Hussein Chalayan, Peter Saville Accuse Fashion Corporates of Crushing Creativity

LONDON — How is technology impacting creativity, and what does it really take to disrupt an industry that’s reaching saturation point?
Frieze Academy brought together a series of creatives — ranging from Kim Jones and Hussein Chalayan, to graphics expert Peter Saville and sound designer Michel Gaubert — to argue those questions in a series of talks held at the Royal Academy of Arts on Friday.
Chalayan, one of the first designers to incorporate technology into his work and present moving garments in his famous “Geotropics” collection in 1999, said technology’s impact on the arts hasn’t necessarily been a good thing.
He described wearables as “tacky” and highlighted the growing interest of handcrafted techniques: “It’s such a cliché to be chasing 3-D printing now. I liked it at the beginning, but not anymore, it no longer feels expensive somehow,” Chalayan said.
He also touched on the influence of the Internet and social media, talking about the “sense of entitlement,” that the easy access to data has created in younger generations.
“Are you really learning by Googling something?” he said, adding that social media and the rise of fashion conglomerates have both dampened creativity. Chalayan said  there is less room today to speak up, take risks and

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Creativity From the Chaos of Hurricane Maria

One year later, artists in Puerto Rico and those attached to the island talk about how the devastation and its aftermath influenced their work.
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‘Last Defense: The Genius of Japanese Meiji Metalwork’ Review: Creativity Forged Anew

A simple installation bears beautiful witness to the mastery achieved in the Edo period and the creative resilience that followed in the Meiji Restoration.
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Golden Globes’ Black Dress Code Means More Creativity, Social Statements

The call for actresses to wear all black to the Golden Globes now has an official name — Time’s Up, an initiative formed by 300 of the most prominent women in entertainment, including everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Shonda Rhimes. And it’s more likely than not that designers will fall in line to accommodate them — even when the overarching message is asking audiences to focus on something other than the dress for one night.
“There are actresses who have called designers directly to request their [previously chosen] dress to be made in black,” said longtime stylist Jessica Paster, who is dressing several Globes-bound women. “Designers have always bent over backward to accommodate an actress if they can, and this is an amazing time to be a woman, so I think they will do whatever needs to be done. It’s not about the designer — it’s about the meaning behind the movement.”
Naeem Khan is one such designer. A dress he custom-designed for presenter Christina Hendricks was originally made in gold.
“This was a big challenge in my world because everything I do is made by hand. As you can imagine, when you have 20 people working on a dress and you only

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Karl Lagerfeld on Longevity, Work Ethic and Creativity

Karl Lagerfeld needs no introduction. It stands to reason that everyone in the room to see Lagerfeld receive the John B. Fairchild Honor on Tuesday evening is well aware of his legendary work for Fendi and Chanel — not to mention his own label. In conversation with WWD’s executive editor Bridget Foley, Lagerfeld talked about what has made his decades-spanning tenures at Fendi and Chanel possible. A big part of it: hands-off management and cushy work conditions. Lagerfeld has never had to rush to the subway at 7 a.m.
Perhaps the audience was slightly less familiar with Lagerfeld’s pre-Chanel history. The John B. Fairchild Honor was far from the designer’s first experience with the man after which the award is named. As Lagerfeld recalled, he first met the legendary chairman and editorial director in the late Fifties, when both lived in Paris, Lagerfeld working at Patou and Fairchild managing WWD’s bureau there. “He was not really keen on what I did,” said Lagerfeld of Fairchild. “Because, you know, I must admit I was bored to death.” At Patou he was required to create only two collections of 56 dresses a year.
“That is not a lot for a young man,” he said.

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At Creativity Explored, Artists With Disabilities Express Their Own Sexuality

“Just because someone has a developmental disability doesn’t mean that sense of sexuality is non-existent.”
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Daily Affirmations: Discover Endless Creativity

Daily Affirmations: Discover Endless Creativity


Finding your creative genius can lead to fulfilling and exciting work. This guide is intended to get you beyond the mental hurdles preventing you from being your most creative self. This is a transcript for the audiobook (available in February 2014). The audiobook includes inspiring music set to these powerful affirmations, making it easier for you to find your muse. You can also find the self-hypnosis version of this guide at all major online retailers: Discover Endless Creativity: Self-Hypnosis with Binaural Beats, Relaxing Music and Subliminal MessagesThe affirmations in Discover Endless Creativity: Self-Hypnosis with Binaural Beats, Relaxing Music and Subliminal Messages are also most effective accompanied with the audio book. As you listen to the affirmations, the audio will take you through three different hypnosis techniques. The first section of the audio book focuses on self-hypnosis in a meditative state. The binaural beats induce a relaxed state, helped along by other soothing melodies. The combination of sounds and vibrations help to seep the information into your subconscious mind as you take in each affirmation. The second section is meant for listening before bed. Since information consumed before going to sleep has been shown as easier to recall and digest, the affirmations in the second section are best listened to before or during sleep. They are specifically designed to be tranquil and more mellow than the daytime version. The third section can be listened to either during the day or at night, as they contain subliminal affirmations, binaural beats that stimulate the subconscious and relaxing music. Each section is designed to help you change your current thinking patterns into thoughts that help you achieve your creativity goals.

