Here is a video on brainstorming in a group. you can also do this on your own.
your mind map can be messy. messy is great especially as you start to make links on the page
Find and Plant Keywords
Reflect on the mind map and develop keywords that sum up your project - these become seeds that you can use to grow your research
One example of a search Oppression + Flag + Contemporary art brings you here (use the image search 😉)
Answer the questions: What is my project about? What techniques/ processes am I interested in ? Who/what am I looking at in this project? Who is talking or making about these ideas ? Whats the historical background? What do other cultures think?
I need to search for references for my ideas - how and who?
If you are working on a creative project ; find three artists who use strategies and approaches you admire, collect images and reference details of their work - if you can find an artist statement or some writing about the work - this is helpful - aim for contemporary artists then also look back in time - or work the other way around what ever suits you.
Into the Virtual garden - Online Searching
google search using your keywords
try a keyword + your discipline name ( art + bananas )
to map ideas and images and keep files handy for other assignments and projects
Aristotle and others who practice building skills and understanding talk about the importancentance of taking a break - to lean back - sit in the garden and take in what is growing and how it is growing - what is thriving ? What needs pruning?
A Digital Sabbath is the practice of unplugging from all technology for one day per week, with the aim of increasing social connectedness and mitigating stress and burnout by decreasing our overuse of technology.
4. Pruning - Convergent Processes ✂️
Enjoy a variety of ways to prune and fertilise ideas
...Once a sufficient number of ideas have been explored, convergent thinking can be used. Knowledge, logic, probabilities and other decision-making strategies are taken into consideration as the solutions are evaluated individually in a search for a single best answer which when reached is unambiguous.
After a little reflection - you can work out what is the most important part of this research for you
What is impossible to leave out ?
Inital drafts can include material that repeats unnecessary