I watched the film Man On Wire for the third time the other day with some of my students. The previous week I had noticed that while some were charging ahead with the project that I had set for this semester, others were floundering. They seemed to be unable to generate enough interest or ideas to get the ball rolling. This got me thinking about creativity and inspiration and how an understanding of the processes involved in making art are slow to unfold for some students. There are so many threads that need to be woven together. Basic skills and techniques and an understanding of materials, composition, form, tonality, colour harmony, concept and subject to name a few. But it seems to me that the most important thing that needs to exist beneath or before all of this, is passion. The energy and drive that results from passion will make all of the other things follow as a natural progression.
I wanted to show my students a film that portrayed the creative process, the passion, the poetry and the way that an idea can germinate and unfold and lead to extraordinary things. Man On Wire came to mind as a perfect example.
The film did not disappoint. I did not tell the students what it was about. As well as watching the film, I also observed their responses. There was plenty of laughter and sounds of wonderment and incredulity. Many of them leaned forward in their chairs. I think they were spellbound. The class had a whole new energy afterwards.
Thank you Philippe Petit. What you did up there, dancing in the space between those twin towers, was utterly mad and inspired. An extraordinary example of what a human can think up and do. Why? There is no why and how beautiful is that?
Friday, 29 July 2011
Man On Wire
I work with paint, linen, timber, paper, ink, pencil, wood, plaster, string, sticks, charcoal, glue, cardboard, collage, photography, pigment, music, poetry, words, ideas, dreams and whatever else is needed to get the job done. I like to use my brain. I know some things and there is plenty more that I don't know or am in the process of learning. I like to share information and inspiration and exchange with other like minded folk. I intend to keep creating until my bucket is kicked. I like the idea that this blog could generate discussion or exchanges of a creative nature. Please feel free to comment or communicate if you would like to.