October 31, 2008
On Artistic Production and ‘Flow’
1. Reading (from Handout)
“Chapter 5: The Flow of Creativity” from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced "chick-sent-me-high-ee") Creativity: Flow and the psychology of discovery and invention, Harper Collins 1996.
2. William Kentridge
Read the article/interview and watch the following youtube videos on William Kentridge. Be prepared to discuss. Consider how his work follows the concepts described in the reading.
3. Activity and Response
a) Write up a plan for your artwork production for the week that will simulate the process of ‘flow’ described in the reading. This should be in a written (with optional graphics/drawings). (100-200 words)
b) Work for 7 hours straight without interruption. Normal needs like bathroom breaks, meals, etc are fine, but you should not be receiving or sending phone calls/messages, checking email, or doing anything that will break your concentration on making work.
c) Write up a reflection on this process- specifically describing how your experience relates to the 9 elements from pp. 111-113. (400 words)
Meet in Estabrook to discuss and share new works from 7 hour production time.
See Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi
See this video of Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi, where he asks, "What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow."