Interesting report about a talk given by Wendy Levy, the director of arts consultancy group New Arts AXIS, who called for documentary filmmakers to embrace “big data” tools as a permanent part of their storytelling process during the keynote address at the Media That Matters Conference, held Feb. 15 in Washington, D.C. Levy said baking in interactive and collaborative data into the release process of a film provide avenues for increased audience interaction and engagement, and create opportunities to provide useful real-world tools and information.
Art business coach Alyson B. Stanfield kicks off an interesting and robust conversation about the role of craftsmanship in fine art today. Some say it’s dying, some say it’s alive and well. All ages and many artistic disciplines seem to be represented in the comments.
Bruce Nussbaum, author of the new book Creative Intelligence, discusses a trio of activities that can help anyone aspiring to be more creative in their work or in their daily life: to be mindful, disconnect; to create meaningful things, delve into the past; and be masterful. Here’s what he has to say about meaning-making and understanding the past:
Being meaningful is important for leading a creative life because it allows you to understand the deeper meaning of relationships, outside and inside the marketplace. That includes our relationships to things and our relationship to one another. For example, we just celebrated Valentine’s Day. But do you really know what a gift is? We are mired in swag, “free” gifts we give away at nearly every event. But do you know the intense underlying psychology, social, political, and economic dynamic that goes with giving and receiving a gift? Knowing the anthropological and sociological literature on the gift–it is extensive because the gift is perhaps the most celebrated and common of all human rituals–provides meaning to your creativity.
A lovely radio story originally broadcast on Kansas City NPR affiliate KCUR-FM about photographer Ruth Thorne-Thomsen and her otherworldly seeming pinhole camera work. This link includes the 26-minute interview with Keith Davis, senior curator of photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, who discusses Thorne-Thomsen’s work as it relates to a new exhibition at museum, plus 8 images that demonstrate her distinctive style.
Brief but insightful piece by Tara Mohr, writing on 99U, about how to present your creative expertise when working on a project. In addition to the traditional specialist, who has formal training and vast experience to help them solve a problem, there is the survivor, who leverages his/her personal experiences in a topic area to share something meaningful; the cross-trainer, an expert in another domain who applies that knowledge to a related area; and the called, who bring immense levels of passion and vision to a project. Each frame has strengths and pitfalls, but this article clarifies the best way to use the good points and avoid the bad points.