sábado, 7 de julio de 2012

Why Creativity Necessitates Eclecticism: Nick Cave’s Influences

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What Dostoevsky has to do with the hunchback of Notre Dame, Muhammad Ali, and dandelions.
As a firm believer in combinatorial creativity, I’m always interested in theecosystem of influences and how we honor those who inspire us. Reader Will Shaw points me to this handwritten note by music icon Nick Cave entitled “More Things to Remember…,” courtesy of Melbourne’s Arts Centre, in which Cave lists some of his influences. Will writes:
It is clear that Nick Cave was only able to reach his significant artistic heights through appropriating idea’s and aesthetics from his heroes and influences and melding them into something uniquely powerful.
 

I agree, and am delighted to see such a diverse tapas bar of influences spanning multiple disciplines, genres, and eras, including Brain Pickings staples likeAlfred HitchcockVladimir NabokovOrson WellesMuhammad Ali, and Moby-Dick, sprinkled with such wildcards as Saint Theresa of Avila, Popeye, dandelions, and baboons.
No doubt designer Paula Scher, author William Gibson, and artist Austin Kleoncan all relate to this eclecticism implicit to and, they might argue, necessary for creativity. I certainly do.

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