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info_outline Alex McLean – creating communities and interference patterns 08/29/2019
Alex McLean – creating communities and interference patterns Alex McLean is a well-known artist, musician, researcher, and coder based in Sheffield. He is the creator of Tidal Cycles, free software for writing music, and is one of founders of live coding and the algorave phenomenon.
info_outline Creativity Clinic 21: Four ways to keep motivated in an age of freelancing, procrastination and the gig economy 08/26/2019
Creativity Clinic 21: Four ways to keep motivated in an age of freelancing, procrastination and the gig economy The world has changed since I last talked about motivation. More than ever, we're addicted to devices, addicted to YouTube, addicted to interrupting and derailing our thoughts – addicted scuppering our plans in favour of a quick hit!
info_outline Creativity Clinic 20: One creative branding tip, and how I'm rebranding this podcast! 08/22/2019
Creativity Clinic 20: One creative branding tip, and how I'm rebranding this podcast! I used to think that branding was about coming up with the story we'd like to tell, but now I think it's more about uncovering the story that's already there. In this special extra-long Creativity Clinic, I talk about a practical technique that has helped me to work on the Hack Circus podcast brand in the run-up to the next series of this show, and give some hints of what's in store.
info_outline Nathan Geering – accessibility innovation through beatboxing and b-boy dancing 08/15/2019
Nathan Geering – accessibility innovation through beatboxing and b-boy dancing Nathan Geering is a dancer, teacher and innovator known for his work with visually impaired people. He has created dance that's accessible for visually impaired people to both watch and participate in, and has begun to develop a beatbox shorthand system as an alternative form of audio description for movement. Nathan was the Artistic Director for the Special Olympics in 2017. We discuss how a kung-fu background helps, plus how technology contributes to depression, how he overcomes fears + more.
info_outline Creativity Clinic 19: The value of paying attention in an attention scarce world! 08/08/2019
Creativity Clinic 19: The value of paying attention in an attention scarce world! The world is a rough place at the moment. One easy way we can improve it for ourselves and those around us is by upping the quality of our interactions with people. If we really listen, if we really read emails etc, we will set ourselves apart from most others. It creates a global paucity of interactions, with everyone imagining they've got the measure of the next person, and don't need to bother listening anymore. Give quality time and you'll get quality time back.
info_outline Creativity Clinic 18: The waiting game – gambling on the big gigs 08/04/2019
Creativity Clinic 18: The waiting game – gambling on the big gigs If you've had some success in the past, it's not because you kept gambling on high stakes gigs, it's because you kept producing quality stuff. If you find yourself waiting back on a load of promises, I recommend putting the things you can't work on yet out of your mind, and using the time to develop yourself positively. It's the tiny changes you make to yourself and your life that will have huge effects down the line.
info_outline Maggie Nolan – 'Applied Improv' for consultancy and corporate workshops 08/01/2019
Maggie Nolan – 'Applied Improv' for consultancy and corporate workshops Maggie Nolan is a consultant and trainer, bringing techniques from improvisation practice into businesses. She launched her agency Start With A Yes over a year ago, combining years of experience of teaching and performing and applying them in a fresh context – to business. In this chat we discuss the improv scene in the UK, how long-form improv works, and the range of reactions to 'applied improv' – particularly when it turns up unexpectedly in your office. We also chat about the differences between teaching children and adults to "yes, and", some of the many problems improv can solve in corporate workspaces, the triumphs and struggles of women in the comedy world, and more. Start With A Yes (Facebook) Start With A Yes (Instagram) Applied Improvisation (Wikipedia) iTunes link HC on Spotify HC on PlayerFM
info_outline Creativity Clinic 17: Prioritising Ideas 07/29/2019
Creativity Clinic 17: Prioritising Ideas This week I take on a listener's question about prioritising ideas: how do we decide what's most important? Is it better to do dig into one big thing or skim lots of little ones? In this short episode, I suggest it might be all about values, explain why I'm not really an artist, and consider how long-term working can be off-set by complimentary 'slight' ephemeral work. I also draw on the wisdom of previous HC podcast guest, Nadia Kamil. Get in touc with your questions!
