Sharon Molloy

Everything keeps Evolving – Interview with Sharon Molloy

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AoA: How did you get into art?

Sharon Molloy: It sounds a bit overconfident but I wanted to be an artist since I was a teenager. I grew up in a working-class town in Northern England and there were no artists at all. Nobody went to college really. It was my high school teacher for art who said I could go to college and be an artist.

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The Unconscious is the Real Magic of Creativity: Interview with Michael Atavar

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Michael Atavar is Artist and Creative Consultant. He works with individuals and businesses, helping to solve professional problems, using creativity as a key. He is the author of four books, most recently ‘Better Magic – How To Have Creative Ideas In 24 Steps’.

Age of Artists: What is the science behind your new book ‘Better Magic’? And what is the real magic?

Michael Atavar: Rationality is important – data is useful, especially in business, but my book takes a different approach and explores the irrational as a source of ideas.

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An Impulse in Everyone to Say Something that is Different – Interview with Edgar Schein

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AoA: In one of your papers you came up with six aspects about the role of the arts and artists in an organizational context, and we are particularly interested in the fifth one: the analysis of how the artist is trained and how the artist works. Can you describe what you found there with regards on how artists perform their work and what we can transfer to other disciplines?

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“The Capacity to Organize” – Interview with Jason Beechey

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Age of Artists: How did you become an artist?

Jason Beechey: Well, I don’t really know if you become an artist. I think it’s sort of two things for me: the word artist makes me scared, because I find it’s a word that people can very often misuse or they use it as an excuse for things. I think it is also a very sacred word whereas somebody says “I am an artist”, it makes me feel like “Wow!”.

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Lisa Peters

“Each work gives me the possibility to use an individual language” Interview with artist Lisa Peters

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The young artist Lisa Peters studies and works in Berlin. She sends out a dynamic that is also visible in her art – at the moment she is focussing on video and sculpture. Basically it’s not possible to pin her down to one artistic discipline, because she discovers new fields frequently: “I don’t want to be “just” the sculptress or the film-maker. And I think it is great, that each work gives me the possibility to use an individual language.

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“It’s impossible to create resonance at a certain time.” Interview with Sociologist Hartmut Rosa

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Rosa emphasizes that there is neither intention nor it’s possible to call up instantly such a resonance. “It’s impossible to create resonance at a certain time. I think a universal problem is the objective of making things available. My interpretation is that there is always an uncontrolled moment in art, in terms of production as well as of reception. You cannot say tomorrow I’m going to be creative at 2 pm.

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Benjamin Quabeck

When I want to tell a story I have to transfer the story into a certain universe – Interview with director Benjamin Quebec

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This mix of purposefulness, concentration and intuitive flexibility seems to be Benjamin Quabecks formula to break out of established structures. “In principle one moves in a pitched field which one tries to expand in order to create something new. At the moment when I want to tell a story I have to transfer the story into a certain universe. This universe is built up in layers.

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It’s about an inner certainty. Interview with painter Julian Schwokowsky

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Based in Berlin Julian Schwokowsky is an artist who pays special attention to his gut feeling. This approach takes place directly from the beginning of his working process but also throughout: “It’s possible that you have five or six ideas at the same time and they might be likewise great from a rational or functional point of view. But then you will decide just for one of them. It’s about an inner certainty.”

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