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Week 6 Tutorial

Question 1

a. 9 aspects associated with flow:

1. There are clear goals every step of the way
2. There is immediate feedback to one’s actions
3. There is a balance between challenges and skills
4. Action and awareness are merged
5. Distractions are excluded
6. There is no worry of failure
7. Self-consciousness disappears
8. Sense of time becomes distorted
9. The activity becomes autotelic

b. There is a definite relationship between the aspects of flow and creativity, I believe you will achieve some sort of flow when you are really enjoying what you are creating. In relation to my work, I think that when the creativity is forced I will not produce my best work, and it is not enjoyable. Of all the theories of creativity that we have discussed in this semester, I think I can relate to this one the most in terms of my creative practice.
Csikszentmihalyi also states that happiness is achieved after flow, as happiness is a distraction from the task, I agree with this as I find that when I am working I’m not really feeling anything as I am focused on the task at hand. Once there is an end result that is decent, then I will feel happy as I have achieved what I set out to do.

Question 2.

As I still live at home I am kind of restricted in having a creative environment or atmosphere, especially confined to such a small space. Obviously, the ideal situation would be to have a studio, but right now I just try to keep a little space that kind of inspires me or motivates me to be creative. I think if I had a larger space to work with, I would be more inclined to work way more often than I do now.
Other ways I keep a creative atmosphere is by always collecting information or pictures that I can use in my work, even if I don’t end up using them. Frequently I will go to websites such as booooooom!Escape Into Life and Art Sponge to look at other contemporary artists’ work as inspiration. I also use StumbleUpon as sometimes odd/interesting pictures or stories will come up which could inspire my work. So I find that by regularly looking at art and reading books, watching movies, listening to music always contributes to my create atmosphere.

References

Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1996). The Flow of Creativity. Creativity: Flow and the psychology of discovery and invention (pp. 107-126). New York: HarperCollins.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2011 in Tutorial

 

Week 5 Tutorial

Question 1

a. Active Imagination is a method which Jung used to reconnect with his creative spirit and heal himself within. He did this by reconnecting with his imagination and fantasies through play. He was able to reawaken his creative spirit by maintaining a “self-reflectve, conscious point of view.” He didn’t believe that this process could be taught, but believed that it is an inner necessity which is natural and inborn.

b. Individuation is like the maturing of a persons soul, it is a process in which they will find their ‘real’ self and their fulfilment in life. I see this as a stage in a persons life when you just accept who you are, the good and the bad parts, which I can relate to. I think that everyone will go through a stage in their life when they don’t want to be different or considered ‘weird’, especially in high school, but once you reach that ‘stage of individuation’ you are more accepting of yourself.

c. Archetypes are what Jung describes as “genetic blueprints for ideal types of behaviour.”

The King: Provides order through law and is the one who keeps the peace and order.
The Warrior: Possesses aggressive energy and is very sure of himself, he knows his goals and how to achieve them. He is selfless and fights for causes for humanity rather than for himself, although sometimes he is seen as emotionally distant.
The Magician: Is the teacher and initiator.
The Lover: Is the passionate figure, the one connected to others who seeks unity and oneness.

d. The Shadow is a persons ‘dark’ or negative side, it is a side that is repressed and exists in our unconscious. This ties in with individuation as that is when we recognise our shadow self and embrace it so it becomes apart of our personality

e. Jung uses his anima (feminine) and animus (masculine) theory to deal with gender issues, he believes that both men and woman possess the opposite in their unconscious. Men possess an anima and women, an animus. The discovery of the anima or animus is a stage of individuation.

f. Mythopoesis is essentially creation of myths. Mythical worlds include J.R.R Tolkeins ‘Middle Earth’ in The Lord of the Rings, and also C.S Lewis’ Narnia. There are also myths in popular culture, for example, vampires in television series such as Buffy and True Blood and movies such as Underworld and Blade.

References:

OShaugnessy, M. Stadler, J. (2002). Carl Jung. Media and Society: An introduction (pp. 176-184). Victoria: Oxford University Press.

Jung, C. (1997). Jung on active imagination (pp. 1-17, 28-33). (Ed. Joan Chodorow). London: Routledge.

Spoors, G. (2011). Lecture Notes. Retrieved from Edith Cowan University, School of Communication and Arts website: https://lms.sca.ecu.edu.au/units/CCA1103/lectures/week_5_mythopoesis.pdf

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Tutorial

 

Creative Project

Initial ideas

I have been thinking about the creative project and what I want to actually do. Seeing as there are no limitations to the project my mind has been a little bit muddled and it’s been difficult to find a starting point. So I have been searching the internet for things to inspire me. I have come across a website, escape into life and there are a few artists whose work has really started to inspire me.


I Wayan Sudarsana Yansen


Emma Kidd


Jane Almirall


Kathleen Lolley


Erika Altosaar


Agnes Cecile

  
Mark Demsteader

I find these pieces intriguing as they all have an interesting element in them. Whether it be the use of colours or distortion, I found that they have inspired me to try something new. Instead of using a medium that I am used to, I want to try using watercolours, I have tried to use them before but not very successfully, so trying again will make for an interesting creative project. I think I will have a series of paintings and I will document my progress in this blog.

