More information about The Iteration Project can now be found at www.theiterationproject.org
ITERATION | NOUN | The action or a process of iterating or repeating: as a procedure in which repetition of a sequence of operations yields results successively closer to a desired result.
The ideas behind this project were manifold. It began with the need to connect with others and to hold myself accountable to a continued creative practice in the studio. With a recent move away from one of the nation’s big dance communities I found more space and freedom to create but less community to create within. So I began thinking of ways to connect with friends and colleagues around the world.
Why couldn’t we have a community of creatives that neither depends on nor requires physical presence in the same location, that holds members accountable to a creative practice and challenges them to expand, explore, and amplify their voices? Well, this is not a unique or novel idea and we can have that. We are fortunate to have the technology that makes this possible and my hope is that no matter where you are or how you create, you can and will be a part of this and share yourself with all of us. Welcome to The Iteration Project.
The key for creativity in my life is to continue to create, everyday. Repeatedly creating to build a practice of art. Pruning, refining, and building vocabulary for a deeper practice. Asking oneself to expand explorations. And, most importantly, simply making something when you have no idea where to start, where to go, or how to continue. The beginning can often be the hardest part. Walking into an empty studio alone. Finding the first question to ask that leads you to more. The list goes on about the difficulties of beginnings.
The Project is structured so that once a week a new prompt will be posted. These prompts are designed to create the beginning for you with no pressure to continue beyond the first creative act. Use them however you want. Let me repeat that, use them however you want. The goal is simply to create and to share.
Who? Anyone and everyone is welcome. Professionals, closet creatives, weekend warriors. Any art form, any medium, any creative act.
What? This is a community of people who create. It is built on the premise that you can create anything anywhere and share it with everyone.
Where? Anywhere in the world.
When? One prompt per week will be posted but it’s your choice to create and share whenever you want. Once a month, once a year, every week. It’s up to you.
Why? Creating in isolation is difficult. Communities provide inspiration, encouragement, and accountability. We’re building that community here.
Do the prompt. A new prompt will be posted every week. Create whatever you want, however you want using the prompt as a jumping off point. If you want to be notified when new ones are posted you can check back here, sign up for our newsletter, or follow along on Instagram
Share your creation. The goal is to create a community based on conversation. That conversation begins when you share. Share whatever you want via social media, being sure to tag @theiteraitonproject on Instagram and use #theiterationproject wherever you post. You can also send videos, writings, thoughts, pictures, etc. to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will share them here.
Create the prompt. Ideas for new prompts are encouraged and welcome. Please send them to email@example.com.
Here’s to you, wherever you are, and the creativity that lives within. Welcome to the community.