• Gemma Lolos

    SWEET. Why do you think we as humans create? And why is creation important?

    • EmilyB

      Well golly. That’s a big one. Everything on the earth that isn’t there naturally was ‘created’–humans invent things when they see some need, whether that’s tools or shelter or art or whatever–it all starts from an idea and a new perspective on what already exists. Thinking in terms of art, creation is what makes us human and not robots–I mean if every person fell into the same routine and never presented new ideas, what would be the point in living? In my opinion all the other human-constructed stuff that is considered essential, like money and government and knowledge, is to allow humans to think creatively rather than scraping by to survive. Art is our way of figuring out how we feel and think and then asking others to join the conversation–it’s a world without predetermined black and white answers or right and wrong. It can stand for a particular moment in time; it’s the only real form of immortality. It can make you know you’re not alone because you look at something someone else created and realize you share thoughts and feelings with someone else.

  • EmilyB

    On another note…the video also asks something along the lines of, “What fuels your creativity?” I like that a lot of people talk about other humans (particularly their kids)–like the very idea of someone can make you want to think about things in new ways and present those to the world. People also mention things like failure and time limits, and coffee and wine. Thoughts? What makes you feel creative?

    • Gemma Lolos

      I think people can absolutely fuel your creativity. I know a number of people are responsible for fueling my own creativity. I’ve been personally inspired by great teachers in the past who have managed to engage me while simultaneously making me passionate about a subject which is a very challenging feat to accomplish and one worthy of recognition. Historical figures such as Anne Frank have touched me and motivated me to write. Fictional characters I’ve found in books are responsible for several of my interests and views. And not to get all sappy, but just thinking about my mother gets my creative juices flowing and makes me want to get out there and CREATE, in no way in particular.

      • EmilyB

        AWESOME awesome yes. When I think about it, I find inspiration in so many things–friends who think about art very differently from me, teachers who have infectious passion for whatever they do, music, nature, visual art, cities, things that make me angry or upset in the world that make me want to change it. As a maker of theater I draw a lot of inspiration from seeing other shows that draw me in with something I already love (like a style of music or kind of humor) and then present it in surprising what-is-this-amazingness ways. I saw a show last year, PigPen Theatre Co.’s “The Old Man and the Old Moon,” that hit me in a million ways–the music, the epic story, the stunningly creative use of puppetry, the fact that I saw it with some of my closest friends and my sister. It’s the kind of thing where I had that experience, and now whenever I think about it/those artists I think I WANT TO MAKE AWESOME STUFF LIKE THAAAAT feels feels all the feels. So yes all the inspirations all the times. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04YWdtHrtIE

  • Gemma Lolos

    When you think of creativity, what are the first things that come to mind?

    • Emily Baldwin

      BRINGING NEW THINGS TO LIFE! Or at least, reassembling old things to present them differently. ‘Cause I don’t think there’s really such a thing as making something from nothing, since every new thing was inspired by preexisting things.

      • Gemma Lolos

        I like that you say “bringing new things to life” and presenting things “differently,” because I think one of the main components of creativity is a certain open-minded way of thinking that enables you to get your point across in an inventive way. That’s why I associate being creative with being unique, because I think that creative people are able to approach things outside the box.

        • EmilyB

          Right…I dig the idea of uniqueness going with creativity, though maybe technically speaking, creativity doesn’t REQUIRE uniqueness. Someone with repetitive ideas can still produce thoughts/responses/etc. And in any case, if you take someone from one context where they’re the norm and stick them with a different group where they’re different, whammo that person is unique. As in I don’t think there’s a single definition of ‘unique,’ it depends on how something or someone relates to the surrounding things or people.

          • Gemma Lolos

            Good point. I agree that it is all up for interpretation and that there are varying definitions of “unique” and “different”. It’s interesting that when I think of creativity I can’t help but think of it in context with what I view as “unique” and “different” people. Because in reality, EVERYONE is distinct in their own way. Therefore, EVERYONE creates.

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