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  1. 1. CREATIVITY AND AUTOBIOGRAPHY History of Autobiography Everyone has a story, Everyone needs a voice. What makes people despair is that they try to find a universal meaning to the whole of life, and then end up by saying it is absurd, illogical, empty of meaning. There isnot one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person. Anais Nin We need not measure ourselves by the experience of others, but rather we need seek and speak our own unique truth.
  2. 2. ANAIS NIN Born in France Multicultural Family Upbringing Self Taught Abandoned by her father when very young Distraught , she began a Diary as a letter to her estranged father Became a famous 20th century writer of poetry and prose, a continuous novel exploring the inner lives of women. Feminist Most famous for her Diaries which spanned from childhood to the day she died.
  3. 3. CREATIVITY AND AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN HISTORY 17,300 years ago 900 works of art embedded deep within the earth. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/lasc/hd_lasc.htm
  4. 4. Lascaux Cave Paintings a series of interconnected caves in southwest France
  5. 5. http://www.ancient- wisdom.co.uk/Images/countries/French%20pics/lascauxmap.gif Another map view
  6. 6. Pigments made from minerals and include red, yellow, black, brown, and violet. Painting tools may have been made from strips of moss or hair or chalk-like chunks of stone or raw color. The surfaces appear to have been covered by paint blown directly from the mouth or through a tube; color-stained, hollowed-out bones have been found in the caves. http://www.lascaux.culture.fr/index.php?lng=en
  7. 7. ANCIENT HAND PRINTS Mysterious and beautiful images embedded in dark caves reveal the attempts of humans to speak of their lives
  8. 8. THE HUNT Mostly images of animals; may have been records of the hunt
  9. 9. WOUNDED MAN Records of life and death
  10. 10. HORSES Records the beauty of the creatures in their world
  11. 11. A CLIP FROM THE DOCUMENTARY "CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS" BY WERNER HERZOG.
  12. 12. PETROGLYPH NATIONAL MONUMENT NEW MEXICO THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST
  13. 13. NATIVE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST
  14. 14. MYSTERIOUS SYMBOLS: WARRIORS?
  15. 15. CORN STALKS?
  16. 16. WHAT STORIES LIE BEHIND THESE IMAGES?
  17. 17. TRIBAL DRESS OR ALIENS?
  18. 18. DENSELY PACKED IMAGERY PRACTICE DRAWING WALL OR RECORD OF EVENTS?
  19. 19. SHEEP?
  20. 20. ANCIENT EGYPTIAN HIEROGLYPHICS
  21. 21. ANCIENT EGYPT the furnishings for a rich mans tomb included statues and pictures of himself, and a first person account of his life carved on tablets and walls. Tristine Rainer Your Life as Story Pharoh Narmer Menes
  22. 22. THE PALATTE OF NARMER MENES CHRONICLES THE PHAROHS TRIUMPH OF THE UNIFICATION OF UPPER AND LOWER EGYPT
  23. 23. In the era of the New Kingdom mummies were entombed with their autobiographies clutched to their breasts. Tristine Rainer Your Life as Story Some mummies show tatoos. Are these part of their stories?
  24. 24. WENI THE ELDER TOMB ENSCRIPTION Everyone who has studied ancient Egyptian history is familiar with the autobiography of Weni the Elder, an enterprising individual who lived during the 6th Dynasty of the Old Kingdom (ca. 2407-2260 BCE). His inscription, excavated in 1860 from his tomb in the low desert at Abydos in southern Egypt, enthusiastically describes his long service under three kings, culminating in his appointment as "True Governor of Upper Egypt." http://www.umich.edu/~kelseydb/Publicatio ns/spring2000/abydos.html
  25. 25. WENI THE ELDERS TRANSLATION
  26. 26. EARLY CHRISTIAN MEMOIRS The Confessions of St. Augustine An admission of his sins and his longing for God
  27. 27. WENI THE ELDERS TRANSLATION Autobiographical writings of ancient Eqyptians were meant to accompany them to the afterworld as testaments of their good deeds to deem them worthy of entry into heaven.
