With so much discussion, interaction, reflection and emphasis on process, I wondered if my thoughts and actions could be random. Perhaps not. Maybe all this talk about processes have left the deepest, emptiest crevasses in my mind filled with processed thoughts… What I thought were random thoughts, images…well anything that came to mind….werent actually random. Is process in design akin to say processed food? Devoid of spontaneity and freshness? Perhaps thats too random an analogy to draw simply because the phrases sound similar with words to match.
Kelli Anderson’s genius with her disruptive wonder, is a bandwagon we would all like to join. Its a comforting thought to consider that perhaps with defined process in place, this is actually possible to be done by anyone. But is it really that simple?
Its much more complex than we think it is. Its a way of thinking which if we manage to implement deep in our psyche, could prove to help us with, in our context, design solutions. Yesterday I was watching the documentary, ‘Exit Through The Gift Shop’ the Banksy film, where Thierry Guetta, the self-proclaimed film-maker, originally a clothes store owner, develops this habit of carrying his video camera wherever he goes, filming anything and anyone that he comes across, anywhere and everywhere. He films hundreds and hundreds of hours of footage of street artists and their art in process. And he never watches his footage. It simply goes into a storage box where it is kept in sequence. I found it interesting that his process of filming and storing in this manner came from his childhood experiences, when as a young boy he lost his mother. That she had been ill for the longest time, was an information that was kept away from him. He regrets the moments of time which could have been spent together which was now lost to him forever. So, when he chanced upon the video camera, he began to record every minute of his interaction with life. He did not want to miss out on even a second.
I found it intriguing how Thierry Guetta had his own personal process which developed from his own personal experiences. Are more of these kind of directions in process out there? Stories of people doing things that they never themselves would analyse as process. However, interesting stories about different ways of approaching process that shed light on the fact that process need not just be about a linear or non-linear process that is listed out in a book or jotted down on a piece of paper or shared on a forum. It can also stem from a personal experience or perhaps, who knows, a cultural tradition….