creativity

Inspiring Creativity

Inspiring Creativity – A Liberatum film presented by illy from Liberatum on Vimeo.

Inspiring Creativity is a short film created by Liberatum, directed by Pablo Ganguli and Tomas Auksas, and presented by illy, featuring 21 artists and cultural figures from art, fashion, film, design, technology and music. The film is an insider’s perspective on inspiration from the minds of leading creative personalities including:

Diana Picasso, Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer, Inez van Lamsweerde, Vinoodh Matadin, Academy Award nominee James Franco, Joan Smalls, Johan Lindeberg, Jonas Mekas, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Nico Muhly, Karen Elson, Karim Rashid, Klaus Biesenbach, Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels, Lola Montes Schnabel, Marilyn Minter, Mark Romanek, Tracey Emin, Moby, Paul Schrader, and TED founder Richard Saul Wurman.

Through the authentic interpretation and responses from these individuals, the overall project communicates what inspires creative thinking and behaviors for nurturing inspiration, while provoking thoughts on how culture, society, and technology continue to affect creativity.

I like this. Not overdone, interesting choice of people, some wisdom to be gleaned.

[via Devour]

When collaboration kills creativity

The production values on this animated video aren’t great but the ideas are. It’s not as one sided as it seems (all brainstorming is bad, everyone should work alone) and if you watch it to the end it makes some excellent observations and suggestions.

The judgement of groups stifling creativity stands out to me and it’s a leap but the piece I wrote a while ago on Flickr Explore (a social media popularity contest of sorts) stifling creativity comes to mind.

Acceptance by a group, popularity, and even normalcy are all social traits that our (Western) culture is tilted toward. When we evaluate social phenomena like these we need to make sure we have enough altitude to see a bigger picture than we normally see. This video is an attempt to look at this stuff from altitude.

Michael Wolff on seeing creatively

In this Intel Visual Life short documentary, Michael Wolff, co-founder of Wolff Olins Agency and considered one of the preeminent visionaries and perhaps the father of 20th century brand expression and identity, talks about his approach to looking at the world, including the muscles of curiosity, appreciation, and imagination.

[via PetaPixel]

PressPausePlay

PressPausePlay from House of Radon on Vimeo.

The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent in an unprecedented way, with unlimited opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art or is true talent instead drowned out? This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era.

This is an amazing film, really worth making the time (an hour and 21 minutes) to watch. It’s well thought out, well shot, well edited, and the message is nuanced, not a slam dunk for digital or against it.

[via PetaPixel]