The workshop promises to be a welcome balm to our hectic and hyper-connected lives, what Grace describes as the “age of disconnect” we’re living through. “In our increasingly digitised lives, there is something so powerful about switching off our devices and making something with our hands,” says Anna. “Our workshops have been designed to help everyone (whether they would call themselves ‘creative’ or not) to go on a joyful journey that can help them to reconnect back to themselves and create a beautiful creative expression of their experience.”
If you do consider yourself more of a creative type, then there will be some takeaways for you specifically as well. In the 11 years since they launched Patternity, Anna and Grace have collaborated with scientists as well as artists and musicians in order to learn about “flow states”, when a person loses themselves in an activity and loses any sense of time. These elusive states are not only good for mental wellbeing but can also be incredibly fruitful in a creative sense.
The Patternity workshop is typical of this year’s thoughtful and considered programme at Beat Hotel Marrakech, which also features talks by artists Jeremy Deller, Camille Walala and Hassan Hajjaj; a sleep retreat; a load of film screenings by both Moroccan and foreign directors; and a Q&A and listening session with XL Records founder, Richard Russell. And that’s not even to mention the music line-up, which includes international artists and producers such as Floating Points, Young Marco, Kate Tempest and Gilles Peterson, as well as local legend Moulay Ahmed El Hassani. The full line-up can be found here.
We’ve teamed up with Beat Hotel Marrakech this year as a media partner, and will be on the ground there to host a discussion between Camille and Hassan focused on the importance of colour and brightness in their work. Click here to find out more about that session, as well as the whole programme, and to book your tickets. And we’ll see you there in two weeks’ time!