Danny Shine “Everything is Ok”
Now, I have been on a networking mission lately, a quest if you will, because if I have taken one thing to heart from our classes so far, it’s the importance of networking physically and virtually. In the last few months I have come across several opportunities for creative work, none of which I would have encountered had I not been on said quest. One has been the opportunity to compose and work sound production for “Imagine a Spectacle” A theatre production by a former MACE graduate Rafau Sieraczek at The Space in London.
This years production is based off the ideas of Occupation. What occupation means politically, physically, and mentally. How an artist, musician, performer, activist, and everyday person responds to space and their relationship to it. The show involves a combination of modern dance, parkour performance and film, interviews with Tony Negri an Italian political activist with a great interest in occupation, and a discussion with Danny Shine at the Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park.
I had the opportunity to meet Danny in Hyde Park for a tech rehearsal the week before our opening performance. After we had solved our technical issues, we took a walk down Oxford Street so he could show us different methods he uses to “Wake Up London” and get his message across. We entered a couple stores while Danny held up a sign saying “Everything is Ok” and watched how the managers and security personnel of said establishments reacted to our being there. All I can say is the reaction was not good, and far more dramatic than you could ever expect. It was definitely interesting to see how people react when something disrupts their daily routine.
The experience has certainly been one to remember, and has come about solely through my mission to network with as many creative people as I can find while I’m here in London. Through this opportunity I have also met several other creatives with whom I can see collaborations with in the future. The social media focus I’ve gained through the Design Thinking Module has really advanced not only my contact book, but my awareness of the creative opportunities that are out there. I would strongly advise any student to really focus on their internet personas, and take advantage of the opportunities that can arise through their virtual connections.