‘What are you going to do?’ is a FAQ at the beginning of a residency, my answer: I don’t know. And whilst some people feel I should, it’s heartening how many understand that until I have got to know some local folk – and something about the place – it’s smarter not to pick an idea out the hat.
But sessions have begun – materials bought – and I’m exploring ways to introduce ‘making/thinking/talking’ as legitimate session content. People think better – and more visually – if their hands are busy with something… anything. Afterwards, sitting with coffee & note-book, mulling over our conversations, I try pulling together elements most suggestive of a direction of travel.