info_outline Sara Green – choreographing science 07/25/2019
Sara Green – choreographing science Sara Green is a dancer, choreographer, movement director and film-maker. She's collaborated with artists and other performers across theatre, film, fashion and dance. Her recent work includes Richard Ayoade’s vignette for Radiohead, short film The Entertainer starring Toby Jones, and Anita & Me, a world premiere for the Birmingham Rep. In this chat, Sara talks about the differences between working with dancers and non-dancers, and explains how she communicates movement to actors who don't have a dance background. We also ponder ways of embodying science through movement, discuss Sara's history and unique physicality, and talk in particular about the Manchester International Festival commission she's created, Superposition. This is a bit of a Manchester International Festival special. Sara's commission is a response to an MiF installation by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Atmospheric Memory. Sara's website Superposition video Libsyn link iTunes link HC on Spotify HC on PlayerFM
info_outline Creativity Clinic 16: Time and Art 07/21/2019
Creativity Clinic 16: Time and Art This week's question was about how artists deal with time: do we let the available time decide how 'big' a project is; is that a valid constraint? How do we understand the value we place on time, outside of the monetary value our society attaches to it? And what about our lifespan, health-span and energy-span? How do these incredibly persuasive influences affect things? I have a go at tackling some of these issues in this short episode. Look out for the interview episode as usual on Thursday, and do send in any questions or ideas for Creativity Clinic episodes: firstname.lastname@example.org Hackcircuspodcast.com
info_outline Ben Moor – clever and funny storytelling in one-man shows 07/18/2019
Ben Moor – clever and funny storytelling in one-man shows Ben Moor is a seasoned and innovative storyteller with multiple Edinburgh shows under his belt – mostly one-man shows. Ben's work is sensitive and often surreal, as he challenges the audience to follow him on journeys through worlds peppered with delightful ideas. We chat about Ben's shows, the benefits of doing Edinburgh runs, how the Fringe has changed between generations, where ideas really come from, how to learn lines, and more. We also leaf through his enormous file of ideas. Ben's website Ben's showreel Libsyn link iTunes link PlayerFM
info_outline Creativity Clinic 15: Wellbeing and Making 07/15/2019
Creativity Clinic 15: Wellbeing and Making Making and wellbeing are linked. While it's known that making things improves your mood, I argue here that you can't make yourself make stuff until you feel like you have some energy to spend. Getting creative improves an already OK mood, but it's hard to start, especially if you've been battling problems that drain energy and make any kind of extra activity seem impossible. If we can push ourselves to think slightly differently, we're building new pathways in our brain and demonstrating hope.
info_outline Sophie Rochester – digital storytelling and the welldoing movement 07/11/2019
Sophie Rochester – digital storytelling and the welldoing movement Sophie Rochester is a creative entrepreneur of significant standing, appearing on numerous lists of top business people in her industry. She is known for grasping the nettle, always being one step ahead of industry trends, and taking her ideas in bold and ambitious directions.
info_outline Katie Day – Making innovative theatre 07/03/2019
Katie Day – Making innovative theatre Katie Day is the Director of Birmingham-based theatre company, The Other Way Works. She creates exciting and innovative experiences for small, highly-engaged audiences, and often deploys technology in interesting ways. Her work often uses the real world as the set, with productions set in hotel rooms, car parks and even the audience member's home. Katie's latest production, A Moment of Madness, will be showing at Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) from the 2-4 August.
