HOAX as an overall project has its own academic research strand, headed up by Prof Matt Green. Through Matt came a further research strand 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 HOAX 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 suppose it could under some circumstances, or if the management was so rigid it became stifling - but this certainly hasn't been my experience with Ellie. A ten-illustrator project with, in effect, ten separate-yet-related briefs, actually requires a great deal of management. Ellie has provided a highly efficient yet personable, non-artist interface, which in turn has kept all the artist-to-artist communications (typically more passionate!) focused and on track. Far from being a barrier, she's been a great facilitator - in fact nothing short of a wonder.