-free-zone” 🙂

Since making art is not cancelled, let’s use this opportunity to be together and do something fun!

Contour drawings are really easy and fun to make, no previous experience is needed! You can do it on your own or with your family / friends!

All you need is some paper and something to draw with – pencil, pen, marker, whatever you have 🙂

As the Studio is closed due to the lock-down, your donation would be greatly appreciated!
It’s on “pay what you can if you can” basis
mobilepay: 71437363; paypal: anna.sircova [at] gmail.com

We will meet on Sunday, March 29, at 11.00am Copenhagen time.

The meeting will take place online:
https://tinyurl.com/sbr7pyr

Reading: Event by Slavoj Žižek

“What is really happening when something happens?” says on the book cover.. The notion of “event” has been on my mind since the discussion this February during the Psychological Winter School organized yearly by the Saint-Petersburg State University. Which was an event on its own. It was 20st consecutive edition of the Winter School and during one of the workshops we had a super interesting discussion on what is an event? …

Therefore I was thrilled to see this book in a London book shop, and hence the journey of discovering an event has begun.

All Aboard – Event in Transit

1/ Event can refer to a devastating natural disaster or to the latest celebrity scandal, the triumph of the people or a brutal political change, an intense experience of a work of art or an intimate decision…

2/ Something shocking, out of joint, that appears to happen all of a sudden and interrupts the usual flow of things; something that emerges seemingly out of nowhere, without discernible causes, an appearance without solid being as its foundation.

.. something ‘miraculous’ in an event..

Examples:

  • eventual nature of Christianity – belief in the event of the death and resurrection of Christ;
  • love is eventual;
  • political event – Tahrir Square in Cairo and Mubarak regime;
  • rise of a new art form: film noir.

3 / Event – the effect that seems to exceed its causes, space of an event is that which opens up by the gap that separates an effect from its causes.

4 / Event – an occurrence not grounded in sufficient reasons.

5/ Event of the disclosure of Being – of the horizon of meaning which determines how we perceive and relate to reality (Heidegger). Big Bang (or broken symmetry) – the primordial event out of which our entire universe emerged.

These words brought me back to the Existential Analysis course I’m currently taking, where we also discussing the philosophy of Dasein, and where the exchange with the world is essential – how do we have this dialogue, both as an inner one and external one.

Is an event a change in the way reality appears to us, or is it a shattering transformation of reality itself?

Event – Slavoj Zizek

I find this question to be a very inspiring one.. was musing over it for some time.. came to think that it’s probably both, these are interconnected things..

6/ Basic feature of an event: the surprising emergence of something new which undermines every stable scheme.

Books in my life

Where is My Time? – course starting on March 7th, 2020

Let’s Carpe that Diem, dear creative time explorers!

I’m happy to announce that the course “Where is My Time?” is ready for you to sign up! Join the kick-off meeting on March 7th and then the following 3 meetings will take place on March 14th, March 21st and March 28th.

Early bird tickets are available 🙂

It’s a 3 weeks long course with 4 weekly meetings.

By taking this course you will become more aware of:

  • How you look at your own past, present and future;
  • How does this personal view on time impacts the actions you take in daily life and how you interact with your surroundings;
  • How do these different temporal frames impact your personal well-being and how you can improve it;
  • How can you strengthen the positive aspects of your temporal profile and
  • How to create more balance in your temporal profile, that will improve not only your personal well-being, but also will be beneficial for others around you across various daily-life situations.

This course will also help you:

  • to become the author of your life’s narrative
  • to build up resilience and overcome the anxiety connected with choosing the future
  • to figure out what is meaningful for you

What we will do during the course:

  • explore your personal temporal profile using different complimentary methods
  • you will get to spend some time interviewing and observing your temporal opposite
  • you will create a personalized program on how to enhance your temporal profile and get closer to the balanced one
  • you will plant some seeds for new skills to grow

The course is based on my extensive research in the field of psychology of time and time perspective. The program provided in the course is evidence based, it has been piloted, further developed and crafted from 2016. 

Read more about the course here.

Where is My Time? – You are invited to explore

It’s the beginning of the new year… This period can be both exciting and anxiety provoking. New year, new beginning, new opportunities, new destinations, but also how to manage everything else that is already there? Various routines, previous and continuous projects and responsibilities …

Perhaps you’re setting new goals and wondering how to actually realize them. Or perhaps you are currently even not sure what goals to set. Or maybe there is a lot of uncertainty, which makes it difficult to plan anything.

Whatever your situation might currently be, there are some things that you would like to clarify for yourself and create a roadmap and set an overall direction for your activities in the year ahead.

I would like to offer my time and space to help you with that. You’re invited to join a workshop “Where is My Time?” during January or February and explore it together with other time enthusiasts, or otherwise I’m open for individual consultations as well. Book your spot here.

During this hands on workshop you will reflect on:

  • what went well the previous year
  • where are you now
  • what you would like to develop further and
  • what you would like to say goodbye to
  • what is really important for you
  • where does your time actually go
  • where do you ideally want your time to be and how to make it happen

We will also discuss why the traditional time management techniques don’t really work and how to go about it. You will be able to discover your own unique temporal profile that can help you to develop your own personalized way to work with your time. That can lead to being less stressed, being more mindful and happy.

