When asked how he became an artist, Renard looked at us, slightly puzzled, before answering: “This is a difficult question. I don’t really know how we become artists”. After a short pause, he finally added: “All I know is that at some point in my life and studies, I studied in Beaux-Arts. Once there, I think that I have seen some workspaces, some thoughts where I realize that I belonged there. At least I think I meant to belong there.
“My work is mainly about emotions” answered Hélène Picard, when asked about her inspirations. The French Painter and Sculptor, who studied visual and Fine Arts at Beaux-Arts Paris, materializes in her artworks her way of feeling and perceiving people, atmosphere of an environment, etc. “Whatever I see, I can receive very strongly and deeply […] Even if you see a landscape. For me a landscape represents some inner emotions. It is a way of constructing a bridge between both, the external elements and what we have inside of us”.
Hans-Jörg Rheinberger is a scientific historian. He not only has a humanistic background in sociology, philosophy, and linguistics, but also a life science background in biology and chemistry. Since adolescence, he has been writing poems and essays. From 1997 to 2014, he was director at Berlin’s Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science.
In his research, Rheinberger mostly occupies himself with the nature of the experiment and experimental systems, a term he coined for configurations which contain uncertainty, unpredictability and the state of not knowing, “One has to look at them as places of emergence, as structures that have arisen from the development of the sciences in order to discover the unimaginable.
Imagine yourself a career where you play in a rock band as a teenager before starting an apprenticeship in a bank. Being a qualified bank employee only causes you one problem: You don’t feel challenged enough. So why not mastering the entrance examination at the music conservatory in Karlsruhe to become a pianist and music teacher?
Well, this career exists and marks just the beginning of Sabine Schaefer’s journey that continues further today.
What has inspired Age of Artists in the last month? Exciting, entertaining and controversial findings from the world wide web about art, artistic thinking and ideas. Things that attracted our attention in november:
The AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE (AAAS) recently published an article about researchers that explored the nature and nurture behind creative geniuses. The author Andrea Korte anticipates that geniuses may be born with certain advantages for thinking “outside the box,” but the right environment also can encourage revolutionary thinking.
The Israeli painter Zohar Fraiman, who lives in Germany, developed her skills from Jerusalem to Berlin. Influenced by painters, among them Edgar Degas and Balthus, and the society where she grew up, our conversation with her emphasized the importance of inspiration, focus, intuition and perspectives.
Although Fraiman always felt the need to be a painter, she does not come from a family of artists instead they are more geared towards business and entrepreneurship.
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.
What has inspired Age of Artists in April? Exciting, entertaining and controversial findings from the World Wide Web. Our Top Picks of the Month:
The word creativity was invented in 1926. But does creativity exist at all? Maybe extraordinary solutions come from ordinary people doing ordinary thinking? Learn more about “The End of Creativity”.
However it´s not the end of ideas, but sometimes there is a low tide.