The Rotten Lemon of Enlightenment


Creative Project #005

 

Jims creative self

 
I downloaded GIMP this morning for my photo manipulation needs. It’s very similar to Photoshop but free! Not because it’s an illegal download or anything sinister like that. It’s actually an open source program created by users for users. GIMP is also a way better name than Photoshop too!
 
Now armed with the correct software I had another crack at the photo I took of dad (Jim). It turned out much better this time. The next question is how I am going to present/display these portraits. Will they have a graphic design feel or a visual arts approach…
 
Let me know what you think!
 
References
 
GIMP – The GNU Image Manipulation Program
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Creative Project #003

Running with the portrait idea for my creative project I thought a brief five question questionnaire about creativity would add a level of intimacy to the project.

After throwing ideas around with Franco for a bit we were able to get a ‘flow’ going. Bouncing ideas off each other, building on some, acknowledging others and finally refining it to the questionnaire. The whole process lasted about five minutes. The time it took to walk from class to the cafe for Franco‘s regular coffee fix.

I love how the creative process is rarely linear. I thrive in the chaos of refining ideas from a swirling mess of information. I actually had an interesting conversation about this last night. The messy vs neat debate. I represented messy and Peter represented neat. He liked everything structured so it could be put away, out of sight and easy to find. I on the other hand liked everything out, around me and within sight. I like to feel connected to everything at all times. This applies to the physical world as well as my inner thoughts. Might have the neat or messy question on the questionnaire.

The first draft of the questionnaire.

First name?
What do you consider creative?
Rate your level of creativity out of 10
Are you messy or tidy?

More questions to come. Please feel free to leave your responses or suggestions for questions.



Spoors vs Religon

This week’s lecture by Dr Glen Spoors on Mythopoesis was…well…different. Like his last lecture the rate of information being thrown at you was quite overbearing but at the same time extremely interesting. I found myself constantly drifting away from the presented material and fixating on Spoors’s rather odd childhood understanding of the world. He was basically left to discover and figure out the world himself with very little outside guidance. With an extremely active imagination even by a child’s standards is it really any wonder that he came up with a very fantastical world view?

Spoors, G (2011) stated on several occasions that his family wasn’t religious and was I assume, brought up without the teachings of any religion. I find this of particular interest as while I do not believe in any religion I was brought up on christian beliefs. Would Spoors’s world understanding been different if he had been brought up with a religious background? I have always been of the belief that religions are more trouble than they are worth but for the first time I began to wonder and challenge that idea. Religions basically help people understand their purpose, place, how the world functions and even how it came about. Which is exactly what Spoors seemed to be missing and compensating for. Without these stories to explain the world he simply came up with his own. Not all of which turned out to be healthy. At the time however they made sense and helped him deal with the complexities of life. So would Spoor’s childhood been any different if religion was involved? Let’s face it Religion is a lot more interesting to a child with Gods and superpowers than science and monkeys! It is also in a nice little package. I one stop shop so to speak.

This is all very speculative and just my opinion but it did keep me thinking well after the lecture had finished.

Would be really interesting to hear others thoughts on the subject.

References

Spoors, G (2011). Glen Spoors – Mythopoesis
https://jmdirstein.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/week_5_mythopoesis.pdf

Religion-The-Creation-of-Man. (n.d) In Google Images [Digital image]. Retrieved April 6, 2011, from; http://religion.lilithezine.com/images/Religion-The-Creation-of-Man.jpg



Photomedia and the Creative Personality

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Who said being a student was easy!

 

This week’s lecture by Juha Tolonen entitled Photomedia was in one word… bad. I guess it was inevitable when considering the quality of the last two lectures that something had to give. Last semester I did CMM1108 and Jung. J (2010) gave some very good advice in regard to presentations; “You’ll be lucky if the audience remembers one thing from your presentation”. This advice really helps the presenter focus their presentation and really emphasises the need for clear points. Juha’s had neither. I found myself wondering the entire time where is this going and more importantly what did he want me to take away from it? So much so when we were asked if we had any questions at the end I was tempted to ask that very question. I chose not to because I didn’t want to come across as being a smart ass or embarrass Juha as that wasn’t my intention. It was obvious he struggled with today’s lecture so there was no need to remind him of that in front of a hundred or so students. What I would have liked to see was more of his creative process and how it applied to his work. Much like a case study he could have taken us through a body of work from idea/concept to final works or exhibition. That’s assuming he was aware of his creative process in the first place which doesn’t always seem to be the case with creative types. With a clear focus I think Juha could really turn this presentation into something special but as is it was a bit of a disaster!

References

Jung. J (2010) CMM1108 – Communication and Digital Technology

Tolonen, J. (2011) Photomedia
https://jmdirstein.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/juha_tolonenlq.pdf

sleeping. (n.d) In Google Images [Digital image]. Retrieved March 25, 2011, from; http://www.lalalalaurenlikes.blogspot.com/