The Rotten Lemon of Enlightenment


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/

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Personal Creative Process after thought…

This post follows on from Personal Creative Process.

I know it’s late but if I can’t sleep and I’m in bed my mind goes into overdrive. I often go to bed during the day just to replicate the effect if I’m working on a creative project. It’s been a pretty enlightening couple of days for me as I’ve been able to see over and over again how spot on Harman, J. (2011)’s five rules of creativity are when compared to my own creative process.

If I had known how my creative process and mind worked in high school I might just have enjoyed my English classes. Much to mine and my teachers frustration I barely passed English tests, in class essays and exams yet would more often than not top the class or even the year with my home written assignments. I remember constantly being asked why I couldn’t even capture a small amount of that success. It was very frustrating for all involved and I found it quite disheartening because I didn’t have an answer. What makes sense now was that the tests, in class essays and exams turned my creative process upside down then shuffled it a couple of times and removed a couple of key stages entirely. No wonder I almost failed every year! That right there is a very profound revelation. Though it doesn’t explain my terrible spelling…maybe next weeks lecture will explain that. I wonder if I can claim this unit as therapy with my private health insurance?

So John if are reading this thank you.

Actually, Mark I know your reading this not because you have to… well actually it probably is because you have to but that’s besides the point. If you could pass the message on it would be much appreciated.

References

Harman, J. (2011) Personal Creative Process: John Harman. http://sandbox.ea.ecu.edu.au/staffuse/mtmcmaho/CCA1103/CCA1103L3/index.html