theCryptofishist wrote:Creativity is one of the human legacies we all are heir to. I abhor the idea of "real art". Just because something's in a museum, doesn't mean it's inherently "better" than other work. (Yes, there is very good stuff in museums, but they keep the embarrassing parts of the collection in some cellar some where, where nobody sees it.) And, like so many thing, art gets better with practice. We have some cultural ideas about what is and is not worthy of attention. Dead white men still get preferential attention on gallery walls. Crochet, for example, is devalued because it is typically produced by women and typically used for practical things, like shawls and sweaters. Put I say that the lovelier our practical things, the more centered and whole is our life. Okay, using a plastic bucket isn't going to send you to some sort of miserable hell, but I once saw an antique chinese bucket that was hollowed out from a whole slice of tree trunk. I dunno if it was hollowed out as a purely practical object by a peasant, or if it was created for some sort of wealthy taoist, but it was lovely.
Savannah wrote:It sounds freaky & wrong, so you need to do it.
1. Listen to music by Johann Sebastian Bach. If Bach doesn't make you more creative, you should probably see your doctor - or your brain surgeon if you are also troubled by headaches, hallucinations or strange urges in the middle of the night.
2. Brainstorm. If properly carried out, brainstorming can help you not only come up with sacks full of new ideas, but can help you decide which is best. Click here for more information on brainstorming.
3. Always carry a small notebook and a pen or pencil around with you. That way, if you are struck by an idea, you can quickly note it down. Upon rereading your notes, you may discover about 90% of your ideas are daft. Don't worry, that's normal. What's important are the 10% that are brilliant.
4. If you're stuck for an idea, open a dictionary, randomly select a word and then try to formulate ideas incorporating this word. You'd be surprised how well this works. The concept is based on a simple but little known truth: freedom inhibits creativity. There are nothing like restrictions to get you thinking.
5. Define your problem. Grab a sheet of paper, electronic notebook, computer or whatever you use to make notes, and define your problem in detail. You'll probably find ideas positively spewing out once you've done this.
6. If you can't think, go for a walk. A change of atmosphere is good for you and gentle exercise helps shake up the brain cells.
7. Don't watch TV. Experiments performed by the JPB Creative Laboratory show that watching TV causes your brain to slowly trickle out your ears and/or nose. It's not pretty, but it happens.
8. Don't do drugs. People on drugs think they are creative. To everyone else, they seem like people on drugs.
9. Read as much as you can about everything possible. Books exercise your brain, provide inspiration and fill you with information that allows you to make creative connections easily.
10. Exercise your brain. Brains, like bodies, need exercise to keep fit. If you don't exercise your brain, it will get flabby and useless. Exercise your brain by reading a lot (see above), talking to clever people and disagreeing with people - arguing can be a terrific way to give your brain cells a workout. But note, arguing about politics or film directors is good for you; bickering over who should clean the dishes is not.
lemur wrote:thats a bit new agey isnt it?
fbcota wrote:I think the greatest thing about Burning Man is that it is an open gallery for anyone to be seen in. It is a chance for the fringe artist, the kid, the adult with a dream of showing theirs crafts to 50,000 willing participants.
The growth I have personally experienced as an artist in the past 3 years at Burning Man have been incredible. Now I am staring at the stages of Bregenz (http://twistedsifter.com/2011/08/outdoor-opera-on-the-lake-stages-of-bregenz/#.TqG-UhGgf0k.facebook) and thinking something like this may be worth doing in 2013.
It is a chance for the fringe artist, the kid, the adult with a dream of showing theirs crafts to 50,000 willing participants.
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