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Way Out was a living archive of art in progress.
Shared here are snapshots of our work
in whatever state they were in each week.


Two years or one hundred four weeks later, Way Out is done. Our wayfarers' perspectives on their time on the site are included below in week 104, so I'll let each voice speak for themself. But from my perspective as the founder, I walk away from this very different from when I went into it.

Initially, the concept of the site was driven by a public mission that, admittedly, was a mixed bag of lofty goals - to demystify the artists' process by sharing drafts online, to drive ourselves towards greater productivity through weekly deadlines, to have a small venue in which to share our work with each other. But somewhere along the way, things changed.

The deadlines, the layout fiddling, the brief dalliance with live events, all fell second to the actual ethos the site forced me to internalize as three simple lessons - never stop creating, share with your community, and support your peers.

I want to thank all the contributors to this site over the years for courageously sharing their works in progress, providing support through friendship and collaboration, and for the true inspiration they provided on a weekly basis.

Way.


1. What are your creative practices (medium, media, message) today, and have they changed since we began Way Out?

I primarily create through writings and sketches that evolve into songs. Since Way Out began, my process has become even more visual and writing-based at the root, since my posts started out as scraps of text or an image that later inspired a song.

2. What effect (if any) did the weekly deadline have on your workflow over the two years?

The weekly deadline allowed me to actively finish the composition of my next record, providing me with a continual reminder of needed productivity. I don't know that I would have been able to compose this given the strain of being in a demanding graduate program, without having the anchor of these weekly posts, to ground me in the process.

3. How did posting drafts of unfinished work affect your perception of both the process and the finished products?

Posting drafts of unfinished work forced me to sit in an uncomfortable, vulnerable space that I feel to be necessary for the process of composition. It is this space of exposed raw work that lends itself to a more developed and mature product of art, through reflection, feedback, and revision.

4. In the face of many, much easier ways to share your work, how did Way Out fit into the way you approached your online presence?

Way Out helped me grapple with a balance between brevity and comprehensiveness in the online presentation of my work. I now have learned a bit about the dance between being concise and self-contained in my presentation, and fully fleshing out my work for others to grapple with and understand.

5. Is there anything you would like to add?

Thank you David for this great opportunity! I'm looking forward to more projects in our future together as collaborators.

Best,
Anahita
 
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