“If you can accomplish your dream all alone, your dream is too small.” – Unknown

I have got something up my lab sleeve. A project that features two of my favorite things– creativity and collaboration.

I have a very strong conviction that Synergy & Collaboration are major keys to success for individuals and especially for communities and the human species as a whole. Everything becomes possible when we work together.

So we are cooking something up in the Catalyst Arts Laboratory… recipes and prompts and games and structured invitations to get people connecting and creating… in an Interactive Arts Co:Laboratory area we are producing at a large New Years Eve party in SF– Sea of Dreams.

The last couple years I have pulled myself in away from the super social party party scene to focus on my various creative and entrepreneurial projects. When I do go out, I often feel some crucial ingredients lacking in the default party template equation… participatory engagement and depth of sharing and breaking out of the solo dancing and familiar friend clusters and actually seeing who is at the party and what they bring to the table in the big scheme of things… and though some networking and alliance building does happen, I always find myself wanting to encourage it and make it more efficient and accelerated. For a few months I hosted Synergy Laboratories in Oakland where artists got together to create and explore co-creation.

Sea of Dreams has given me the chance to test my theories and a produce a playground to invite synergy into. Because this is a part of the event producers intention for the party- (and I quote)
We have always viewed the nature of partying as something highly individual and highly interactive. We extend that to weave all kinds of analog and digital directions, environmental and visual artforms into one long night’s DIY journey of potent possibilities.”

So Erin Fairy will help to create the blacklight lounge and a silly mini puppet show stage, Brodie and Dusty of Liquid Vault will be our interactive VJ’s, Hunter Boucher will capture the whole thing in photographic snapshots, and others are stepping forward to paint faces, create honeycombs to colaboratively paint, and to be technicians & facilitators.

If you are interested in contributing to this event, or to the conversation– please reach out and add your artistry to the collage.

QUOTES on Synergy & Collaboration & Such

“Coming together is a beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success.”

Henry Ford

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upond the shoulders of giants.”

– Isaac Newton

“It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin