So I’ve been living a citizen’s income for 8 months now. The research question is How has that affected my practice?
It has given me the opportunity to step back and refocus. Some ‘making’ themes have emerged:drawing, yoga and gardening.
In terms of the how of it, increased capacity, flexibility, responsiveness are words that spring to mind. I found an old book “The Natural Way to Draw” by Kimon Nicolaides, with exercises in speed drawing, and took myself out and about to practice – a novelty as I’m usually a fan of slow drawing. This is an exciting departure, but note to self: I haven’t got beyond exercise 2 in 3 months.
There is space to fail when you separate earnings from work done i.e results. I’ve also noticed I feel more relaxed in collaborative settings and can commit to the shared process more fully.
There is energy to push through with things -American minimalist Robert Morris said that is what art is. In my tenement block, it’s taken three months to get the four closes and 32 flats to agree to (modest) gutter and roof maintenance work to preserve the repairs from two years ago. But looking forward, the benefits of this investment of time will be substantial and multifaceted.
There is the time to fully commit, rather than do just enough to keep the plates on the sticks.
Thanks from the support of Heather Fulton (based at Woodend Barn, Banchory) and the Creative Producers project at Creative Scotland, I can continue the experiment for another five months, till March 2017.
My state pension has just started! Though not the full amount , it will be a welcome cushion. Pensioners as a group could be considered a live experiment in citizen’s income.