Mistakes and the Process of Making

QUESTIONS TO YOURSELF

Ask yourself these questions applying them to work you’ve already done or to work you are about to do. Or even they could be used on other people, seminars, etc.

  • have I made this work with the attitude of it being an experiment?

  • what am I trying out? what is my intention in this experiment?

  • do I already know what the result is going to be before I start?

  • what have I discovered that I didn’t know before?

  • in which elements do I see the new developments?

  • what appeals to/ interests me in this piece that I can take and use to try to resolve in the next one?

  • am I engaging with the work, wanting to know what will happen if…?

  • is it challenging me? Where is the challenge?

  • is the object/situation controlling me? (getting carried away with technique so you feel you’re busy, wasting time with self-imposed tasks you know are avoiding the right path, etc…) or am I in control?

  • do I feel fear? In which elements do I see the fear? What can I change to get away from that state of mind? What could be my next intention to concentrate on so I don’t focus on the fear?

  • am I judging myself or thinking that others are? What can I change to get away from that state of mind? Have I forgotten focusing on my intention?

  • am I trying out or doing too many things in one go? How can I simplify my experiments? Perhaps I could make several pieces out of this too complex one?