Imaginarium by daniel j kirk and Katie Green
On a whim, on a dare, on a lick and a prayer I applied for the cSPACE Creative Incubator Initiative.
I GOT IT!!!
(Put in any superlative you care to. “Cow” will do.)
Yesterday we began. A fantastic team of filmmakers (MY DREAM!), business brand guru (PREACH BROTHER!) and a host of artists (MY PEOPLE!) will journey for five weeks redefining and fine-tuning our individual approaches to our art forms in this new world of pandemic challenges.
I am pumped. My project will feature video clips of new works promoting my fourth book, soundscaping, visuals from Calgary artists to support the words and voice over to bring home my stories into a new format .
Today mama got into the actual birthing room, the theatre---gorgeous. Welcomed by the encouraging eyes (even though masked) of CEO Deeter Schurig, I was led by Erin Maclean-Burko (weaver of possibilities/patient provider of everything) and the technicians Juan Hertado and Branden Boyd (gentle/kind/masters of buttons and stuff that I pretend to understand) to survey the digs.
Soft natural sunlight from large south facing windows contrasted with beautiful black curtains that could easily cocoon me into my creative incubation.
I was encouraged to wander after this welcoming crew left my gibbering.
I DO talk when I am inspired…nervous…energized…vulnerable…ignited…happy.
So, I wandered.
The space spoke to me.
Murals, sculptures, rooms and more rooms for artists...studios....think tanks....shops……
“You are with US now,” it all seemed to say.
Heart beating fast, I drove off taking the long way home. It wasn’t just the pot of coffee I drank before I got there. It was that my secret wish to expand my artist voice was finally unfolding.
Matthew O'Rielly's "Navel Gazing" from "Conehead and the Floor, cSPACE