creating uncreativity

A creative exploration of the uncreative realm…

Envelopes and Lavender…

I decided to use this post as a break from my usual pretentious ramblings. I’ve recently been making little writing sets and lavender products (bath sachets and drawer scents). This has been the little craft fix that I needed. On the whole they are a little twee compared with my usual work, but I feel that I have managed to keep in with the very plain uniform style that I tend to go for. There is a woman who may be interested in letting me sell some stuff in her cake shop, so these samples are ready to be shown to her for approval. The pictures don’t really do them justice, but I think they are quite nice. Not bad for me anyway. I’m usually no good at the fiddly stuff. I’m just sorry they can’t be smelt through the screen, as they smell wonderful. Fingers crossed she likes them.

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The Uncreatives on Creationism…

There is a student in one of the Art classes that volunteer for and he is a great illustrator. He also happens to be very knowledgeable about dinosaurs. We had a conversation a few weeks ago about dinosaurs and evolution and touched upon the subject of creationism. This isn’t a subject I know much about, but after talking to him I know a little more. I wanted to post something linking dinosaurs and creationists together, as a way of remembering the conversation and this particular moment in time. I just happen to have found an amusing video made by a man who I don’t know whether to take seriously or not. Scientists would say to never take a creationist seriously, but this guy sounds like he is either very quick witted or sort of crazy. I wasn’t even sure on his real view on the subject. Either way the video is really cool because of the way it has been made. You will understand more when you have seen the clip. I’ll leave it for you to decide.

(Available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nkv_dmXf8hs)

Uncreative yet Surprisingly Hilarious…

(Available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLJ4Y5BQ24k&feature=related)

An Uncreative Response…

When studying Art, it tends to dawn on you after so many class critiques that a lot of students feel the need to over explain their work and give it some sort of long-winded conceptual back story. I for one am guilty as charged. On top of this, the Art critics and Art historians give their heavy descriptions and convincing explanations of the work of those artists who made it big; you’d happily quote them in your thesis but you don’t know if any of it is true. If we can’t trust their judgement then surely we need to go straight to the source; the artists themselves. Let’s see what they have to say for themselves; In the case of Andy Warhol not much. He seems to taunt those who attempt to pry titbits of information from him. In the video below he is interviewed with an associate by his side and they both seem to relish in the act of giving nothing away to the interrogator, while unknowingly revealing a lot to us.

(Video available from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deRMRh8Zjgg&feature=related)

Although I have no real love for Andy Warhol, I do however feel sucked in by the mystery of his non-responsive approach to things. My favourite song by The Velvet Underground is said by some to be about Andy Warhol, which seems to make a lot of sense, except there are other theories that are just as plausible. In this footage, he gives one word answers and speaks in a deliberately disengaged tone. What is he trying to achieve by this? He’s so big that we find it impossible to believe that he doesn’t know what he is talking about and we wouldn’t think for a moment that his work is as hollow or shallow as his responses. From my new-found curiosity of  Warhol’s real self, I am filled with urges to continue down this road and indulge myself in the process of finding out more about him. But at the end of the day, no matter where we turn we won’t ever really know the truth about Warhol or his work, whether it be straight from the horse’s mouth or not and he knew this.

 

An un-creative thought…

I thought this quote from Kenneth Goldsmith on un-creative writing was very interesting and summed up his thoughts on the subject pretty well. It is a snippet from his book ‘Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age’ that I took from an article featured on the Chronicle Review website.  http://chronicle.com/article/Uncreative-Writing/128908/

‘It seems an appropriate response to a new condition in writing: With an unprecedented amount of available text, our problem is not needing to write more of it; instead, we must learn to negotiate the vast quantity that exists. How I make my way through this thicket of information—how I manage it, parse it, organize and distribute it—is what distinguishes my writing from yours.’

 

Limbo

Since graduating, I am unemployed and living in my mother’s 7’ x 9’ spare room and the act of making Art has become somewhat of an unthinkable luxury, due to lack of space and motivation. I started writing fiction, thinking that the worlds that I could create within these stories would act like extensions of my own mental space, within which I could dwell. Unfortunately creative writing in the traditional sense has never been my strong point and throughout my final year of University I got sucked into the World of ‘un-creative’ writing, following the example of artists like Kenneth Goldsmith and Simon Morris. Like them I used existent literary material to create works which I presented in small hand-made books of a very clean and uniform style. Taking information from films, books, comics and overheard conversations, I created a collection of works which were essentially un-creative. During this time the ideas seemed to flow and I was working a lot, which can only be a good thing. Part of me thinks this was due to the fact that it wasn’t creative writing or traditional Art making which to me seemed very serious and intimidating compared to what I was actually doing. My new aim is to find a way of combining the acts of creative and un-creative writing; to find a way to produce a work of fiction by following some kind of formula or set of processes.

I started working on a fictional piece about the all the misery in the world, which I would represent through the story containing a mix of characters, settings and acts, reflecting the damages of the current state of reality. I decided to begin writing in pencil in an artists’ sketch book that I won in a raffle which has a painting of a bird printed on the front. This was a way of ‘not writing’ and creating something similar to a long sketch made up of marks, which due to my poor handwriting, spelling and grammar would barely resemble letters or words. I seem to be torn between the longing for creativity and the possibilities of creating vast areas of mental landscape and the urge to fall back into the calculated minimalistic style of previous years. I am now in the midst of a creative and un-creative block, but worst of all I am in limbo.