Alexa Sirbu Beneath the Waves

Where Ideas Come from and how Creativity can Improve our Wellbeing: Our links of the Month

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For this months edition we found some articles in the world wide web, about creativity and the ability of learning with, and from it.

Starting with the youngest age, read an article the Guardian has published about children’s “natural creativity and curiosity” and how it is being destroyed by our so called modern school systems. “In the future, if you want a job, you must be as unlike a machine as possible: creative, critical and socially skilled.

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Sharon Molloy

Keeping an Open Mind: Interview with Artist Sharon Molloy

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Deutsche Version unten / German version below

“When I think about artistic attitude the first thing that comes to my mind is to be open,” says Sharon Molloy, professional artist. She was born and raised in the U.K. but started travelling when she went to art school near London, at the Winchester School of Art. It was from that point onwards that she would expand her world and learn the importance of keeping an open mind.

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Ludger Brümmer

„The Moment of Surprise Always Adheres to Creativity. You Get Surprised by Yourself.” Interview with Composer Ludger Bruemmer

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Deutsche Version unten / German Version below

Composer Ludger Bruemmer was one of the first of his generation who turned towards digitally produced acoustic-electronic music. He is one of the pioneers of a music genre that is beyond growth and several transformations. Did he know that already when he started? “Artists are always associated with the present. The reception is in the past. This means that art, or what we understand as art, is always art of yesteryear.

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Jason Becheey Photo by Ida Zenna

„It’s after they have actually let their hair down and danced that the best ideas come out.“ – Interview with Jason Beechey

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[German version below]

Jason Beechey is a professional dancer and also rector of the Palucca University of Dance Dresden, a renowned institution for classical and contemporary dance, that exists for more than 90 years. And yet the word artist makes him a bit scared when describing his line of work: “My name is Jason, I was born and my passion is exploring the body in movement with music, the possibilities and to help other people discover their possibilities.

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Paul-Henri Campbell
Paul-Henri Campell at the Leipzig Book Fair

“Literature imparts a sense of autonomy and intimacy upon us” – Interview with Paul-Henri Campbell

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We met Paul-Henri Campbell upon recommendation by his associate, the painter Aris Kalaizis. Campbell is a bilingual writer of German and English. In his essays and poetry, he often deals with modern mythologies. He has written poetry about, for instance, the Firebird Trans Am, New Yorkˈs A-Train, the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, and the Concorde. We talked on an autumnally cool but sunny afternoon at a café in Frankfurt.

We talked to him about how he came to literature and what it means for him …

“Literature is unique among the arts.

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Martin Wezowski

“Experimentation is key.” Interview with Martin Wezowski

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“Experimentation is key. You need to allow people to experiment and sometimes they don’t need to have a firm goal, just an interesting direction,” Martin Wezowski comments during our two-hour conversation in Berlin a while ago.

Wezowski represents a productive match between art and business. He was born in Poland and moved to Sweden at age fourteen. That’s also where his career between beats and business started. He soon began to play music and ended up as a member of Majestic, a Power Metal Band from Malmö in southern Sweden. 

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Gina Schoeler Photo by Marco Schoeler

Happiness is conscious well being – Interview with minister for happiness Gina Schöler

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German version below / Deutsche Version unten

Gina Schoeler is co-founder and acting Minister for Happiness and Well Being at the Ministry of Happiness. Does it exist? Of course. Everything started with a question: What is happiness? That is what Gina Schöler and Daniel Clarens asked themselves during their studies of communications design in Mannheim, Germany. The ministry of happiness turned into their final project. In the meantime Gina Schoeler works in her profession but kept her role as reigning minister.

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Julian Schwokowsky Oben

We do nothing to create making.  Interview with painter Julian Schwokowsky

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German version below / Deutsche Version unten

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. “In my opinion I can learn from every person that I meet. It might be the kebab seller or a child. That describes pretty much my attitude in this world: I consider everybody as a possible role model.

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Studio Leadership: Creating an Environment for Creativity

Kirsten Gay Business, Insights, Organization 1 Comment

Eric Schmidt, former CEO and now Executive Chairman at Google, once put it this way: “Let’s be clear about what we are claiming: As business becomes more dependent on knowledge to create value, work becomes more like art. In the future, managers who understand how artists work will have an advantage over those who don’t.[1] Philippe Rixhon, a leader at the junction of arts, business and technology, also comments that “many business sectors would benefit from adopting some of the theatre world’s basic creation practices related to innovation leadership.

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