info_outline Creativity Clinic 14 – Inspiring books 07/01/2019
Creativity Clinic 14 – Inspiring books What kinds of books give us ideas? Do we even get much emotional inspiration from books at all? This first Creativity Clinic of the new series is a personal reflection on some of the things I've read that I've have influenced my work, and which, sometimes many years after reading, I still draw strength and inspiration from today. Please send in your questions or ideas for Creativity Clinics to @hackcircus on social media or email@example.com
info_outline Adam Tandy – making TV: the Detectorists; Inside Number 9; the League of Gentlemen 06/27/2019
Adam Tandy – making TV: the Detectorists; Inside Number 9; the League of Gentlemen Adam Tandy is a TV producer, director, writer and much more, working on some of the best shows and with some of the top stars of our era. We discuss some of the joys and challenges of making the hugely successful Reece Sheersmith/Steve Pemberton series Inside Number 9, as well as The Detectorists and the League of Gentlemen anniversary episodes. We also ponder what the tone of comedy is, in the late 2000s, and the impact of social media on storytelling.
info_outline Luke Jennings – Killing Eve author, dance critic, former dancer 06/20/2019
Luke Jennings – Killing Eve author, dance critic, former dancer Luke Jennings is the creator of the hit TV series Killing Eve, about the mutual obsession between an MI6 agent and a female assassin. He was also, until recently, the dance critic for The Observer newspaper, and worked as a professional dancer in his youth.
info_outline Hazel Findlay – elite rock climber and coach 06/13/2019
Hazel Findlay – elite rock climber and coach Hazel Findlay is a top professional climber, constantly touring the world in search of new adventures and breaking records. In recent years she has been working as a coach, helping climbers of all abilities to overcome their fears and progress to the next level.
info_outline Tom Tobia – consulting creatively 06/08/2019
Tom Tobia – consulting creatively The Hack Circus podcast is back with a bang after an enormous break of two years! The star guest this episode is Tom Tobia – a creative entrepreneur based in Sheffield. We cover the origins of an organisation he helped to found, Makerversity, his principled drive, and the way he approaches consulting with the range of businesses he works with. We also exchange some thoughts about creativity – how it arises from constraints, its relationship to failure, and why people should embrace a more open-ended approach to planning. Tom's website: http://www.tomtobia.com Tom's new project: https://www.anewfield.org/
info_outline Creativity Clinic 13 – How to make things frequently 01/30/2017
Creativity Clinic 13 – How to make things frequently If you want to get stuff made regularly, get your duty on and work out who you're doing it for. In this episode, Leila addresses the common misconception that creative work always has to follow on from an urge, or desire. She explains why you can never put your hopes in motivation – it won't stick around. Get a routine, and do it for someone else, and you'll stand a chance of getting to done. If you enjoy Hack Circus, don’t forget to rate or review on iTunes, or just tell a friend about it! And remember to check out Hackcircuspodcast.com In between episodes (uploaded every Thursday) you can glimpse behind the curtain by following us on Facebook (hackcircus), Instagram (hackcircus), Twitter (hackcircus) and Snapchat (can you guess?). Enjoy!
info_outline Creativity Clinic 12 – How can you be creative on the road? 01/23/2017
Creativity Clinic 12 – How can you be creative on the road? How do you get inspired in the least inspiring circumstances? I answer a listener's question about staying creative even when exhausted and miles from home, this week – bringing in a mixture of my own experience and reading, as ever. If you enjoy Hack Circus, don’t forget to rate or review on iTunes, or just tell a friend about it! In between episodes (uploaded every Thursday) you can glimpse behind the curtain by following us on Facebook (hackcircus), Instagram (hackcircus), Twitter (hackcircus) and Snapchat (can you guess?). Enjoy!
