What I Am Working On Now – May 2018

During May 2018 I am:

Giving an artist talk:

I’m invited to present our Indvielsen | Initiation: The Danish Tribe project at Rovinj Photodays 2018, Croatia.
Find me on May 4th, 15:15 at CVA BATANA, Trg brodogradilišta 2, 52210 Rovinj

Educating:

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

Creative Rendezvous workshops at my Creative Time Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Writing:

A book chapter on Futurization for the “Managing Screen Time in an Online Society” to be published by IGI Global edited by Lídia Oliveira. Linking the time awareness, future thinking and sustainability across disciplines: Futurization of thinking and behavior. Time Perspective Network, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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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:

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Exploring the Dialogue between Chillida and Heidegger

During the Creative Rendezvous workshop on March 18th, 2018, where we were discovering the abstract and monumental works of the Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida, we were also looking into his dialogue with Martin Heidegger.

We tried to practically feel and experience how is it to be a sculptor and a sculpture. We looked into how sculpture teaches us what it means to be in world, when “the limit marks the beginning of the thing, not its end. Things begin at their limits for it is here that they enter into relationships with the rest of the world.”

We talked about how emptiness is no nothingness, but rather it is capable of accepting content. And how we attribute meaning to spaces and they become places and how chronotope plays a role in this process.

We also talked about the difference between perception and experience, how the first one is rooted in present and goes into the future and the other one is in the present, but rooted in the past.

Sending my greetings to all the participants, who also were sculptors and agreeable clay during this workshop! Looking forward to seeing you next time!

During the next Sundays you’re more than welcome to join the Creative Rendezvous about Sonia Delaunaycollaging and tribal art.

Looking forward to share my passion with you!

Creative Rendezvous: Discovering Eduardo Chillida | March 18, 2018

On March 11th I’ve started the Creative Rendezvous series. The first event was dedicated to the links between the inner necessity, impressions that music evokes in us and visualizations of those in line with the Wassily Kandinsky Synthesis of Arts.

This upcoming Sunday, March 18th we will dive into exciting and mesmerizing world of Eduardo Chillida, a Spanish Basque sculptor notable for his monumental abstract works.

Chillida (1924 – 2002), known for his massive and abstract sculptures that concentrated around the human form, actually preferred to be called a “realist sculptor”. There is a lot of movement and tension in his work and we will look into his sketches and graphic work, that often became the prototypes of his sculptures. He was a great master of using both, the positive and negative space. We will do some exercises that tap into technique Chillida often used as a step towards making 3D sculptures.

We will talk about the dialogue Chillida was engaged with Heidegger, a prominent German philosopher, about Art and Space. What is the relationship between emptiness and space and how sculpture is ’embodiment of places’.

And of course, we will explore his works and way of thinking in a more practical way!

Looking forward to challenge your notion of space this Sunday! Join the fun! Find your ticket here.

During the next Sundays you’re more than welcome to join the Creative Rendezvous about Sonia Delaunay, collaging and tribal art.

Looking forward to share my passion with you!

 

Creative Rendezvous with Kandinsky on March 11, 2018

The Creative Spring of 2018 started out this past Sunday with the workshop on Wassily Kandinsky, where we talked about his very interesting performances: “Pictures from an Exhibition” and “Yellow Sound”. We talked briefly about his theoretical approach to arts and his Synthesis of Arts ideas.

It was a great pleasure to host the event in such a nice company! Here are some photos from the workshop and hope to see you this Sunday, March 18th, when we will be diving into the intriguing world of the Basque abstract sculptor, Eduardo Chillida. Grab your ticket here!

Creative Rendezvous with Kandinsky

This Sunday, March 11, 12.00-15.00 I’m hosting a Creative Rendezvous session where we will be discovering fascinating world of Wassily Kandinsky.

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 I 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.

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!

Warm welcome!

Book your ticket here

Let The Creative Spring Begin!

This spring I’m inviting you to revitalize yourself in a creative and artistic way. During the series of 2-3 hour workshops you will be able to create your own art and no previous experience is needed for it.

I have selected three different artists who fascinate me personally, but also allow plenty of room for exploration, imagination, experimentation and taking creative risks.

We will explore the works, main guiding principles and different techniques, such as contrasting, paper cut-outs, collaging and relating color and form to music, from the following artists: Eduardo Chillida, Sonia Delaunay and Wassily Kandinsky.

I will offer a short introduction, some images for inspiration and simple exercises that will allow you to create your own masterpiece! And of course, tea, coffee and light snacks 🙂

We will start with exploring the pioneer of the modern abstract art, Wasilly Kandinsky on March 11th, continue with introduction to Basque sculptor, Eduardo Chillida on March 18th, spice up with wild colors by Sonia Delaunay on March 25th, play around with images and forms during collaging session on April 1st and dive into the tribal patterns on April 8th.

All sessions start at 12.00 at our new creative space – Rhizom Gallery
Bregnerødgade 10, 2200, Copenhagen

You can find the full schedule and book your tickets here.

And here is a special treat – 50% off any session with the code: CREATIVESPRING-2018 – so either, bring a friend or book two sessions for the price of one! I’m looking forward to seeing you and being creative together!

Warm welcome!

Anna Sircova

Creative Time Studio

Creative Rendezvous workshops – Spring 2018

Happy to announce the new series of Creative Rendezvous workshops this spring. Will be looking forward to seeing you and being creative together!

Indulge your inner artist

These 2-3 hour workshops are designed to serve as a window into a different reality, a few hours just for yourself, away from usual stress, uncertainties, routines and give you an opportunity to zoom out, to do something different or something long forgotten, but enjoyable and invigorating.

