February 9, 2009
The New Creativity
Have people always talked about creativity this much? I mean the details of it — craft, process, practical wisdom. My memory says “no,” but then, my memory is short.
Everybody’s been pointing to Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk on the culture of creativity and genius.
Ze Frank has been thinking out loud about creativity and collaborative projects.
Imogen Heap sits in her home studio in vlog after vlog and talks you through her creative process — insecurities and all. (This is my favorite example because it’s not just reflective, it’s real-time.)
Argument: It is the responsibility of the artist in the 21st century to speak and write like this. Sure, you can still lock yourself in your studio and indulge in the agony and ecstasy of isolation if you want, but that’s sooo 20th century. The new world favors the public artist, the artist brave enough to speak plainly not only about ideas and inspiration, but about fear and hesitation as well.