Although in my own short lifetime, I haven’t done anything significant to exhibit on a large scale, I have always considered myself a creative human being, spending hours at the table, designing clothes or buildings even as a child. However I have long been fascinated by even the word ‘creative’ itself, I still cannot describe what creativity means. According to Thesaurus, being innovative, original, productive, visionary, imaginative. If you’re creative, you create. It’s also highly related to intelligence, as the new ideas creativity is literally dedicated to are born in the mind, through a significant mental process of connecting existing concepts. To simplify it: in your head, before a groundbreaking idea comes to life, your mind first reviews all the previous ideas you collected before. You aggregate knowledge.
Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. (C.E.M. Joad)
I truly believe that a creative life opens a huge amount of doors. A creative person is more likely to find a solution or a shelter when any problem arises. As for the future, I think creativity is key. As we might make all our objects smarter and more practical by design in the coming decades, the human race needs to be more inventive. To get with it, we have to both accept and support sustainable growth. We are in need of innovative-minded people, artists and great thinkers to create a better reality and a more liveable world for all of us.
Is creativity necessarily related to art? I don’t think so. It can also be being able to find a key to a seemingly unsolvable issue or to see the hidden connection between two things intensely differing from each other. From a number of articles in connection with the topic, I’ve learned that to advance one’s creativity, a lot of training exercises can be done.
- Focus on a purpose, such as designing a box for cereals, writing a novel or founding an enterprise. Choose a random word from the dictionary and try to build concepts related to it and to the purpose.
- Pick a random object and try to find as many forms of its application as you can, within a given timeframe.
- Write a story in 6 words or 160 characters.
- Pick a location. Stand in that one spot without moving your feet and take two dozen photographs.
- Forced connections: list a bunch random items and pick two or more of them. Explore different ways they can be related to each other.
- With a group of creative-minded individuals, a ‘brain-writing’ game can be played. Everyone writes down an idea (any idea, or related to a certain problem, it’s up to you) on a sheet of paper. Then each piece of paper changes hand, allowing everyone to add an own idea. This process is repeated until everyone has had a chance to contribute to each idea.
- Collect random materials (from the recycling bin) to work with. The more varying the kinds of materials are the better. Think of a simple shape (such as a star, a heart, a lightbulb or an elephant) and try to create as many versions of it as possible in an hour from the equipment you collected.
- Draw anything for 10 minutes without erasing and judging.
- Keep drawing anything with as many different techniques as you can.
- Google entopic graphomania.
- Read a book or an article you would never read by yourself, listen to music differing from your taste.
Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.” (Jim Jarmusch)
Despite of the fact that your creativity is not your genuineness, it’s one of your most valuable skills. Your mind is the selected collection of all the fabric you’ve ever been effected by, and it’s unique. Appreciate this. Be glad to be who you are, for what you and only you can create, for your peerless work of art, for your unexampled thoughts. Once something has gone through your inimatable mind and has been formed by your intelligence and memory, it’s not what it used to be. It’s yours.