Greetings to you, your friends and your family! Hope you are doing well. It’s about four months already since I started my long-term sabbatical as Petervan Productions.
Lucian Freud Working at Night, 2005 Photo by David Dawson/ Private Collection
A quick update:
- Artschool continued at +/- 9 hours per week practice in the art studio of the art academy. Getting nudged by my coach to do more focused image analysis, and be more concentrated and relaxed. Pretty happy of these two recent paintings.
The Containers” and “The Drama” – Petervan artwork Acryl on cotton canvas stitched on wooden board – 122 x 82 cm
- During Jan/Feb 2017, I spent some significant time writing the script for the performance “Tin Drum Is Back” (see details below).
- I visited some great art exhibitions and had some very pleasant conversations with art curators.
- I am still reading and making plenty of notes that may end up in some blog post or essay soon.
A couple of updates on the performance
Imagery from Günter Grass film “The Tin Drum” Used as part of the briefing for designers
What is it?
- A 45 min “one-man” trans-media show and experience, possibly in episodes
- With only authentic, original and self-crafted visual artworks, soundscapes, poetry, and staging
- High quality end to end production from invitation till post event
- Showcase for 21st century corporate narrative to enable deep change
What is the narrative about?
- A journey through maturity levels of change agents
- Discovering the unexplored talents ànd barriers for real change
- Delivered as a number of vignettes for different change agent archetypes
- Each vignette has a “what is/could be” stage, going deeper and deeper into the change agent persona, making the change agent more vulnerable, but also more open for high quality connection
- The ambition is to resonate with the audience at an aesthetic non-cognitive quality, to make deep connections, and sending an invitation to create deep change together
What’s next for the performance?
- Funding and sponsoring (sponsor deck available upon request)
- Overall sensory identity (detailed designer briefing ready)
- Build, iterate and dry-run the performance
- Location scouting for the performance
- There is a load of material ready to move into produce now, but it’s going to take more time to get this funded and delivered with the high production quality standards envisaged from the start.
- The performance “Tin Drum Is Back” is now targeted for end June
Scouting - La Fabricà – Refurbished cement factory by Ricardo Bofill
Petervan Productions ambition update:
I have fine-tuned a bit the ambition of Petervan Productions from “to architect and create high quality feedback loops to enable immersive learning experiences and deep change” into “to architect and cultivate high quality feedback flows to enable immersive learning expeditions and deep humanistic change”.
That may feel like semantic detail, but I think it is not. It is the result of an iterative process:
- Scripting the performance “Tin Drum Is Back” has been somewhat cathartic in the sense it is a further reflection on where I come from, where I am, what I am meant to be. It makes me think deeply about what is the essence of Petervan and Petervan Productions. The performance feeds back into the ambitions of Productions and the other way around.
- I feel grateful for some high quality conversations on “deep change” with a private collective of thinkers, experts, artists, designers, and curators during Jan and Feb 2017. Those discussions may lead into some body of work articulating what we mean with “deep change” and what are the levers and accelerators to make that sort of change happen in organizations of all kinds and sizes.
- I was deeply influenced by Jean Russells latest book “Cultivating Flows. How Ideas Become Thriving Organizations” (Amazon Affiliates link) which I strongly recommend.
So, what’s next?
During March – April 2017, the plan is to work on:
- The production aspects of the performance (see above)
- Build and expand the collective of leaders, visionaries, artists, craftsmen, designers and producers
As you can notice, I am still relatively well focused. One of the tricks is to use the Morning Monk Style:
Between when you wake up and noon:
no meetings, no calls, no texts, no email, no Slack, no Internet.
You instead work deeply on something (or some things) that matter.
In the meantime, I kindly reject any requests for consultancy, speaking engagements, etc. I have 1-2 leads that want to work with me as their architect for immersive learning experience events. But I am not in active prospection mode.
If there is something worth reporting, next update is for May 2017. Looking forward to hearing from your latest adventures as well.