I have been actively exploring the concept of time for the past 20 years and am happy to share my insights with you in this course.

Through the hands-on activities of the session you will learn about the field of Psychology of Time, and Time Perspective theory and approach in particular. The course will involve narrative methods, art-therapy techniques and time perspective coaching.

Warm welcome to Creative Time Studio!

I’m looking forward to create the time together with you!

Повесть о Ходже Насреддине

Очень мне понравилась книга Леонида Соловьева “Повесть о Ходже Насреддине: Возмутитель спокойствия”. Еще больше захотелось съездить попутешествовать по Узбекистану. Самарканд уже очень давно будоражил воображение. После просмотра фильма The Desert of Forbidden Art, очень хочется попасть в музей в Нукусе. И теперь, после прочтения книги, очень хочется посетить Бухару…

Но торопливость, как известно, есть свойство дьявола, и, кроме того, всем памятны стихи мудрейшего шейха Саади Ширазского: “Только терпеливый закончит дело, торопливый же упадет”. Ходжа Насреддин свернул ковер нетерпения и уложил его в сундук ожидания.

 

Books in my life

Creative Rendezvous: Discovering Kandinsky through Live Music |March 13, 2019

This spring I’m inviting you to revitalize yourself in a creative and artistic way.

Join this unique Creative Rendezvous session on March 13, where we will be discovering the fascinating world of Wassily Kandinsky and creating your own masterpiece accompanied by live music. No previous experience in arts is needed.

Kandinsky (1866-1944) was a Russian painter, graphic artist and art theorist. It would not be an underestimated statement to call him the Father of abstract modern art. During the workshop we will concentrate on a few aspects of his creative process. Besides his work in visual arts, he had a passion for music, poetry and theater. He himself played the piano and the cello, wrote verses and scripts.

We will look into some of his work where he connected visual and audio modes, we will discuss the process of seeing sounds, the synesthesia. We will talk about his work with Schoenberg. We will see some bits of the Kandinsky’s performance Pictures at an Exhibition – a music piece by Mussorgsky, which was created under a strong impression of the Viktor Hartmann’s exhibition.

This constant dialogue between the different artistic domains is what interests me the most. This inner connection and cross-inspiration. That is what I would like to explore more during the workshop. As the culmination of this, we will touch upon Kandinsky’s Synthesis of Arts and performance The Yellow Sound.

After this introduction I will propose a few exercises where we will be interpreting different sounds and music using our own impressions, envisioned colors and forms.

This is going to be a unique experience, since for this session I’m collaborating with Alex Choub from Bassworks, who will perform live for us during the workshop. Alex is a composer, teacher, producer and performing musician with 6-string bass ‘touch style’ technique.

Materials:

I will provide the following materials, but you are welcome to bring your own as well:

  • white paper
  • colored paper
  • pastels / crayons
  • scissors
  • glue

Tea, coffee and light snacks are offered during the workshop.

We are really looking forward to bring in the music and colors together with you in some kind of unity and boosting your creative energy this spring!

Practical information:

  • March 13, 2019
  • 16:00 to 18:00
  • Get your ticket here

Address:

  • Rantzausgade 34a,  st. tv
  • Ring: Det Blaa

What Am I Working On Now – February 2019

During February 2019 I am:

Developing:

Concept for the arts part of the Time Perspectives Network meeting in Vilnius 2020, more info to follow soon.

Teaching:

Psychology of Time – at DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Psychology of Endings– at DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Guest lecture “Time and Trauma” at the Psychology of Crisis course, DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Workshops:

Where is My Time – at my Creative Time Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Dealing with Endings in a Creative Way – at my Creative Time Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark.

RESEARCHING:

Linking the time awareness, future thinking and sustainability across disciplines: Futurization of thinking and behavior. Time Perspective Network, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Learning:

About the Hindustani Classical Music and how to play on Bansuri flute.

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How do I manage all of the above and a few things that were left out? I love working with my version of the bullet journal and I also follow my own medicine regarding taking the creative breaks.

I am available for giving workshops on how to deal with culture shock and using creativity as a resource. I would be thrilled to develop a tailored talk / workshop regarding time, creativity and your field of interest.

Best ways to keep up with my progress and stay in touch with me:

  • subscribe to my newsletter with my recent discoveries and updates & invitations to my exhibitions / pop-up galleries openings, events I’m organizing / hosting, talks & workshops I’m giving, etc.
  • see my visual explorations on Instagram
  • follow my occasional banter on twitter , updates on facebook or browse my blog on Medium

Find out more about me on my about page

WHERE IS MY TIME WORKSHOP | POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY COURSE, DIS | Spring 2019

Once again it was a great pleasure to welcome students from the Positive Psychology spring semester course at DIS: Study Abroad in Scandinavia to take part in my  “Where is my Time” workshop as a field study.

We have explored various aspects of the subjective time experience, individual differences in time perspective and how to apply in practice our research results about how to achieve the balanced time perspective and what are the actual benefits of having this particular time perspective.

If you’re interested to run this workshop at your workplace or interested to take the full course – feel free to get in touch!