Monthly Archives: November 2006

what is an artist?

who is an artist? that was a question posed yesterday.

here’s my working definition for today:

an artist is someone who repeatedly and over extended periods of time expresses her or his experience, knowledge, talent, skill or other internal processes to design unique objects, processes or points of view. most artists are internally driven to operate in this manner and are uncomfortable in situations that do not allow for self-expression.

what do you think of this definition, gentle reader? what would you Continue reading

the 10 paradoxes of creative people

pre-eminent psychologist mihaly cziszentmihalyi about the ten paradoxes of creative people. here’s an abbreviated version:

1. Creative people have a great deal of physical energy, but they’re also often quiet and at rest. … One manifestation of energy is sexuality. Creative people are paradoxical in this respect also. They seem to have quite a strong dose of eros, or generalized libidinal energy, which some express directly into sexuality. At the Continue reading

art and psychology

in this month of concentration on the arts, i’m amazed at the many topics i didn’t touch. here’s a few of them

… and what else could i have talked about?

isabella mori
counselling in vancouver

all in the service of art

this nervous running and rubbing,
gargling and popping of eyes,
fingers racing up and down, legs twitching,
coffee-coated tongue and smoke on grey teeth:
all in the service of
yellow-stained thumb pressing down again and again
until the colour stays
– where is it where is it
i knew i had it here –
the glue, under the papers? fell in the garbage?
give him more wine, red, bulgarian, and some ouzo, too, all in the
service of
so beautiful …………..
it will mesmerize people for centuries …

this is a poem i wrote a little while ago, remembering the times Continue reading

darfur emergency

for today, i want to interrupt our usual topics and post this letter here that my daughter just wrote to everyone she knows. the motto of my practice is making lives better, making better lives. let’s make better lives for the people in darfur.

Millions of people are at death’s door in Darfur right now. Millions. Please, send letters to your mayors, your govenors, your members of congress, senate, to Cheney, to Bush – for us Canadians, your MP’s, MLA’s, your Premiers, Harper. If you can’t send letters to them, find Continue reading

IT “artists”, ideas, creativity and therapy

as commented on earlier, creativity is certainly not limited to artists. or maybe it’s more that we need to enlarge our concept of who is an artist. these people here are IT/media artists.

doc searls, the man who is sometimes credited for coining the statement “markets are conversations” started Continue reading

alternative learners: artists

tonight i’m preparing a presentation to teachers about alternative learners. alternative learners are people whose learning processes are different from most of their peers. they’re often called dyslexics, or people with learning disabilities. the problem with using the term “learning disabilities” is that it implies that Continue reading