Create: Day 58
Let ideas cross-pollinate.
As you know, yesterday’s Create: Day 57 post was entitled “The Seventh Steal.” Cinema fans will immediately recognize the word play on Ingmar Bergman’s famous film The Seventh Seal, an appropriate reference on Day 57 since the film won the 1957 Juror’s Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
This film is a good illustration of what T.S. Eliot encouraged artists to do.
“The good [artist] wields his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different than that from which it is torn.”
Bergman took the title of his film from a passage in Revelations, “And when the Lamb had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.” And he stole the outline for this movie…from himself.
He’d written a play “Wood Painting” for some acting students, adapted it for radio, later put it on stage. Finally, much changed, it became The Seventh Seal.
Bergman was also inspired by Picasso’s picture of two acrobats, by fescoes at a church, and even by music: Orff’s Carmina Burana and Strindberg’s Fold Sagas and To Denmark.
The Seventh Seal is a film that has inspired generations of filmmakers. Some serious, some in parody. Woody Allen’s done a good job with the parody, as has the Monty Python troupe, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, and even the Colbert report which has a recurring sequence taken from the famous scene in which Death plays chess, “Cheating Death with Dr. Stephen T. Colbert D.F.A.”
Art cross-pollinates. What do you take inspiration from, and how will you shake it up to make something new?
Today, write down the names of three works of art that you admire. Steal something from each…but make it new.
Hey, you ask, what’s with the logo for Cats, the long-playing popular Andrew Lloyd Weber musical?
T.S. Eliot might be proud, given his feelings about art, adaptation, stealing and originality. The musical Cats is based on T.S. Eliot’s 1939 book of poetry, Old Possums’s Book of Practical Cats.
Create Month 2
What to do so far:
In case you missed a day, the reminders below are clickable.
Don’t put off creativity.
Use your limited experience with unlimited imagination.
Don’t worry about the destination.
If you’re stuck, lower your standards and go on.
Take a creativity vacation.
Value your creative visions.
Moodle every other week.
Fill out Creative Project Completion Plan I.
Fill out Creative Project Completion Plan II.
Fill out Creative Project Completion Plan III.
Track project reality versus guesstimates.
Practice seeing creatively.
Keep a creative project box.
On the Ides, I’d rather be…
Your materials don’t make the masterpiece…you do.
Be creative 7 days a week.
Get happy…and more creative.
Don’t envy fellow creatives.
Protect your creative time and space.
Track nonessential time.
Don’t swallow myths about creativity.
Get happy. Be creative.
Join a creative tribe.
Make another creative collage.
Don’t give up or worry about age, do innovate.
Steal the inspiration; make the transformation.
Let your art cross-pollinate.