WELL. It’s been a little over a year since wefoundnothing was conceived and launched and we thought that now would be an appropriate time to take stock of what we’ve done, update you guys with our own process, reflect, and set up our gears for the next year. We have consolidated a bunch of thoughts into 5 not-so-short points.
wefoundnothing set out with the very broad (and admittedly vague) mission of supporting and producing creating (as a process) and encouraging those who create. This mission still holds. wefoundnothing still very much holds on to the active doing and commitment to doing work in order to work towards doing good work.
Over the past year, we’ve heard the following comment/question several times: “Actually, I don’t know if you’d be interested into looking at this because I don’t know what you want”. Let’s try to define the parameters a little bit and we’ll try our best to be less wordy and ambiguous. Who do we want? What do we want?
We’re don’t want to review, promote or advertise portfolios. We don’t claim to be an authority of Anything and we have little intention of making bank (ha) unless it can be used to spur creating and creating peoples. We want people who keep creating because they love it, because they want to, because they can, because they have to… just because.
We are not all that interested in the product except in relation to its accompanying process and how one engages with their work, how one’s work engages beyond itself. We are interested in people who are committed to learning and exploring and experimenting and actively DOING - Not sitting down with with 4 years of coursework in their laps, arms crossed and mouths open. We want to see you do good work - or at least, do the work that leads you to make good work. Devotion is valuable thing. We appreciate your devotion. What we also appreciate is your participation and interaction with each other. To borrow a lesson from Diana Taylor’s research on the Nahuatl - “making is the currency of participation” and we want you in on it.
All that said, we are still very happy to hear from all of ya’ll, to see what you guys are up to, whether or not the content is “appropriate” for this weird little project log here. As you can see, criteria is actually very loose. We just want to know what’s going on. LET US BORROW YOUR EXPERIENCE!
Whew. Okay, the rest are shorter, promise.
This part is the most tricky and important because, duh, it’s the bulk of what we’re attempting to achieve.
For one, some people take their process of creating very personally and don’t even want someone else in the room sitting there when they’re trying to work. It’s like having someone watch you while you pee… or so we hear. We respect everyone’s process and never enter uninvited. How then can we share the stop motion production of one’s work? Should we just leave everyone behind their curtains till they’re ready to unveil what they have? How do we get people to value process?
And of course, there is a huge problem of HOW to document all this material and constellations ya’ll provide for us in a way that is engaging for all of you. We are well aware that we have a lot of words. Such as this post.
We definitely need to obtain more equipment to help achieve this goal (hello 21st century) and we plan to start tiny focus discussions on how to document outside the real of the written (typed) word. We’re working on it. If anyone would like to be on this discussion, please don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who’ve been visiting us from the start, ya’ll know that our posts are pretty irregular. This is because (i) we have our fingers and toes in other commitments, and (ii) it’s not always to find the ‘right’ people whenever we want, and even after finding them, post it up like magic.
All that said, we are aware that irregularity can be really annoying. So in the upcoming year, we are hoping to be more consistent, even if it means fewer posts over a span of time.
4. Being Social
OH MY GOD WE ARE ON FACEBOOK.
It’s been interesting trying to figure out who what where how when etc etc to post, on Any social media platform. We have on an inch-worm schedule of having a tangible pool of followers. Sometimes, facebook tells us some of our posts have VIRAL readers! Somehow that makes us excited.
Of course, we are tumblr fans too and have found lots of cool people via the tumblr.
So… Hip hip hooray to socializing! On the interwebs! Hopefully by working on point #2 as we go along, even more cool things can happen.
5. Misc Stuff
A few things:
Troutman Sessions: For those who don’t know this, the Troutman Sessions “series” is now retired. Mostly because our location has since shifted. But we’re pretty happy with what we’ve managed to capture, and hopefully we can find a new assemblage of jammers. We’ll have to see what happens.
Haiku Hantam: is to be revived! Just not quite yet. It just needs a little bit of sitting on at the moment (and not just hantam-ing) soooo stay tuned.
Our own work/projects: The goal is to produce or help produce more work of our own. Slowly, but surely.
Thanks for reading. Thanks for taking the effort. We appreciate you.