Last night I went to see The Royal Ballet's Draft Works at ROH. And realised something I'd been thinking about the importance of sketching recently. That sketching is pretty critical to any artistic endeavour. The Draft Works performances approach is nicely summed up in this quote for resident choreographer Wayne McGregor.
Skecthing with dance
Sketching is an arristic practise most commonly associated with drawing, pencils and paper. If you watch the below Ted talk, again by Wayne McGregor, you'll see that the exact same principles of creation can be applied to dance. And then presented as working sketches as the Draft Works were.
Sketching with food
I've also recently come across the Cook It Raw food movement, which again shares a lot of the same principles as sketching. Although highly elitist, and slightly pretenitous, they have a decent set of guiding principles and vision. What I find most interesting about it is that the chefs are basically hacking with food; using what they have to hand, working collaboratively, inventing stuff fast, trying to solve problems.
Sketching with code
And finally the bounding thought for all this is Stef's thing of sketching with code. Hack. Play. Learn. And how cultural, and business, instituitions are now more and more embrassing hacking or sketching culture and methodologies.