HOAX as an overall project has its own academic research strand, headed up by Prof Matt Green. Through Matt came a further research strand of in the form of Ellie Reedy. Ellie is currently doing a Masters in publishing, and one of her main research threads is how project management strategies bring together several creative collaborators on a single project.
As such Ellie has been acting project manager for PSYCHOSIS BLUES, gathering essential research for her dissertation whilst simultaneously providing invaluable support by way of her brilliant organisational skills and whipcracking.
Last week Ellie interviewed me as part of her dissertation, asking things like:
- What are the advantages of working on a collaborative project?
- What do you consider to be the biggest challenges of working in a collaborative team?
- How do you think project management strategies differ when working on a creative/arts project compared to more business focused projects?
All of which were really interesting questions for me to sit down and really think about.…
Her final question was: Can project management be a barrier to artistic projects such as HOAX and if so how?
I replied that I could only imagine it would be a barrier if you had the wrong person in the role. In my experience, Ellie, it’s been the complete opposite :)