Hannah Lowry - Unit 5 Reflective Document 17/18

Section G

Evaluative Report

The two aims for this project, in my view, were to practice successful collaboration as well as have a successful process in order to get to the final installation. A misconception among many artist from a variety of different practices is that the end product is more important than the process and journey we undertake to get to the end product. This is not true. The process is what offers us a chance to engage with one another and expand ideas, 'if it's not about the interaction of people, it's about nothing' Roznowski, R. and Domer, K. (2009). Collaboration in theatre.

Our group came from a plethora of pathways. Costume, Set Design and Technical Arts and Special Effects. This diversity gave our group a wide spectrum of artistic capability and allowed for wider thinking. Our outcome was not limited by lack of skills since between us we were able to utilise almost every workshop on campus. Maybe the most important part of our group was our ability to communicate with each other, 'perhaps our first subject was always this inadequacy of language' Etchells, T. (1999). Certain fragments so we endeavoured to use other means of communication such as drawings, diagrams, moquettes and any other visual means we saw fit. We believed as a collective that 'language cannot express what it seeks to describe' Etchells, T. (1999). Certain fragments and so made use of every resort we had to communicate our thoughts and ideas to a reality other group members could understand, interact with and add to. On reflection this was one of the strongest elements of our group, communication through more than just speaking. We were also a very open group, we listened to every idea 'of course, this does not mean you have to agree with every idea. And certainly each idea merits different amounts of consideration, BUT, don’t dismiss anything. That particular idea may blossom into a great discussion, leading to a revelation concerning the production.’ Roznowski, R. and Domer, K. (2009). Collaboration in Theatre. This process of sorting through every possibility helped us gain a stronger team approach to cutting non-starters and finding the ideas that were worth developing as opposed to only having one idea and therefore only ever having one experience of developing one idea as a collaborative unit. Exploring all possibility gave us a strong sense of group dynamic as well, we worked out who was good at what and used peoples strengths. For instance some people were useful for knowledge of the electronics we planned to use and some were better at the fabrication of the wooden plinths. Everyone had a role to play, no one was left out or un-used by the end of the project. 

Something I largely took on was an extract from Collaboration in Theatre 'Record them and then watch and critique yourself.'Roznowski, R. and Domer, K. (2009). Collaboration in Theatre. This quote inspired me to record our group conversations and listen to them back to critique how I interacted with the group from their perspective. I wanted to be contributing the best I could as well as getting along well with my other partners and this proved useful. I also used these recordings of conversations to reflect on everyones ideas and find new idea and extra thoughts to add to the ideas talked about in meetings. I then shared the recordings and my thoughts to open another dialogue that promoted further group discussion.

Overall I feel my understanding of what it means to collaborate successfully has been improved by this project, I also think my contribution as part of a creative team has been good. I was able to have many successful interactions that resulted in a lot of new ideas forming and was also able to listen and take on board others ideas and opinions. As a group I believe we were very successful, we used our strengths together to go through the process of collaboration and have ended with a good journey and instillation. 

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