Making Space: A Workshop offers a chance for artists from all media to become thoughtful about how to make space for art, in art, and as art. The workshop moves from making space for inspiration to allowing space for interpretation, and, in between, offers strategies for making and manipulating space. These strategies include how to make spaces feel vast (whether a musical moment or a narrative nudge), how to make them feel confining, how to curve space in matter or in time, and how to make a two-dimensional space appear to have three dimensions.
Space shapes each of our life experiences: they can be inviting or prohibiting, infinite or infinitesimal, engaging or estranging. We spend most of our lives passively occupying the pre-made spaces provided for us, unthinkingly shaped and informed by them. Art empowers us to recreate contexts in ways that make space for our own voice–and for others who may be unheard in the status quo.
Because we experience art, we experience it in terms of its space. We perhaps recognize this most readily in painting, sculpture, theater, or dance–but literature and music also require and recreate spaces. All art shapes how we experience space even after we leave the site of the art’s occurrence.
The workshop begins by addressing how many artists stifle creativity by demanding art rather than cultivating it—and how to overcome creative blocks by making space that allows art to emerge naturally. It then moves to understanding how to make space by discussing how strategies for making space developed in one art form (music, painting) can be applied to another (poetry, dance). The workshop concludes by emphasizing how to make spaces for audiences to inhabit, inviting interpretations that will thus serve to inspire new art.
This workshop is part of Englert Wavelength: Deeper Learning Through the Arts, the Englert’s arts education series featuring workshops and learning opportunities for youth and adults.
About Daniel Boscaljon:
Daniel Boscaljon is an agnostic theologian, literary critic and humanist celebrant by education and has worked as an educator and community organizer in Eastern Iowa for the past twenty years. In addition to writing and publishing scholarly and creative works, over the past five years he has also cultivated a reputation as a cultural critic through a series of reviews and interviews of artists, published locally. This year, in conjunction with the Green Room, he has created and moderated a series of public forums under the umbrella of “Coffee with Dan.”