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How to Master Your Mind in 100 Minutes: Increase Productivity, Creativity and Happiness (Collins Shorts, Book 8)

How to Master Your Mind in 100 Minutes: Increase Productivity, Creativity and Happiness (Collins Shorts, Book 8)


Collins Shorts – insight in an instant. This short shares the secrets of the personal development course pioneered at Google that teaches you how to instantly relax your mind whenever you want, develop unbreakable concentration, and have complete self-control. Participants say it changed every aspect of their life – and new research shows it starts in just 100 minutes of practice. This title is part of a series of ebooks for the wisdom-craving, time-pressured reader, who appreciates expert content but wants it in a stylish package and to the point. This ebook will work on all e-readers but delivers its full punch on devices that support colour and animation.

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Raf Simons Thinks Fashion’s Obsession with Speed Is Strangling Creativity

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Pharrell, Pusha T Propel Creativity With Adidas and L.A. Kids

THE NEW SUPERSTARS: Rap music fired up more than 200 artists, athletes and students to get creative with Pharrell Williams and Adidas at Los Angeles’ Milk Studio on Saturday night.
Using the athletic company’s Original Superstar sneaker as a canvas, guests dug into a tote bag of tools provided by Adidas, which wanted to see how the Millennials would reinvent its signature shell toe detail. Each unique design was then digitally printed onto an actual pair of shoes and projected as the backdrop for a surprise performance by rapper Pusha T, one of the five influencers hand-picked by the multifaceted Williams.
“The goal was for Adidas to open up doors and provide a platform for young creative minds to, you know, bring their ideas into fruition and to see that it could be done,” said Williams, who enjoys an ongoing collaboration with Adidas that lets him show not only his artistic side but also his progressive views on society and culture.
“It’s just a way to be with the culture, with the kids and with the people,” Pusha T said. “We’re pushing creativity, and getting to see the youth.”
The event embodied Adidas’ fall campaign motif of creating for an audience of one, something exemplified

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The Vacation Creativity Book: Games, Cut-Outs, Art Paper, Stickers, and Stencils

The Vacation Creativity Book: Games, Cut-Outs, Art Paper, Stickers, and Stencils


Vacations mean travel, and kids can travel in their imaginations to the seashore, the country, or to faraway cities like Paris. This activity book gives them pictures to color, vacation scenes to create with stickers, puzzles to solve, and lots more! This title in Barron''s growing list of Creativity Books is filled with fun projects to keep kids cheerfully occupied on rainy days, on lengthy car trips, or during quiet time at home. Its features include– Games, puzzles, stencils, sticker sheets, and an illustrated gatefold page for sticker decorating Special pull-out art paper and art projects to complete Pages for coloring Fun-to-answer quizzes Each Creativity Book has a distinctive theme to capture specific interests of boys and girls. Illustrations on virtually every page include 40 pages in color.
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Computers and Creativity

Computers and Creativity


This interdisciplinary volume introduces new theories and ideas on creativity from the perspectives of science and art. Featuring contributions from leading researchers, theorists and artists working in artificial intelligence, generative art, creative computing, music composition, and cybernetics, the book examines the relationship between computation and creativity from both analytic and practical perspectives. Each contributor describes innovative new ways creativity can be understood through, and inspired by, computers. The book tackles critical philosophical questions and discusses the major issues raised by computational creativity, including: whether a computer can exhibit creativity independently of its creator; what kinds of creativity are possible in light of our knowledge from computational simulation, artificial intelligence, evolutionary theory and information theory; and whether we can begin to automate the evaluation of aesthetics and creativityin silico. These important, often controversial questions are contextualised by current thinking in computational creative arts practice. Leading artistic practitioners discuss their approaches to working creatively with computational systems in a diverse array of media, including music, sound art, visual art, and interactivity. The volume also includes a comprehensive review of computational aesthetic evaluation and judgement research, alongside discussion and insights from pioneering artists working with computation as a creative medium over the last fifty years. A distinguishing feature of this volume is that it explains and grounds new theoretical ideas on creativity through practical applications and creative practice. Computers and Creativity will appeal to theorists, researchers in artificial intelligence, generative and evolutionary computing, practicing artists and musicians, students and any reader generally interested in understanding how computers can impact upon creativity. It bridges co.

