The Honors College Icarus Sessions
The Rules and Reasoning behind the Icarus Sessions
They're free. They will inspire you to make work that matters.
What is an Icarus Session?
The short version: ten or fifty or a hundred people come together and follow the simple rules of the Icarus Session, outlined below. You meet, connect, support and then go back into the world, ready to make a ruckus.
The Icarus Sessions are a challenging new way
to bring your art forward. Not to make a sales pitch, not to get
customers or patrons, but to find the courage to stand up and say,
"Here, I made this."
You can attend a session without presenting, of course.
A presentation at an Icarus Session is 140 seconds long. You can go shorter, but not a second longer. You can use slides, or handouts, or even better, just bring your enthusiasm. The assignment: Tell the group about your art. What have you created? What frightened you? What matters?
Not a pitch. An act of brave vulnerability.
I made this.
It scared me.
This might not work.
Here's how it changed me.
What do you think?
If you've practiced your 140 seconds and you
want them shared with the world, videotaping is totally appropriate. Go
ahead and post it on YouTube. Particularly great Icarus Sessions will
spread, be posted, embedded, talked about and inspire.
The 140 second format lends itself to viral video, and there's no one to stop you. So go ahead if you like.
This is an idea from Seth Godin who hosted the first worldwide session on January 2, 2013.
For additional information contact the Honors College.