Now here’s the excuse for the long gap between posts. Flow Associates has been really busy in recent weeks, developing new projects and winning new work. There are too many to mention, but here are a few highlights.
One we’re excited about is developing online learning resources for the Stanley Kubrick Archive, recently acquired by the University of the Arts (London). http://www.arts.ac.uk/kubrick.htm On our first visit we were taken aback walking into a bright white and red symmetrical space age set, something like from Space Odyssey. This is the new building at the London College of Communications designed Kubrick-style. They’re not ready for public visits yet, but it will come. I’m excited about this job as Kubrick was an exemplary ‘creative researcher’, perfect inspiration for a learning model based on creative enquiry.
Another great project is for the Public Catalogue Foundation, http://www.thepcf.org.uk/, developing an Audience Development Plan for an ambitious project called Your Paintings. The aim is to democratise access to all the paintings that are publicly owned across the UK, through a website and a real-world programme. There is plenty of opportunity for interactive and Web 2.0 features.
We’re also really pleased to be working for the Hunterian Museum (Royal College of Surgeons) http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/index.html on their Exhibiting Difference project, which is funded by the HLF for Abolition 200. This project is inspired by two portraits of slave children with piebaldism, and includes an exhibition called Visible Difference opening July 2nd. It is highly focused but has potential to open up discussion and creative responses across several subjects.
One more to mention for now is developing a ‘creative community vision’ for Telegraph Hill. This phrase comes from the Centre for Creative Communities and this article about the future of work http://www.creativecommunities.org.uk/newsletter/#update. I liked the phrase and felt it summed up what we’ve been trying to achieve in our locality. Flow has been helping with fundraising and I’m organising an event called Hillaballoo, celebrating views and visions of the Hill. http://hillaballoo.wordpress.com/
More about our work is on our website http://www.flowassociates.com/
I happened upon a review of this blog, which was complimentary and pleasant, but which pointed out the gaps between my posts, the personal nature of some of my posts and the lack of comments from readers. It made me think again, as I’d always conceived of this blog as personal, simply a log for my thoughts when I have time to write them up, a log that I don’t mind other people seeing. I don’t try to boost traffic and I don’t think of myself as any kind of journalist. I think the reviewer had a point though. I think the way to overcome these flaws is to share the ownership of this blog with one or two other editors with similar interests and aspirations. So, if you’re interested in turning this into a lively blog with regular posts, one that begins to invite comment and debate, send me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org