where do performance ideas come from? where to start?

like most things in life, i cannot answer this in full. and i cannot answer it in short. so, what i will do is grab some coffee and attempt to give you some kind of insight into how the fuck to make work.

the sun, the leaves, the mind, the caterpillars, the winding endeavours of your parents DNA that you hold in your fingertips are all places where performance ideas can come from. they are also starting places. one thing that is also certain about these is that they are all big. massive. these things are all such big ideas and starting places that you are going to need a tip.

think of any of your initial ideas as THE MAXIMUM.

yep. they are the maximum because they are large. they are weighty and hold a lot of information already. information that you may not be aware of yet. information that needs to be delved into, explored, judged, made opinions of, let go, sieved, refined, redefined in your mind and then plop wow you’re at stage two of the tip.

so basically, stage one of the tip is a realisation. a realisation that your initial idea is THE MAXIMUM. because it’s massive. you couldn’t possibly start with such a massive idea. it needs to be simmered down, taken off the excitement overload boil and you need to take your favourite singular piece of rice out of the idea water and name it THE MINIMUM. that’s next. choosing your minimum.

THE MINIMUM is a specific and special aspect of your initial idea.

an example of this may be:

1. i want to look into technology
(has the realisation that technology as an idea is a MAXIMUM since technology as a subject area and idea is very large)
2. i want to focus on how people behave with the cameras in their mobile devices.
(for some reason this is your special focus and therefore your MINIMUM)

so your minimum is the piece of rice you take out of your idea water and all the other pieces of rice are other minimums that you are deciding to ignore because you just really love your chosen piece of rice.

getting to the minimum may be hard. it takes research, it takes enough guts to actually choose something and say “OKAY THIS IS THE ONE”. and once you’ve said such mighty fine words (words that i’m now going to refer to as the ‘call into making art work battle words’) you want to delve into your minimum and find another maximum.

this ‘another maximum’ is not the same maximum that you started off with though, so don’t be fooled or confused or even put off of by this tip. the second maximum comes from your MINIMUM. the second maximum is what you discover is inside your minimum. it’s the exploration of your minimum. it’s what you find out, it’s further research, it’s your process within your minimum, your relationship with it, you know.

finding this second MAXIMUM is a journey. you’ve chosen your piece of special rice and you’re going to put it under a microscope and find that it’s made up of many things. maybe you will enjoy this inspection. maybe you’ll regret choosing such a piece of rice and want to dive back into the idea water to choose another piece. but do not! keep with it! and if you’re enjoying it; good for you.

so to summarise, i guess, here’s the previous example developed:

1. i want to look into technology
(has the realisation that technology as an idea is a MAXIMUM since technology as a subject area and idea is very large)
2. i want to focus on how people behave with the cameras in their mobile devices.
(for some reason this is your special focus and therefore your MINIMUM)
3. my focus on ‘how people behave with the cameras in their mobile devices’ and I are going through a process. we’re learning. we’re discovering. and I’m going to use this well refined focus to create work (another MAXIMUM)

I hope some, if any, of that made sense to you. But, basically, MAXIMUM > MINIMUM > MAXIMUM.

It’s like that idea that we all have a universe inside of us, yet we do not realise the universe inside of others. just ourselves. or something like that.
your ideas are the same.
little rice universes. with galaxies inside.

GO EXPLORE.