The artist Monique Besten was the first to respond to our call “What gets your Creativity going?”.
Her answer was simple “This is!”.
The call itself inspired her.
Funnily enough, a few month ago Monique got my creativity going with her blog post exercise in being here -711 steps. Having read her post, I spontaneously decided to walk the 711 steps. It didn’t take me far. Just across the square I am living at, right into the shopping mall that is the commercial heart of the neighborhood. I took this photo which to me had some symbolic value. (Or perhaps I just liked the blue color). When I told Monique about my 711-steps-walk on Facebook, she immediately responded with another project:
I love the “AKTION!”. […] What is also nice (but takes more time) is to walk the exact number of days you are old on a specific day, I did that for a while and then photographed where I ended up. Mmmmm, how about doing a small project where I walk the number of days you are old and you walk the number of days I am old on the same day and see where we end up? And what that might tell us about the other? It takes a few hours though…. (Monique Besten on my Facebook page, 14-3-2015)
I’ve started walking Monique’s age and I am discovering Vienna on the way. It is exciting.
Some of the motives I found I might set in music later.
In case you want to do the same with a friend and/or creative partner, you will find a date duration calculator at this link. If you walk one or both of Monique’s beautiful “exercises in being here”, let us know about it and share your experience in a comment, pingback a blogpost from your own blog or submit a photo to our community tumblr site.
Happy creative walking!
The featured image is from my wandering Monique’s age in Vienna: A graffiti at the underground station “Rennweg”.