Monday, May 26, 2014

Inspiring Creativity

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What is creativity? What inspires it? The beauty about creativity and inspiration, is that there is no definitive answer. You can’t demand one either. Ideas are a natural fusion of mind, soul and our environment. You can be inspired anywhere, by anyone or anything.

A striking new short film – created by the cultural diplomacy organization Liberatum founded by Indian-born impresario and festival curator Pablo Ganguli and presented by illy, an esteemed Saatchi & Saatchi client in Italy – shows creativity is built on individuality and so much is determined by our own state of mind. Directors Ganguli and Tomas Auksas have captured it perfectly, catching revelations from the minds of 20 creative heroes, including the likes of actor James Franco, artist Tracey Emin and composer Hans Zimmer. Here are some of my favourite quotes:

• The first thing the human being wants to do is create…it’s within all of us. You could argue the meaning of life is to create – Karim Rashid, architect & designer
• Most of us don’t know how to ask a question. Most of us don’t see the root of the word is quest. Most of us don’t have a quest in our life – Richard Saul Wurman, TED founder
• You go through your formative years at school where everyone’s trying to knock the creativity out of you. It takes some stubbornness for creativity to survive – Hans Zimmer, composer
• True creativity comes from restriction and limitation – Paul Schroder, screenwriter
• Poverty, humor, hunger, sex, death…Creativity is your spirit, your heart – Lee Daniels, writer, director, producer
• I like the idea of artists responding to the times they live in…All artists have to be slightly compulsive, or slightly delusional – Marilyn Minter, artist
• Actively seeking our relationships, conversations, nature; appreciating architecture; museums, music, dreams – Mark Romanek, filmmaker
• Almost always you’ll find happiness is about community – Moby, songwriter & musician
• All of those schools that promote creativity, I would like to ban you to some distant island. Why don’t you just paint, or make films, or sing, or play music – Jonas Mekas, filmmaker


Simon Bell said...

Awesome film, with some fantastic thoughts on creativity - I need to find more people like these in my life!

andrea cooper said...

The freedom to create with out fear of judgement for me personally has been a revelation. I only wish I could have learn't to not care what anyone thinks sooner. I absolutely celebrate any school that encourages the freedom of creativity. I would have never survived at school without art.

Anonymous said...

I when to Stone-fields school in Mt Wellington and filmed Gordon Dryden interacting with 7 years that were doing TV quality media. These kids had been in some cases badly at other school. The creative ablity I now believe comes from putting yourself in the right speace both mentally and geographically to say nothing of the work place culture.

Jack Vincent said...

Love this post and the overall idea. It's prompted me to think that the most creative people start by STARTING something.
Thanks, as always, for inspiring posts!

Media Messiah said...

I have found the word "creativity" to be counter-productive. People who aren't creative often roll their eyes when they hear the word, and think it's a load of old tosh and anyone creative should get a grip and be more straightforward so that they can understand it. And many people who claim to be creative are actually not truly creative at all. What they mean is they are slightly wishy-washy, maybe a bit of a drifter, unfocussed, possibly deluded and most likely unreliable. They just claim to be a creative as an excuse and to make themselves sound different and special. So I try to avoid using the word at all if possible.