In November 2015, the 43-year-old with a Ph.D. in Japanese intellectual history was dead. She killed herself after struggling to find work while dealing with financial insecurity and a broken marriage.
A link to fill in the FailSpace ‘Honesty Box’, an online survey that forms part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) project, ‘Cultural Participation: Stories of Success, Histories of Failure’. We believe that it is important to create a safe space to discuss and ultimately learn from failure. As such, the ‘Honesty Box’ survey is fully anonymous - and invites sharing of any thoughts, experiences or observations about failure in a cultural participation project/s that you might not feel able to reveal publicly. If you would like to find out more about this project or survey, contact Lucy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ruth Maleczech (January 8, 1939 – September 30, 2013) was an American avant-garde stage actress. She won three Obie Awards for Best Actress in her career, for Hajj (1983), Through the Leaves, (1984) and Lear (1990) and an Obie Award for Design, shared with Julie Archer, for Vanishing Pictures (1980), which she also directed. The video shows her in 2012, one year before she died, reflecting on, Beckett's line FAIL BETTER.
A video of Samuel Beckett's work of which FAIL BETTER is part of.
Translation: To fail is the new to succeed
Provocative but interesting Dutch text pleading to instal an 'institute of fail-ology', as any form of success is based on a much larger form of failure.
Funny and hilarious but interesting overview of some brilliant failures.
The Museum of Failure in Los Angeles is a collection of over 100 failed products and services from some of the world’s best-known companies. Visitors will get a insightful and entertaining glimpse into the risky business of innovation. For every mega-success like the Apple iPhone, VCR and Ford Mustang, there’s a couple of Newtons, Betamaxes and Edsels that crashed and burned before them. This collection is carefully curated by licensed psychologist and innovation researcher Dr. Samuel West, and it hopes to convey that the acceptance of failure is necessary in order for innovation and progress to truly succeed.
The sweetest victory is the one that’s most difficult. The one that requires you to reach down deep inside, to fight with everything you’ve got, to be willing to leave everything out there on the battlefield—without knowing, until that do-or-die moment, if your heroic effort will be enough. Society doesn’t reward defeat, and you won’t find many failures documented in history books.
TEDtalk - Why do people succeed? Is it because they're smart? Or are they just lucky? Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success.
TEDTalk - Elizabeth Gilbert was once an "unpublished diner waitress," devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of 'Eat, Pray, Love,' she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple -- though hard -- way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.
TEDtalk by French philosopher Alain de Botton. He examines our ideas of success and failure -- and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.
Information about A Restless Art, a book about participatory art with examples from over 15 countries. This page links to a free pdf of the book and to purchase the full paperback version. "Community art is the creation of art as a human right, by professional and non-professional artists, co-operating as equals, for purposes and to standards they set together, and whose processes, products and outcomes cannot be known in advance."
An article exploring the impact of exam stress on teenagers' mental health.
What defines “home?” Is it people, a specific place or the memories made during a certain period of time? These talks offer a thoughtful look at what it means to belong.
Guardian article exploring rejection and failure - "Usually, the connection between rejection and success is kept private. But a public outpouring recently on social media – not only by celebrities but by others using the #ShareYourRejections hashtag – questions why this is so. What is there to fear from rejection? And why do some people seem to cope with it better than others?"
Article about Vital Spark, a new national initiative in England aiming to create more inclusive and diverse performances for children and young people.
A production for children aged 0 – 12 months and their adult created by Caroline Bowditch, performance artist and choreographer with years of experience in working to improve accessibility and inclusivity within the arts.
What is 'Irishness'? And what do you think it looks like? Many have a stereotypical view of this when it comes to mind. However, there is no one way to look Irish, especially in 2018. A raw short video-documentary based on personal stories from 15 different people who are Irish but are often questioned about their identity. It challenges people's prejudice and opens a discussion on how we think about identity.