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2011 in Creative Project

 

Week 4 Tutorial

Attempt to describe yourself in a paragraph

In the tutorial I found this task quite difficult, so I made a list of core personality traits that I thought best described me. They were:

passionate, perfectionist, sensitive, friendly, withdrawn, considerate, a little worrisome at times, observant and that occasionally I can be impulsive, impatient and a little bit sarcastic.

10 Attributes of a creative person

  1. Energetic/Quiet
  2. Smart/Naive
  3. Responsible/Irresponsible
  4. Fantasy/Reality
  5. Introvert/Extrovert
  6. Humble/Proud
  7. Masculine/Feminine
  8. Conservative/Rebellious
  9. Passionate/Objective
  10. Suffering/Enjoyment

I find that because I am a perfectionist I tend to be very disciplined whilst I am working, so I show responsibility through my hard work. As I stated above, I tend to be withdrawn and quiet, I like to be on my own when I am working and I think I can stand being alone, yet I love to spend time with my friends and family, so this shows both introversion and extroversion. I am very passionate about my work, if I think I have a good, original idea I will stick with it, yet I will also seek feedback and criticism from other people so I have different opinions and don’t lose interest in the task.

  1. In terms of creativity I would definitely say that I am very energetic, once I get into the work and I find that I am enjoying it I will work for a long period of time. Yet I will often stop to rest or do something else.
  2. I would say that I am naive, I like to question things, and I am definitely in a state of wonder about the world at times.
  3. As stated above, in my discipline I tend to be very focused on my work once I get into it, and at times very hard working because I want to achieve my best. Although I sometimes stress about my work, I find that when I don’t have anything to worry about I can be very relaxed or have a light and playful attitude.
  4. I’d like to think that I am imaginative, if I wasn’t than I probably wouldn’t pursue a career in art.
  5. I am definitely introverted in the sense that I actually like to be by myself sometimes, especially to do my work. Yet I love to spend time with friends and family and I can be extroverted when I am with them.
  6. I definitely do not take compliments well and I’m very modest when people compliment my work.
  7. I don’t think that I am both masculine and feminine at the same time. I find that sometimes I am submissive yet at the same time if things are not getting done I will get slightly annoyed and take on a bit more of a leadership role.
  8. In relation to visual arts, I like ‘traditional’ forms of art, yet I am open to trying more contemporary styles. Also I am a firm believer in learning the basic and traditional ways of painting and drawing etc to begin with.
  9. I think that if I wasn’t passionate about my work I wouldn’t be in that field, I like to hear feedback and constructive criticism about my work to see if I am on the right track.
  10. Everyone goes through some kind of “pain/suffering.” It isn’t really something that drives me to paint or draw. Although I describe myself as a sensitive person, I can take criticism and just move on.

References

Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1996). The Creative Personality. Creativity: Flow and the psychology of discovery and invention. New York: HarperCollins.

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2011 in Tutorial

 

Week 2 Tutorial

To what extent do you look at the world in a creative (or uncreative) way?

As a visual artist I find that drawing inspiration from what I see around me is fundamental. I find that when I am observing I will see something that would inspire me to create something, this does not necessarily happen intentionally and what I draw my inspiration from is not necessarily beautiful and catches your eye right away, it could be some rubbish, or the colours of the sky or even the way objects blur when you’re looking out the window of the car or the train. More often than not I will pull my camera out to capture something that I want to use in my work.

For example at the start of the year I was on holiday in Walpole and on the drive there we stopped at a look out spot, and it was the most amazing view over the water at sunset. The colours were what I liked the most, so I took a photo and hoped that I would use it as inspiration for a painting.

What is the relationship between night, darkness and the imagination? How did the growth of artificial light affect human imagination and creativity?

Before the growth in artificial lighting there was a great belief in notions such as spirits, apparitions, witches and demons, night time was seen as menacing and people were superstitious of these notions. As people became more educated they rejected these beliefs “…Enlightenment beliefs steadily led to the “disenchantment” of the Western world…” (Ekirch, 2005, p.325) Night time lost its aura of terror and people began to find it beautiful, …Night even became, for some observers, an object of awe and admiration. The very air at night, once thought perilous, now appeared sweet and refreshing… Inspired rapture rather than dread…” (Ekirch, 2005, p.326)

People’s sleep patterns were disturbed, with the growth of artificial lighting, people were going to bed later which meant divided slumber became less common. Divided slumber is when you have a segmented sleeping pattern and would often wake from slumber. “No longer did most sleepers experience an interval of wakefulness in which to ponder visions in the dead of the night… increasing numbers lost touch with their dreams and…to their deepest emotions.” (Ekirch, 2005, p.335) So by going to sleep later, people had cheated themselves out of their dreams and their fantasies.

Ekirch says that by staying up later into the night people do not experience segmented sleep so they will not wake during the night to think about their dreams. By not pondering their dreams people have lost touch with their deepest emotions. I think that in some way our creativity channels our emotions, or our emotions are what helps us to be creative. So, if people have lost touch with their deepest emotions, essentially it would affect their creativity.

References

Ekirch, A. R. (2005). At days close: Night in times past. New York: Norton and Company

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2011 in Tutorial