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Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future

Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future


Hailed by Bruce Sterling as "a political activist, gizmo freak, junk collector, programmer, entrepreneur, and all-around Renaissance geek," the Internet’s favorite high-tech culture maven is celebrated with the first collection of his infamous articles, essays, and polemics. Irreverently championing free speech and universal access to information–even if it’s just a free download of the newest Britney Spears MP3–he leads off with a mutinous talk given at Microsoft on digital rights management, insisting that they stop treating their customers as criminals. Readers will discover how America chose Happy Meal toys over copyright, why Facebook is taking a faceplant, how the Internet is basically just a giant Xerox machine, why Wikipedia is a poor cousin of "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy," and how to enjoy free e-books. Practicing what he preaches, all of the author’s books, including this one, are simultaneously released in print and on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their reuse and sharing. He argues persuasively that this practice has considerably increased his sales by enlisting readers to promote his work. Accessible to geeks and nontechies alike, this is a timely collection from an author who effortlessly surfs the zeitgeist while always generating his own wave.
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Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future

Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future


Hailed by Bruce Sterling as a political activist, gizmo freak, junk collector, programmer, entrepreneur, and all-around Renaissance geek, Cory Doctorow is the Web''s most celebrated high-tech pop-culture maven. Content is the first collection of Doctorow''s infamous articles, essays, and polemics.

Here''s why Microsoft should stop treating its customers as criminals (through relentless digital-rights management); how America chose copyright and Happy Meal toys over jobs; why Facebook is taking a faceplant; how Wikipedia is a poor cousin of The Hitchhiker''s Guide to the Galaxy; and, of course, why free e-books kick ass.

Accessible to geeks and noobs (if you''re not sure what that means, it''s you) alike, Content is a must-have compilation from Cory Doctorow, who will be glad to take you along for the ride as he effortlessly surfs the zeitgeist.
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Your Miracle Brain : Maximize Your Brainpower, Boost Your Memory, Lift Your Mood, Improve Your IQ and Creativity, Prevent and Reverse Menta

Your Miracle Brain : Maximize Your Brainpower, Boost Your Memory, Lift Your Mood, Improve Your IQ and Creativity, Prevent and Reverse Menta


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Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity

Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity


It has never been easier or more fun for students to compose, improvise, arrange, and produce music and music-related projects than with today’s technology. Written in a practical, accessible manner, Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity offers both a framework for and practical tips on the technology tools best suited for encouraging students’ authentic musical creativity. Author Scott Watson makes a compelling case for creativity-based music learning through eight teacher-tested principles that access, nurture, and develop students’ potential for musical expression. Example after example illustrates each principle in a variety of music teaching and technology scenarios. Watson also includes practical ideas for technology-based creative music activities, locating lesson plans and other resources, and assessing creative work. The book provides detailed plans for dozens of attractive projects, each linked to MENC National Standards, and also offers suggestions for making adaptations according to grade level and technology proficiency. Additionally, it includes a valuable section of resources with tips for setting up a computer music workstation, a plain-language description of how digital audio works, and a music education technology glossary. Most of the activities described can be carried out by novice users with free or low-cost music applications. The book also features a comprehensive companion website with dozens of audio and video examples as well as many downloadable worksheets, rubrics, and activity files. Visit the companion website at www. oup.com/us/musicalcreativity.

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Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity

Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity


It has never been easier or more fun for students to compose, improvise, arrange, and produce music and music-related projects than with todays technology. Written in a practical, accessible manner, Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity offers both a framework for and practical tips on the technology tools best suited for encouraging students authentic musical creativity. Author Scott Watson makes a compelling case for creativity-based music learning through eight teacher-tested principles thataccess, nurture, and develop students potential for musical expression. Example after example illustrates each principle in a variety of music teaching and technology scenarios. Watson also includes practical ideas for technology-based creative music activities, locating lesson plans and other resources, and assessing creative work. The book provides detailed plans for dozens of attractive projects, each linked to MENC National Standards, and also offers suggestions for making adaptations according to grade level and technology proficiency. Additionally, it includes a valuable section of resources with tips for setting up a computer music workstation, a plain-language description of how digital audio works, and a music education technology glossary. Most of the activities described can be carried out by novice users with free or low-cost music applications. The book also features a comprehensive companion website with dozens of audio and video examples as well as many downloadable worksheets, rubrics, and activity files. *Author: Watson, Scott *Publication Date: 2011/07/28 *Number of Pages: 336 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 8.50 *Height: 11.00

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Kandinsky on Creativity

In 1916, in an essay vaguely titled “On the Artist,” the painter Wassily Kandinsky provided a precise and thorough analysis of the difference between conceptual and experimental artists.