info_outline Emma Bearman – The Willy Wonka of Leeds 01/19/2017
Emma Bearman – The Willy Wonka of Leeds Emma Bearman founded Playful Leeds – now Playful Anywhere, and is the proud proprietor of the Playbox, a shipping container full of surprises, entertainment and imaginative potential that turns up in public spaces all over Yorkshire. Emma also founded The Culture Vulture, the very successful magazine site rounding up the best of the Leeds arts scene. In this chat, we find out about the challenges of facilitating a vision of this scale on your own, how play relates to disobedience, and where the drive to create playful spaces comes from in the first place. https://vimeo.com/68169045 (Urban Mischief video, with the diving board etc) https://twitter.com/PlayfulAnywhere http://www.playfulanywhere.co.uk https://theculturevulture.co.uk/ https://uk.linkedin.com/in/emmabearman http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/why-robots-are-set-to-take-over-leeds-1-6037956
info_outline Creativity Clinic 11 – Why you should create experiences, not just have them 01/16/2017
Creativity Clinic 11 – Why you should create experiences, not just have them A short but packed episode where I explain why you should create, rather than simply drink up experiences; why you may not be using your community to the full (but feel like you are) and why our constraints really do set us free. To discuss any of these ideas and more, get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org, or on social media (@hackcircus and hackcircuspodcast on Facebook). You should also check out the weekly Creativity Clinic newsletter: leilajohnston.com/newsletter which delivers tips like these straight to your inbox every Monday, bringing actionable advice for your creative week ahead.
info_outline National Fairground and Circus Archive – meeting the showmen 01/11/2017
National Fairground and Circus Archive – meeting the showmen This week I meet showmen and fairground archivists at the National Fairground & Circus Archive in Sheffield, and learn about the fascinating and community-minded history of travelling show people of the UK. https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/nfca Lionel Bathe's photos of fairgrounds https://patcollinsfunfairs.co.uk/ Anthony Harris (Youngest wall of death rider in the world, in the 1940s)
info_outline Creativity Clinic 10 whats worth protecting 01/09/2017
Creativity Clinic 10 whats worth protecting We need to look closely at what we're trying to protect, about ourselves, whenever we feel fearful of making big steps in our creative lives. When we really examine the anxiety, it often turns out to be a case of building a wall around a part of us that is in fact, totally dispensable. There's plenty more of us where that came from! We can take a few hits! Find out what we should really be protecting instead, in this short Creativity Clinic episode. If you enjoy Hack Circus, don’t forget to rate or review on iTunes, or just tell a friend about it! In between episodes (uploaded every Thursday) you can glimpse behind the curtain by following us on Facebook (hackcircus), Instagram (hackcircus), Twitter (hackcircus) and Snapchat (can you guess?). Enjoy!
info_outline Neil Mullarkey – Improv for everyday life 01/04/2017
Neil Mullarkey – Improv for everyday life Neil Mullarkey is known as one of the Comedy Store Players – the famous long-running improv troupe with their own theatre in central London. He also works with brands and businesses, helping the corporate environment to benefit from the agility of improvisational thought. In this fun chat we discuss (among other things) Neil's creative background, a comedy career that started as President of the Cambridge Footlights, his old double act with Mike Myers, the benefits of improv, and the careful systems put in place to make improv work in a theatre – and on TV. http://neilmullarkey.com/ http://twitter.com/neilmullarkey
info_outline Creativity Clinic 9 – Why you cant care and share 01/02/2017
Creativity Clinic 9 – Why you cant care and share To share your work and reach a wider audience, you have to be prepared to relinquish some of it. Leila explains the problem and suggests some ways to do this more effectively, in this short episode. If you enjoy Hack Circus, don’t forget to rate or review on iTunes, or just tell a friend about it! In between episodes (uploaded every Thursday) you can glimpse behind the curtain by following us on Facebook(hackcircus), Instagram (hackcircus), Twitter (hackcircus) and Snapchat (can you guess?). Enjoy!
info_outline Mike Kewley: Mindfulness and Reality 12/29/2016
Mike Kewley: Mindfulness and Reality Mike is a mindfulness teacher based on the Isle of Man. Mindfulness and meditation are portrayed as serene but it can also be a serious confrontation with the self which brings a raw, often brutal, truth to the surface. We discuss the reality of mindfulness – processing negative emotions that rise up, the positive breaking down of the self, how to properly watch your self, and how to find the courage to let go. Mike has had his own fundamental consciousness-expanding experience, which we also discuss in this episode. Mike's website is: MyFreeMind.org and you can find him on twitter at MyFreeMind_IOM