We will experiment with color, create our own tribal patterns, explore positive and negative spaces, make collages, encode music in visual forms, etc. We will make art like Wassily Kandinsky, Eduardo Chillida and Sonia Delaunay among others.

I would like to offer you:

  • time to get together with your inner creative and a few other like minded people and do something fun and inspiring
  • time to discover some of your hidden talents, get in touch with your inner Kandinsky or maybe Hemingway..
  • time to get into the creative flow and extend the present moment
  • time to take a break, breathe, be with yourself and dissolve in your dreams and then continue with new energy and focus

Creative Rendezvous is the time for you!

It is the time to create and discover!

These workshops are a wild mix of art-history, making art, mindfulness techniques, theories and approaches of positive psychology, personality psychology and creativity development.

The next scheduled session you can see in the bottom of the page – in the Eventbrite schedule. Please register in good time – places are limited: maximum 10 participants.

All materials are provided. No previous knowledge in any of the techniques or mediums is needed.

Tea, coffee and snack is offered during the workshop.

Workshops will be held at our new creative space, at Rhizom Gallery at Bregnerødgade 10, Copenhagen, Denmark 2200

Visiting the Bauhaus Archive, Berlin

Although currently the exhibit at the Bauhaus Archive is really limited due to reconstruction, I had really good time exploring the philosophy of that school. The exhibit still gives a good overview of the main works and thoughts of Gropius, Klee, Kandinsky, Oswald, Brandt, Moholy-Nagy, Itten, Brener and others.

The overall approach was to combine art and technology. The new designed objects had to be defined by their nature. There were two main questions posed to students: What do you want to express? And What would be the best material to do so? A lot of attention was paid to the attributes of the material, finding the balance and saving the material – using what’s at hand to facilitate the inventiveness of students.

What struck me the most was the wholesome approach of the education. For example, Johannes Itten in his preliminary course was working with relaxation, breathing exercises and rythmic exercises – he believed that rythm through the breathing is the basis for all artistic creations. And he worked to develop a whole person to release the creative energy. “Art has to be sensed”.

With my two architect friends we then joined the workshop and created some Bauhaus-inspired hats and other art work.

If you’re interested to learn more – join one of the Creative Rendezvous workshops in Copenhagen during March and April 2017.

Creative Rendezvous series – March, April 2017

This spring I’m inviting you to revitalize yourself in a creative and artistic way. During the series of 2-3 hour workshops you will be able to create your own art and no previous experience is needed for it.

I have selected three different artists who fascinate me personally, but also allow plenty of room for exploration, imagination, experimentation and taking creative risks.

We will explore the works, main guiding principles and different techniques, such as contrasting, paper cut-outs, collaging and relating color and form to music, from the following artists: Eduardo Chillida, Sonia Delaunay and Wassily Kandinsky.

I will offer a short introduction, some images for inspiration and simple exercises that will allow you to create your own masterpiece!

Dates:

March 12 – Discover Eduardo Chillida

April 2 – Discover Sonia Delaunay

April 9 – Discover Wassily Kandinsky 

Time:

12:00-15:00

Address:

Prinsesse Charlottes Gade 16 , 2200 Copenhagen N

Price 315 dkk 

Make art like Eduardo Chillida at Creative Rendezvous

“10 things I could’ve done, but didn’t” or what to do with the self-blame

During the last session of Creative Rendezvous I included a prompt from Austin Kleon’s “Steal Like an Artist Journal”: “10 things I could’ve done, but didn’t”. My own immediate reaction was that I couldn’t come up with what to write, and managed to list three things. During our discussion, it became evident that actually this prompt can easily move into self-blame and regrets domain. This got me thinking what would be a more constructive approach instead?

Eventually I managed to complete the list and after analyzing the answers I came up with the following strategy how to deal with it, how to prevent self-blame and have a more positive outlook when evaluating the answers.

Divide your answers into four groups:

1. To celebrate – maybe it was actually good for you that some things on your list did not happen. For example, if you’re working on quitting smoking, then saying “I could’ve smoked a cigarette last night after that beer, but didn’t” is great, it’s an achievement – celebrate that, compliment yourself on it!

2. Still to celebrate (+/-) – the outcome generally is more on the positive side. For example, “I could’ve spend more time and finalize the article, but instead I went to bed early” or “Could’ve taken more photos during the session, but got totally engaged in the moment and forgot”. The issues mentioned in the “I could’ve done” part are “nice to have”, but overall outcome is still positive. The “didn’t” part has a positive quality to it, something positive, energizing, valuable happened instead. The “nice to have” part can be looked into further – is it something that you should work on or it’s ok as it is?

3. To act on – a group of issues that you would like to act upon, for example “I could’ve done more yoga”, “I could’ve listened to those classes I bought on Creative Live” and there is no continuation to it, there was nothing else with the positive outcome that you did instead. First of all, see how many of those you have in relation to the previous groups. Then weigh them. Do those things bring you closer to your dream, to your “true north”? Ask a follow up question: “If I spend some time doing this next week, will it bring me closer to my dream?” If it will, then that’s an item to act upon. And if not – it goes to the last group:

4. Not to pay attention to.

If still not sure where to start and which issue to choose to work with, then answer these questions for each item (inspired by one of the exercises in Julia Cameron’s book “Way of Artist”):

– Does it cost money or is it free?
– Expensive or cheap?
– Alone or with somebody?
– Job related?
– Physical risk?
– Fast-paced or slow?
– Mind, body, or spiritual?

This should help to make a decision – which is the issue that you would like to act on in the nearest future. Evaluate your calendar – how often can it happen, when exactly?

Schedule it in, make it happen and enjoy it!