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Hello. I’m Jacob Sam-La Rose. I’m the author of Breaking Silence and Communion. My working hours are distributed between poetry, literature in education, experiments with creative technology and community architecture. I exist in a number of different places online— this site serves as an aggregator, an overview of the various different strands of my web-based activity. Get in touch if you’d like to know more about any of my work.

The Calm Company, Jason Fried— Signalvnoise.com. Thinking a lot…

The Calm Company, Jason Fried— Signalvnoise.com. Thinking a lot about work practice as a freelance creative professional in the arts, a sector that’s pretty much shored up by above-and-beyond efforts— budgets are often lacking and human input (time, attention) is a too-easily undervalued resource. I’m particularly mindful of these issues, working in association with a range of other larger companies and institutions, and thus always in danger of falling foul of multiple, overlapping unhealthy work cultures. The unincorporated are left to fend for themselves. Time to squad up?

Goldsmiths Unislam squad, and the trophy for Unislam…

Goldsmiths Unislam squad, and the trophy for Unislam 2017’s Highest Scoring Team. Salute. (at CURVE theatre, Leicester)

Busy but rewarding week. Shared the stage with Rachel Long…

Busy but rewarding week. Shared the stage with Rachel Long (pictured), Shade Joseph, Seraphima Kennedy, Will Harris, Arinze Kene, Theresa Lola and Inua Ellams at Inua’s RAP Party (Shoreditch House) on Thursday evening. I performed at a couple of the early events in the series (Albany? Southbank?) and it’s great to see that it’s continued to run for so long. I presented a poem I wrote that same afternoon between facilitating student tutorials, after challenging one of my students to focus on possibilities rather than limitations when approaching writing deadlines. The poem references cassette tapes, Boogie Down Productions and the London Posse, because what’s a Hip-Hop night in London if we don’t reference British Hip-Hop? (at Shoreditch House)

Tate Exchange Pumphouse project, soon come… (at Tate…

Tate Exchange Pumphouse project, soon come… (at Tate Modern)

The Producers (S02 E01: Meeting With Emerging Producers)

The Producers (S02 E01: Meeting With Emerging Producers)

The Producers (S02 E01: Meeting With Emerging Producers)

The Producers (S02 E01: Meeting With Emerging Producers)

“Why are we always so busy?” Annette Krauss via…

“Why are we always so busy?” Annette Krauss via http://siteforunlearning.tumblr.com

Bonnie Friedman on the importance of keeping a notebook, via…

Bonnie Friedman on the importance of keeping a notebook, via Image Journal.
https://imagejournal.org/article/the-discipline-of-the-notebook/

Bonnie Friedman on the importance of keeping a notebook, via…

Bonnie Friedman on the importance of keeping a notebook, via Image Journal.
https://imagejournal.org/article/the-discipline-of-the-notebook/

Bonnie Friedman on the importance of keeping a notebook, via…

Bonnie Friedman on the importance of keeping a notebook, via Image Journal.
https://imagejournal.org/article/the-discipline-of-the-notebook/

“All of the variables which discriminate between creative…

“All of the variables which discriminate between creative and non-creative people are motivational.”— Cognitive Processes in Creativity, John R. Hayes

From Making Your Life as an Artist, Andrew Simonet

From Making Your Life as an Artist, Andrew Simonet

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Tunisia, Hammamet Conference: the person currently speaking is…

Tunisia, Hammamet Conference: the person currently speaking is someone I went to school with. Haven’t seen him for 20 years and we just happened to bump into each other here. He’s the Chief Information Officer and co-founder of a leading e-commerce software as a service company. Apart from the serendipity of bumping into an old schoolmate, the difference between our sectors stands as an example of the range of delegates and leaders that the conference has brought together… Visions for better futures, political and economic reform through engagement, meeting citizens’ needs to overcome inequality, “arts and culture” as a driver of change, social innovation and entrepreneurship, and more, all under this roof.

When all else fails, the sea remains. Wrapped up a project…

When all else fails, the sea remains.

Wrapped up a project today in Saltburn. Carmen Marcus and The Book of Godless Verse— powerful, innovative work, with really strong potential future developments in performance, digital and print formats. Looking forward to what comes next. (at Saltburn Beach)

Notes from a Barbican Poetry workshop in response to The Gulch…

Notes from a Barbican Poetry workshop in response to The Gulch (Bedwyr Williams).

1: I use Post-It notes a lot more in workshopping these days.

2: Post-It notes and crossover/cross-pollination of perspective. As facilitator, I can supply stimulus and turns, twists or embellishments, and largely that’s been my role in the room. But what more do you gain when you can draw upon the poetic faculties (ways of seeing) offered up by all the people in the room, particularly when we’re all observing and responding to the same thing?

3: The challenge here was to collect images, fascinations, questions and titles (for poems as yet unwritten) evoked by the exhibition. Then to select a note that someone else had added to the table to include somehow in the next draft of your piece. Or to write the piece suggested by a marriage of two or three notes from the table.

4: Your turn. Pick one, two or three of these notes. Use them as stepping stones (with thanks to the poets who authored them), but fall in the river as you go. Write.

The Origin of Magic

The Origin of Magic:

I’m currently running a few scripts on my laptop that add a few random notes to my daily task list for me to review. The notes are drawn from a folder of my own plain text journal entries, logs and drafts of poems or potential blog posts, but also from a few of my Evernote notebooks. As a daily practice, it’s proving to be a rather excellent way to refresh my memory of things that I’ve archived, to experience again the value of those bits of knowledge or thinking, and/or to consider some old writing in a completely different context. I may bore you with the technical details in another post, but today, serendipity served up a note I’d made a year ago that has peculiar significance to a meeting I’m going to have later his afternoon, and also the above linked Macdrifter post from 2014, which simply made me smile.

I’m enjoying the idea of engineering more opportunities for serendipity and good fortune in my everyday routines, and it has to be said— technology (even the kind of lo-fi tech I’m cobbling together at the moment) so often feels like magic.

Just finished: Creative Mornings, London. Stefanie Posavec on…

Just finished: Creative Mornings, London. Stefanie Posavec on the weirdness of information design and hand-drawn data visualisation. Yes. (at Second Home)

Interfaces Monthly— listening to Patrick Tresset talk about…

Interfaces Monthly— listening to Patrick Tresset talk about generative art and building/programming robots that draw… (at The Trampery)

via The Eighty-Eight (“an adventurous magazine for the…

via The Eighty-Eight (“an adventurous magazine for the occasional thinker.”)