Creative Practice

Welcome to the second issue of Season 2! MADE HERE explores the creative practice of our featured artists. We hear about where artists go to find inspiration and about unexpected sources of inspiration. Then, company members and individual artists offer their opinions on the pluses and minuses of collaborating with others versus working alone. Lastly, we delve into the many different processes and philosophies that artists adopt to develop their work.

 

The three episodes for this issue are: Inspiration, Collaboration, and Process.
 

Discussion Topics

Season 2 Episode Feedback

Unexpected Inspiration

Together vs. Solo

Your Process

Resources

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Where do you go to find inspiration? If possible, shoot a video or photo of that place? Tell about your creative process.

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episode 1: Inspiration

Being an artist requires a consistent outpouring of new ideas and images. Inspiration can come from a moment, relationship, object, vision or observation. It is the artist’s job to allow these influences in, and to harness them for creative work. 

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News

The Art of Creativity

An influential 1992 article on the psychology of creativity. The authors look in depth at the process of creative discovery.

Radiolab: Me, Myself, and Muse

Elizabeth Gilbert and Oliver Sacks on making peace with your creative muse.

The important role of artists communities

A Denver Post article on the important role of artist communities and residencies.

STREB: How to Become an Extreme Action Hero

From The Brooklyn Rail, a review of Elizabeth Streb’s part memoir, part-manifesto "How to Become an Extreme Action Hero."

Interview with Black Eyed Susan

A 1988 feature in BOMB Magazine. The actress discusses her life, practice, and the meditative effect of applying stage make-up.

The Viewpoints Book: A Practical Guide to Viewpoints and Composition

Review of theatre director Anne Bogart’s influential book on the viewpoints methodology.

The Wooster Group Work Book

The Wooster Group shares rehearsal methods, resources, and reflections on how they operate and develop their work.

Creative Pairs

From "To The Best of Our Knowledge" on Wisconsin Public Radio, a look at the collaborations between famous creative duos.

The Creativity Crisis

Research shows that creativity among American children is declining.

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Organizations

Res Artis

Network of artist residency programs.

Artist in Residence

Resources for artists looking to collaborate on projects related to science, technology and business

Alliance of Artist Communities

Online listing of artist communities and residencies.

OurGoods

OurGoods is an online resource for bartering creative work. Users post skills they can offer, or skills they need. Also on the OurGoods site is Trade School, a project where students barter with teachers for classes.

DANCE NYC

Online directory of NYC dance companies, choreographers, rehearsal spaces, and dance schools.

Puppeteers of America

National online listing of puppetry companies and resources.

List of NYC Acting Schools

An up-to-date list of NYC acting school and coaches from BACKSTAGE.COM.

New York Media Arts Map

List and interactive map of NYC based media arts organizations, and resources for media artists.

New Dramatists

Supporting and developing new playwrights since 1949.

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Research

Collaborative Arts: Conversations on Collaborative Arts Practice

An online platform for discussing the collaborative process. Includes research, essays and resources for artists.

Institute for Distributed Creativity

Resources, links, and research on collaborations in media, technology and theory.

Creativity and Leadership

A research paper on how creative expression may be associated with a perceived lack of leadership in working environments.

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Season 2 Episode Feedback

What did you think about the episodes?

  • Pete McCabe said:

    “in creating art one get’s the benefit of being looked at, but also the responsability of telling the truth”  Someone much smarter than me said that.
    In the short story Hellscreen, it shows what someone is willing to do to tell that truth as he sees it.  It ends up killing him.  I don’t think you have to die to tell the truth, but its personal toll can have ramifications far beyond one’s expectations; even to the disolution of the self.  Creating art is about more than not being paid well.  What “truth” is… is seemingly undefinable.

    03/05 - 06:40 PM

  • Gabriela Poma said:

    Am just getting through the new videos. Wonderful and so inspiring. This angle: the daily life of an artist.  No one gets to see the difficulty, the hard work, they things given up for art. And to get a glimpse at the intimate parts of their lives is such a privilege.

    03/14 - 02:32 AM

  • laura peterson said:

    About labels and identity: Young Jean Lee’s comment was really gratifying and made me think that a label can be something one earns. It can reflect an amount of discipline and focus in one’s work that leads to a title. Playwright. Choreographer. Whatever it is, which is not to say that it cannot be a blend or a new term, but that it can have weight and purpose and structure.

    03/29 - 08:56 PM

  • Soon-Young Yoon said:

    Love the trailer for the madehere project. Looking forward to more…so important a contribution to history.

    04/07 - 12:05 AM

  • Cheri Magid said:

    I have been loading up on watching made here and am totally addicted. It’s so reassuring to hear others talk of the same things that you deal with and encouraging to see the ways different people live as artists.

    04/07 - 12:06 AM

  • Alex Zafiris said:

    I watched the latest Made Here series. I love the new categorization themes—identity, labels… such a great idea.

    04/07 - 12:08 AM

  • Oscar said:

    You did not work on it, or can’t do it.I work in the US for 5 years and back and work in a world class Ads agency in Thailand. I have seen and works on a lot of stuff. I agree Thai peolpe and AE care too much about stylize. I make me sick everyday I hear their comment. They have not idea about design fundamental. Totally opposite when I work in the US, they strongly care about design principle no matter what projects are. All Typography are well structure, never let any un-editing work out to clint hand, because it show how civilize they are as a real professional not a student work.

    08/21 - 05:34 PM

  • Jaime said:

    An Arts ThinkTank: This is exactly what an Arts Council shloud be. I’m sure you’ve noticed how often the Fraser Institute is cited on various issues. Do we ever here from the BC Arts Council? A Vancouver City Arts Council could be a powerful voice, but only if it’s made up of fearless, intelligent, and energetic advocates for the arts in all economic and social sectors.

    08/22 - 02:44 AM

  • Kyomi said:

    How beautiful that you caeutrpd history and beauty of the island.  I remember loving Hanappepe and want to get back there soon.  Meanwhile, am overjoyed with the opportunity to hang out withCherise et al.  Cheers for the beautiful photos.

    08/22 - 07:27 AM

  • Anggita said:

    Funny week.  When I checked in last week, I meenointd feeling disconnected, so I was glad to see this week being about connection. I didn’t think that this week’s exercises were that useful, but I do have to say that I am feeling much more connected again, and much more positive about my creative pursuits.  Weird.

    08/22 - 04:04 PM

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