Dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers, writers, comedians, photographers, and so many more. Any discipline. Any age. Any location.
Founder and Director
Harper Addison | Founder, Director, Community Member
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Dancer, choreographer, dance educator.
Ask questions. Explore deeply. Collaborate. Be loud. Listen. Build community.
Who: Artists and creatives of any kind. Professionals, closet creatives, weekend warriors. Any art form, any medium, any creative act.
What: We are an online community of people who create.
Where: Anywhere in the world.
When: Anytime. One prompt per week is posted. It’s your choice when to create and share. The power is in your hands.
Why: We all need a little push to get started sometimes. You’ll find inspiration, community, conversation, and accountability. The best part? We go wherever you go.
How It All Began
The Iteration Project began with the need to connect with others and to be accountable to a continued creative practice. With a recent move away from one of the nation’s big dance communities I found more space and freedom to create but less community to create within. So I began thinking of ways to connect with friends and colleagues around the world.
Why couldn’t we have a community of creatives that neither depends on nor requires physical presence in the same location, that holds members accountable to a creative practice and challenges them to expand, explore, and amplify their voices? We are fortunate to have the technology that makes this possible and our hope is that no matter where you are or how you create, you can and will be a part of this and share yourself with all of us. Welcome to The Iteration Project.
How It All Works
The key for creativity is to continue to create, everyday. Repeatedly creating to build a practice of art. Pruning, refining, and building vocabulary for a deeper practice. Asking oneself to expand explorations. And, most importantly, simply making something when you have no idea where to start, where to go, or how to continue. The beginning can often be the hardest part. Walking into an empty studio alone. Finding the first question to ask that opens the door to new explorations. The list goes on about the difficulties of beginnings.
The Project is structured so that once a week a new prompt will be posted. These prompts are designed to create the beginning for you with no pressure to continue beyond the first creative act. Use them however you want. The goal is simply to create and to share.
After 75 weeks of short, get-the-juices-flowing work, we thought it was time to dig a little deeper. This month we’re challenge you to create a #bodyofwork. The idea is to spend the month creating based on a single thought or for one particular work you want to develop. Weekly prompts will still go out and you …
At the beginning of the year we announced some exciting news for 2018. Each month this year we’re posing a new challenge or opportunity for TIP community members. January was the #15daychallenge of creating something for 15 consecutive days. This month? We’re matching you with another artist outside of your community, giving your conversation a …
In the Fall of 2017 The Iteration Project community was commissioned by Helen Hansen French and Lauren Slone to be a part of BEACON: A Performance Series for St. Pete. To say we were excited about this would be an understatement. The project, which you can read about here, would involve the entire community in …