This web page will log notes from previous Virtual Tea Breaks (run during the Covid crisis) – to acts as reference for those who weren’t able to attend.
Immortal Bloom (10th April)
Immortal Bloom would like to invite you to explore techniques on how to re-purpose, rebuild and recycle an abundance of material collected from the weekly shop. Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, it is a good time to get our nuggins together and think outside the box as craft materials become scarce and we start to lose the plot.Waste is not necessarily wasteful, it just has not been re-imagined yet so this is to enable an organic way of crafting.
Immortal Bloom’s practice uses Circular economy principles to make their work fromwaste in ways that are sustainable and can be further used for the creation of organic sculptures. They would like to bring their experiences in plastic sculpture and responsive technologies to online platforms and invite you to assist them through a stay at home style of working.
How can the Timebank best help? (8th April)
The session walked through an outline of key areas the Timebank to look at key areas to refresh on the website.
Money (3rd April)
- People are still researching what monies that they can access
- Most contracts offered to artists (freelance and also employment contracts) are now in doubt
- Ideas which have been long dormant are surfacing as people have time
- We discussed an early stage idea of a project bringing together personal immunity and societal waste and aimed at school kids (Key Stage 2 & 3) and ended up having a bit of a peer crit:
- what’s the narrative,
- how to keep it simple,
- what is the Minimal Viable Product (MVP) to get funding for it,
- where might funding come from,
- do we need to have a new form of legal constitution to access funding, etc?
- The creators are already connected into Science of Biology expertise and educationalists who can feed into this research process (this will be covered in more detail in next Friday’s tea break)
- A review of the trial phase of the tea breaks identified that people liked the themed opportunity to R&D ideas led by members and also the opportunity to check in with each other to make sure people are connected and can ask for help if needed.
Tea & Tolerance (1st April)
In response to the crisis, the Tea & Tolerance team have converted the existing interactive social game ‘Being Human: the Conversation Game’ into a format which can now be played online.
Those attending trialled the new digitised version to allow the creators to better validate it worked effectively.