This month I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a few particularly disruptive creatives. After his high octane, hallucinatory talk at Us By Night, I talked to Joshua Davis about a potential cover collaboration. A few days later he sent us 150 files the size of small galaxies, which me and art editor Mark Wynne proceeded to lose ourselves in for the following fortnight. The results, I hope you agree, are beautiful, challenging and fun.
At the same event I sat down with the Dutch legend Erik Kessels — author of such playful books as Failed
It! and Enjoy A Day in the Life of Dick. Head to page 19 for a taste of the man’s thinking. He strongly believes the importance of making deliberate mistakes to discover new creative solutions; to strive to bring your vulnerability into your work to ensure it has personality. In short, disrupt your natural instinct to always be certain, always right.
A third disruptive flavour came from meeting Zach Lieberman, a ‘code poet’ who features in our 15 Game Changers feature this issue. I love how much of his work involves producing non-traditional representations of the human form, with the very core of his output being about community and collaboration.
‘Being disruptive’ may conjure notions of punkish petulance, subverting rules to simply get attention, but as we discover in the main feature, it can be so much more productive, healthy even. A disruptive approach to work can, at the very least, help you produce something new. At best, it can make you fall in love all over again with what you do and why you do it. BEREN NEALE Editor [email protected]turenet.com