Crafts as Replacement for the Lack

In the beginning the initial idea of my project was to create a 360 documentary which shows the process of making and people talking about their crafts and why they are doing what they are doing. Because craftsmanship is broad word which include various areas of hand work I needed to narrow it down so it includes only four or five people for example but still cover the essential and important parts.

That is how the idea of ‘alchemy tale’ came to live – my decision was to base the story line on the elements fire, water, air and earth which were going to be represented by techniques or materials each element is involved in the process of creation. At that time, I was interpreting it on very superficial way – fire is involved in wood burning art called pyrography; water is involved in water colouring and especially in the art of marbling – ebru; air is used in the ancient beautiful art technique of glass blowing; and earth is mostly included in modelling and sculpting with clay (and other earth materials).

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The Festival – Post Mortem

‘The creation of a single world comes from a huge number of fragments and chaos.’

– Hayao Miyazaki

The opportunity of being involved in something important and impactful is a rare event into one’s life but when it happens it is a must to be recognised and act upon respectively. East Winds Film Festival will mark such moment in my subjective experience and I feel honoured for being a part of its organization. The whole preparation and execution is rich in emotional nuances, successes and fails, a crash between expectations and reality, an amalgam of nerves and excitement and a lot of field work and learning during the process. This mix was generously flavoured with time sensitiveness and setting realistic goals, being reasonable and resourceful. At the end of the day, it is true to be said that in order to experience something beautiful one should overcome few disappointments.

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Between the Insecurity and the Opportunity

Although I have never written a dissertation I imagine it is different in many ways in comparison to the project I have been working on. I imagine that one who writes a dissertation is aiming to deliver the whole meaning and purpose of it ready for consumption by the one reading it.

But are the words most concrete form of communication? I doubt that the intention we put when saying something is the very same thing that is perceived on the other side; even if one is explaining with examples, generalisations and data there still are subjective factors which are going to influence the understanding in the process of making sense of one’s work.

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EWFF: Freaking Out?

‘Fear is always triggered by creativity, because creativity asks you to enter into realms of uncertain outcome. This is nothing to be ashamed of. It is, however, something to be dealt with.’

That’s it! We are counting the hours left until the start of the festival and the feeling is amazing! A few months ago everything began with modest strategy plan which had changed, and transformed, sampled in different shapes and forms to become film festival’s decoration contributing to the overall atmosphere of the event. Looking back at my participation from the beginning it become more and more personalised and personal, because I was involved with something related not only to my skills and competences but also close to my subjectivity and way of expression. With every project I am realising the impact which craftsmanship may have, designing those little details which are not seen as essential but can compliment the event in beautiful manner.

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The Down Side Of Quantifying The Self

‘real change will happen in individuals as they work through self-knowledge … of one’s body, mind and spirit … a rational [path]: unless something can be measured, it cannot be improved’ (Kelly, 2007).

[…] On one level, self-quantification transgresses the mind–body split; however, it also places the mind firmly in control. In this binary, the mind determines rational knowledge and quantification. The body (and ‘spirit’) is a passive object of this process, subject to being improved, whether they like it or not (Moore and Robinson, 2015).

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The Affective Response in the Process of Making

A recommended reading on ‘Affective methodologies’ by Britta Timm Knudsen and Carsten Stage brought some though material about the affect in contemporary cultural researches and possible new ‘forms of knowing as embodiment’. The attempt to define the challenges the authors start from a statement by Lisa Blackman saying that in contemporary cultural theory, ‘The solidity of the subject has dissolved into a concern with those processes, practices, sensations and affects that move through bodies in ways that are difficult to see understand and investigate.’

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EWFF: The Creation

‘Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.’

So the East Winds Film Festival is in less than 10 days now… Excitement. Nerves. Excitement.

No more planning, strategies, trials, models, etc. It is time for The creation. Time, effort, attention to the details, persistence, patience, time management – you name it and you can probably find it in the videos below. When crafting comes with distribution it changes the process of creation, it takes more and it becomes meaningful.

The last few days felt like learning to swim in a sea where each wave brings either more tension or more passion and it was up to me to synchronise my body and mind if I wanted to achieve the best results. My eyes were tired and my fingers hurt but there is no such instant gratification when one sees how the effort takes bunch of raw materials to give birth to something beautiful, when one can feel what it is like to be a creator.

Excitement. Nerves. Excitement…

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