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Unmapping: Charting New Pathways to Creativity

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Blog – Unmapping: Charting New Pathways to Creativity

Posted on July 14, 2017 by Ella Condon in Creative Learning. View Comments

HOW DO WE TRANSLATE SOMETHING THAT IS MOVING, IN FLUX, AND POTENTIALLY NOT VISIBLE IN VISUAL FORM? YOU MAY CHOOSE TO REPRESENT SOMETHING FROM YOUR IMAGINATION.

Ella Condon


Was there a time where you noticed light flickering in a magical, beautiful way? Where it reflected off a building or surface and created a marvelous rainbow? In water when it glimmered or shimmered? A feeling of its warmth or depth of colour? How do we translate something that is moving, in flux, and potentially not visible in visual form? You may choose to represent something from your imagination.

It’s been an incredible experience working on the first Unmapping: Charting New Pathways to Creativity, a unique collaboration between Sydney Story Factory and MCA Learning.

I began working on this project at Sydney Story Factory’s homebase in Redfern and met students from Plunkett St Primary School and Canterbury Boys High School in May to share my art practice. Prominent to this artistic project was my creative process which formed the backbone of a journey together with these students over two months. The students created their own creative writing pieces which paralleled my own artistic process. I shared my research practice around the notions of time and experiences of light.

The creative thought process expressed by the students when posed with conceptual and abstract ideas around my research immediately engaged me. When asked initially to brainstorm what they felt ‘could not be measured’, students spoke of love and sadness as they felt there was no scale or way to quantify the depth or complexity of them. When asked to brainstorm what might be beyond their visual imagination, students discussed places where distance potentially never ended, and the depths of space.

The students have produced creative writing works which were published by Sydney Story Factory. Producer of this project is Matt Roden, Creative Projects Manager at Sydney Story Factory in partnership with Cara MacLeod, Manager of Student and Teacher Engagement at MCA.

Plunkett Street Primary School students sitting in front of Ella Condon's artwork

Plunkett Street Primary School students sitting in front of Ella Condon’s artwork, Light Leaks 2017

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Ella Condon

Ella Condon works as Lead Artist Educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art. She holds a Master of Fine Art (Research) from Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University and Parsons, The New School of Design New York. Her practice is engaged with experimental and expanded forms of photography, video and installation. Her works have been shown in a range of locations including the Manhattan Bridge, Underbelly Arts Festival, Casula Powerhouse and Liverpool Street projections. http://ellacondon.com/

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