The first three lectures of my University career were reassuring (that I’m not completely out of my depth) but also re-emphasised the fact that nobody can do well without serious thought and effort. I’ve made very few notes from each lecture but I feel as though I have come away having consumed what I was supposed to.
The first lecture in the series seem to be putting the task of learning to be creative in context. The main point I took away with me was that experimentation is a key asset and only by practicing can you actually move yourself forward in your creative ability. I think playing these two quotes off against each other will produce an effective working strategy without constraint on scope;
“The more I practice the luckier I get” (Gary Player)
“Chance or guess work can sometimes produce better work than systematic procedure. But you can’t depend on them” (the Universal Traveller)
Learning in this style is completely new to me (my ‘A’ level subjects included Maths, Physics and Computing) but it has had a significant impact on my thinking. Thinking of creativity in terms of the mind at play, or the ability to be spontaneous and surprising, as simple as it is represents a step forward for me. Previously the majority of my success has come from systematic experimentation until a satisfactory result is achieved, now I can continue to do that but also expand upon it significantly. My thoughts on the subject are still rather chaotic though.
Intrigued by the Alvin Toffler book, Futureshock. I should read it.
I came away from the second and third lectures having had the slightly chaotic feeling, that was swimming around my head after the first lecture, calmed down completely. A system behind the chaos has been clearly defined, what it is to be creative or to improve ones creativity is now much more tangible for me.
Since the lecture I have been working on jumping the synaptic gap and indeed, I think I’ve succeeded with a few things.
In addition to the Interactive Arts lectures I have the option to attend another lecture each Friday (on changing subjects, literature and media based, it seems). Bill Rob is wholly excellent at delivering his lectures.
The first was about the use of various systems and techniques in writing. Specifically exploring what was the first novel to be written, and how it represented a shift in popular writing.
Although completely out of my depth, missing a lot of the references and language that Bill Rob was using, I can see the value of attending these lectures; it was very inspirational. Also Bill Rob’s amazing delivery and ability to articulate his points with finesse, gives me an idea of how I would like to be able to perform, should I need to to be my own advocate for my art.