My partner Steve Alexander and I led a group of 15 participants in the Big Bang Workshop – a challenging and satisfying workshop at the Intercross Creative Centre in Sapporo, Japan. Each day a different task was aimed at exploring the fundamentals of creativity.

 
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Day after day the participants saw their efforts modified, added to and erased. Initial preciousness and nervousness were replaced by admiration of the evolution.

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This turned to shock when they were asked to gradually paint everything out in white mid way through the ten day workshop – and start again.

 
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By the end, the participants understood exactly why. "It was a process and cycle of being born, growing, disappearing and being born again. It was free, accidental, beautiful and fun." wrote film maker Eiji Shimada.

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