June 1st and 2nd, 10 artists representing at least 7 different disciplines came together to share ideas and collaborate on the shape and vision for the art farm's upcoming flagship festival SYNCHRONICITY. First day was spent detailing the long and winding road that led all the artists to their respective careers and creative obsessions, along with a brainstorm on ideas for the audience journey which will be the main attraction at the festival. Audiences will be led on a "one-of-a-kind" journey through the farm and surrounding forest with the goal of leaving everyone, artists and audience alike, open to the hidden connections that exist between ourselves and the world around us; in other words, to the experience of 'Synchronicity'. The ten artists have been assigned the mammoth challenge of making this happen and (surprise, surprise) ideas abounded. The second day was spent corraling these ideas into a more concrete vision for the event - and discovering the overlaps between artists that would be worth exploring over the coming months. It was a powerful couple of days on the farm, replete with rainstorms, sunshine and, of course, balloons.
Collaborators included Diego Samper (the curator and director for the event, visual artist), Sarah Mae Redmond (theatrical outside eye), Steve Wrignt (Sound artist), Serena Eades (Musician), Mary Burns (Playwright), Sandy Buck (puppetry and textile artist), Lani Claxton (Physical theatre performer), Chris Hind (filmmaker), Eilis Carpentier (poet and printed word artist) and Chad Hershler (actor and storyteller).