Growing and showing

8 philosophies for experimentation

As I prepare to embark on this adventure, curious and playful like a young puppy (but without the peeing and hopefully with more experience), I am thinking hard about the way I want to approach things.

Combining attitudes and lessons learned both from working as a designer and my own artistic practice over the last few years, here are my philosophies for experimentation:

Curious and open

Always seek new information and follow threads (you never know where you might end up).

Be curious and interested in people, anything and everything. Be open to new possibilities and things previously unimagined.

Push outwards to be challenged and grow

Be constantly playing with new mediums, tools and techniques across art, games and immersive. Embrace the fear. That’s where the magic happens!

As the great David Bowie once said “Always go a little further into the water than you feel you are capable of being in. Go a little out of your depth and when you don’t feel your feet are quite touching the bottom you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.”

Play don’t produce

Allow myself to play and make with no purpose other than exploring something new. Explore different ways to convey an idea. Remember, experiments can lead to happy accidents.

It will be shit, but keep going.

Hey life is one big experiment that we fail at all the time and that’s how we learn.

Widen the horizon for inspiration

Look to adjacent creative fields such as theatre, stage design and prop-making for inspiration, approaches and techniques.

Force unexpected connections

Multiple and varied projects widen the learning and help surface themes. Expose the work to see patterns and new connections. Use ideation techniques to force wider and unexpected thinking. When you think it’s done, try 10 new ways!

2, or 3, or 4 heads are (almost always) better than one.

Find likeminded creators exploring new technologies and learn by collaborating. A roadmap of longer term and short term projects provides a combination of deep and fast.

Share my work and process, warts and all.

Be open to feedback, new ideas and most importantly, new collaborators.

As I prepare for this journey of exploration, collaboration and no doubt many wrong turns and failures, I invite you to react from the sidelines and share your knowledge and experiences….

Emma Smith

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