Proposing to provide clarity in a turbulent time for art, Kandinsky pointed out that the common distinction between “modern” and “old-fashioned” artists was not a useful one, because the division changed with every new fad. He argued that what was needed was an enduring taxonomy, based on the recognition that “through the whole history of art two kinds of talents and two different missions are simultaneously at work.”

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Kandinsky in 1913. All images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Kandinsky’s fundamental distinction was between virtuoso artists and creative artists. The former was facile and protean:

The virtuoso has a brilliant, versatile talent that is extremely sensitive to every impression, reacts very strongly to everything beautiful, and with the greatest skill and ease develops in many directions – often completely different, sometimes contradictory.

The virtuoso’s art was based on imitation:

Unable to create in isolation, he needs outside influence…The virtuosos form “schools”…Such artists are like starlings who do not know a song of their own, but imitate more or less well that of the nightingale.

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A Village Street (1908). All works by Wassily Kandinsky.

In contrast, the creative artist was a single-minded individualist who matured slowly:

The creative artist comes into the world with his own soul’s dream. The justification for his existence is the materialization of this dream. His whole talent exists merely for this goal alone. Therefore, it is stubborn, seemingly unpliable, adverse to impressions, does not let itself be carried away by the trends of the day, stands apart, is misunderstood and underestimated, and is initially overlooked. Such artists are often bad students in school, do not want to obey the teachers, often fail their exams, and are considered less talented even by their friends. They see other art and everything else around them with their own eyes. When they speak with the help of nature, they do so in their own way, and even here cannot conform to the currently accepted “correct principle.” Thus, in the beginning of their careers and often for many, many years, they are considered “second class” artists.

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Composition VI (1913).

But the creative artist persevered, and slowly achieved greatness:

The creator of the new walks straight ahead on his own difficult path. When later on the art historian looks back at the artist’s career, he sees a straight line. He sees that from the beginning the line and the color remain the same, and that during the course of the work they develop, purify, concentrate, and are brought to perfection.

It is clear that Kandinsky’s brilliant, versatile, protean, precocious, imitative, and ultimately superficial virtuoso is the artist I have called conceptual, while his stubborn, individualistic, single-minded, persistent, original, late blooming, and eventually triumphant creative artist is the experimental innovator. Kandinsky did not categorize individual artists in this 1916 article, but it is not difficult to infer some of his assignments from earlier writings. So for example in his celebrated book of 1912, On the Spiritual in Art, he described Cézanne as “the seeker after new laws of form,” who had “the gift of seeing inner life everywhere.” In contrast, he described Picasso as “led on always by the need for self-expression, often driven wildly onward,” making frequent abrupt and radical changes of style that baffled even his “incredibly numerous followers.”

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Composition VII (1913).

In 1916, the experimental Kandinsky was living in Russia, where he was overshadowed by the conceptual Kazimir Malevich and his many followers, and it is not difficult to see his comment that virtuosos formed schools as a bitter reference to Suprematism. He would later complain to an interviewer that in Moscow paintings were being made in laboratories.

Although he clearly felt neglected, Kandinsky consoled himself in 1916 with the thought that his achievement in pioneering a meaningful and beautiful form of experimental non-representational art would ultimately be greater than that of the very different form of conceptual abstraction created by the more protean and flamboyant Malevich. Thus he concluded that the creative artist “will still realize his dream in one way or another, as long as the dream remains alive within him. Thus unlike the virtuoso, he needs inner development.”

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Where Common Sense Meets Creativity (DVD)

Where Common Sense Meets Creativity (DVD)


Where Common Sense Meets Creativity explores the delicate balance between science and practical application, and how it relates to the most confusing part of the equation—the fitness professional’s clients. The DVD reviews training philosophies, concepts, and exercise progressions in detail. The DVD recommends innovative and progressive ways for fitness professionals to improve the health of the people with whom they interact. While diversity within health/fitness programs is always encouraged, a delicate balance needs to be maintained between common sense and creativity. Having such a balance allows exercise program participants to maximize their potential and minimize their risk of injury by working smarter to an enhanced level of health and fitness. Among the topics covered: welcome to the battle, look at the big picture, painting the portrait for your client, Newton’s Law had nothing to do with it, “You Want Me to Do What,� and picking the right exercise. Produced in cooperation with IDEA Health & Fitness Association.
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Walmart Sparks Creativity with Everyartist Live!

On Nov. 21, 2013, hundreds of thousands of kids across the country participated in Everyartist Live! by creating artwork about gratitude. Learn more about how Walmart and the Walmart Museum are working with Everyartist.me to spark creativity nationwide. Subscribe for more great videos: http://youtube.com/walmart.
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