The chronicle of collaboration

By Neil Farelly

Is everything, both inside and outside of us, connected in some fantastical way?
I wonder because I’ve stood in the middle of many a Connect festival – dead centre of a slum, a civil rights museum, a concentration camp – closed my eyes and listened to its life swirl around me followed by small, significant moments when someone suddenly lights up and gets it – ping! – their life has changed and afterwards, they’ll take it all home, maybe sit quietly in their own space and wonder…

It doesn’t seem to matter where it happens in the world, or who it happens to or with, it’s that realisation that we’re collaborating with other people and groups and cultures and conversations and learning it for ourselves. Once that feeling’s been felt, it can’t be undone and forgotten about; the door can’t be closed because we’ll begin to see collaborations and connections everywhere: …walking down a street watching people weaving in and out of each other like a modern dance, standing in a crowded train watching how people lean in to talk to each other or lean away to avoid, dinner with your family and friends where everyone’s reaching for food, filling up each other’s glasses, gossiping about this and that, listening to someone’s story…

Collaboration with a big C, around us every moment of every day. So, are we all in the middle of something bigger than we imagine? Is that what things are all about? ISTA CONNECT.

Welcome to The ISTA Chronicles

by Dinos Aristidou, Curator

The chronicle of the ISTA family

by Joachim Matschoss

The chronicle of a website

by Tommy Tonkins

The chronicle of partnerships

By Michael Ludwick

The chronicle of an ISTA book

By Emmy Abrahamson

The chronicle of TaPS

By Helen Szymcak

The chronicle of ISTA Connect

By Michael Westberg

The chronicle of Eden

By Jess Thorpe

The chronicle of an ISTA host

By Georgina Christou

The chronicle of an ISTA alumni

By Valeria Riquelme
The ISTA Chronicles were supported by funding from The Zich Trust.