Sebastiano Lazzari. Trompe l'oeil still life

Insights and Perspectives

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What has inspired Age of Artists in the last month? Exciting, entertaining and controversial findings from the world wide web. Things that attracted our attention in January:

A great example of an effort to bring artists and engineers together to exchange and to jointly develop ideas this month comes from Bosch. The global Player is connecting technology and creativity at the new research campus in Renningen. Watch them explain the new office concept, how it encourages innovative ideas and supports cooperation:

Cheryl Conner, entrepreneur and communications expert from Salt Lake City, says that more than ever, authentic communication is vital to business.

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Robert Caney Fantastic Mountainous Landscape with a Starry Sky

The Battle in your Brain: Our Links of the Month

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What has inspired Age of Artists in the last month? Exciting, entertaining and controversial findings from the World Wide Web. Our Top Picks of the Month: things that attracted our attention in September.

This BBC-Documentary about the functionality of the creative brain. 58 minutes packed with research results and interesting facts about the battle insight vs. analytics and how to be most creative.

Slightly shorter than the first recommendation is another video content: The Video by BBC Look North (Yorkshire) shows musicians that moved into a school in Leeds and everyone expected the children to make progress in music.

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Alles wird gut (Norbert Bisky)
Alles wird gut, Norbert Bisky

Interview with Norbert Bisky: “There is no such thing as talent”

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During our conversation with Norbert Bisky one thing becomes obvious rather quickly: In his opinion, art has nothing to do with elitism. Everybody could become an artist if he just wanted to. In this context Bisky doesn’t think much of common cultural activities. “You can find those questionable processes everywhere which hinder people to participate in something and especially in arts. You got talent? This is a senseless question because you don’t need talent for arts. You don’t need it but it could actually harm you.” And later during the interview: “There is no such thing as talent. That’s one of the myths which came up to hinder people to participate in something.” Obviously these views makes him a very interesting conversation partner. He is a painter and considered an important contemporary artist of Germany. At the end of the last year we went to visit him in his studio in Berlin and we asked him how he got into art and why he kept doing it.

Age of Artists at the DMI Design Management Conference Europe & Intersection 15

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Design to Align is the motto for this year’s combined DMI Design Management Conference Europe & Intersection 15 that take place April 28th – 30th in Berlin, Germany. At Age of Artists we are very much looking forward to contributing to a great event by leading a master class, an interactive and collaborative learning format introducing and discussing our findings on how to learn from creative disciplines for better outcomes in business and society.

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Bijenkorf The Hague

Touch Points: How Business and Other Disciplines can Learn from Art

Dirk Dobiéy Business, Education, Insights, Organization 0 Comments

Over the centuries many touch points between art and business or other disciplines have been described and explored to various degrees. At Age of Artists, we deal with those connections that are reported to lead to better outcomes in business and society. This is what we have found so far:

  • Representation, branding, and social responsibility
  • Work-life-balance and community building
  • Artistic intervention and Artists in Residence
  • Teaching Artists and/or Arts-Based Learning
  • Art-based principles, practices, and processes at work

Representation, branding, and social responsibility.

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Giovanni di Paolo The Creation and the Expulsion from the Paradise 1445

The Purpose-Built and Value-Based Organization

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Looking at business and society today many ask what the score for modern organizations should look like? At Age of Artists we suggest five objectives for modern organizations that are the foundation for what we call the purpose-built and value-based organization:

  • Innovation – an organization needs to constantly innovate
  • Experience – an organization needs to target a seamless and delightful experience for all stakeholders
  • Social responsibility – an organization must contribute to a healthy society – locally and globally
  • Sustainability – an organization must attempt to secure for further generations, not destroy
  • Bottom Line – an organization must be able to sustain itself and its people

For businesses, it is obvious they must keep a sharp focus on their bottom line, as simply without that, they will not continue to exist, whereas art can exist theoretically without it.

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Jacek Irzykowski Kreola

Insights from Art on Engaging with Wicked Problems

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One way to look at our modern world is as a gigantic collection of problems. Many of these problems might be personal and very well defined (e.g. how do I get to the office on time today?) while others are much higher complexity (e.g. those associated with geopolitical or ecological issues.)  A view of the world as full of problems is not a pessimistic view in any form but, instead, one that highlights the action-oriented and dynamic nature of our natural and man-made worlds. 

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Factory Concert bv the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hietaniemi, Helsinki, ca. 1945

Art-Based Processes: A Unique Contribution to Problem Solving in Many Areas

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Art-based processes have the potential to make a unique contribution to problem solving in many areas and on various levels–in combination with other approaches–to re-establish a desperately needed balance. We believe such an approach can help in three major areas:

Challenges in a global society of individual people: making progress with wicked problems. Many challenges in the world are extremely complex and referred to as wicked problems. Success in addressing them as a global society is more likely when an artistic mindset and processes are applied.

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Philippe Rixhon Emma Louise Rixhon

“Impoliteness means challenging any ideas and convention“ Interview with Philippe Rixhon

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Philippe Rixhon, thought leader at the junctions of art, business and technology says you cannot manage innovation. Innovation isn’t about management; it is about creating an environment that nurtures innovation. This speaks to why corporations repeatedly try to manage innovation and repeatedly fail and why some large conglomerates are maybe better off not even trying. As provocative as this viewpoint may sound the same as exciting are the insights, perspectives and stories Philippe provided during the extensive interview Age of Artists was able to conduct with him, for instance when talking about challenging ideas and convention: “Impoliteness is contrary to political correctness.

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