  28. 28. EARLY CHRISTIAN MEMOIRS ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO THE CONFESSIONS OF ST. AUGUSTINE Born November 13, 354 AD within Roman Empire in Africa An admission of his sins and his longing for God Shift from singing ones praises to humbling oneself in the sight of God But my sin was this, that I looked for pleasure, beauty, and truth not in him but in myself and his other creatures, and the search led me instead to pain, confusion, and error. (I.20.1)
  29. 29. SECULAR AUTOBIOGRAPHIES 16TH C Benvenuto Celini Florence Renaissance Goldsmith/Sculptor Writing shifts to a focus on the exploits of the self with an ample Sampling of bragadocio Cellinis stories are filled with Swashbuckling stories Adventure, and tales of ego. This man who tells here the story of his life was a murderer and a braggart, insolent, sensual, inordinately proud and passionateJohn A. Symonds Introduction
  30. 30. UNITED STATES EX SLAVE NARRATIVES Approximately four million Americans enslaved in the United States were freed at the conclusion of the American Civil War. The stories of a few thousand have been passed on to future generations through word of mouth, diaries, letters, records, or written transcripts of interviews. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/snhtml/snhome.html http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/voices/title.html
  31. 31. FEMINIST MEMOIRS Elizabeth Cady Stanton Stanton (18151902) Feminist Abolitionist 1830s and 1840s Chronicled in her autobiography her growing awareness and activism regarding civil and womens rights.
  32. 32. ONE OF THE EARLIEST KNOWN AUTOBIOGRAPHIES BY AN AFRICAN WOMANAUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN AFRICAN PRINCESS The book follows Massaquoi, born the daughter of the King of Gallinas of Southern Sierra Leone in 1904, to Liberia, Nazi Germany and the segregated American South, where she wrote her memoirs while enrolled at Tennessee's Fisk University.
  33. 33. FIRST AFRICAN FEMALE AUTOBIOGRAPHER Born to an African king in colonial Sierra Leone at the beginning of the twentieth century, Princess Fatima Massaquoi lived an extraordinary life that encapsulated the contradictions, upheavals, and unprecedented opportunities of her time. Beginning with her lovingly recounted memories of growing up in Liberia, it follows her to Hamburg, Germany, where she pursued an education and forged friendships, but also experienced the racism, terror, and nationalistic fervor that accompanied the Nazis' rise to power. In the face of these mounting dangers, Massaquoi traveled to the United States, where she furthered her studies, embracing her newfound freedom even as she observed deteriorating conditions in the segregated American South in the early years of the civil rights movement. Spanning continents and cultures, this narrative introduces us to a truly remarkable woman while offering a fascinating window into the complex history of the twentieth century.
  34. 34. VINCENT VAN GOGH STARRY NIGHT
  35. 35. WHEAT FIELDS
  36. 36. LETTERS TO THEO VAN GOGH Painting of Vincent and Theo by Uraguay Artist Jorge Sosa Campiglia
  37. 37. FROM CAVE PAINTINGS TO GRAFFITI AND STREET ART
  38. 38. KILROY WAS A GRAFFITI CHARACTER ASSOCIATED WITH THE GIS OF WWII Engraving of Kilroy on the WWII Memorial in Washington DC
  39. 39. TAGS REMEMBER MY NAME
  40. 40. MEMORIALS
  41. 41. SWOON AND THE SECRET https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5298KZuW_JE The Genesis of Possible Worlds maybe theres kind of a slightly different world existing right where we are and your just need to have a sort of perceptual shift in order to see it
  42. 42. JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT Graffiti Artist Street Artist Book Artist
  43. 43. ARTICLE IN SUNDAY NY TIMES MARCH 9, 2015
  44. 44. POEM FROM RECENTLY DISCOVERED JOURNAL OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT A narrative poem from his journal alluding to the trials of addiction and the creative process
  45. 45. UNDISCOVERED GENIUS OF THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/30/undiscovered-genius-of-the- mississippi-delta_n_5234962.htm
  46. 46. NEO-EXPRESSIONISM
  47. 47. Many Stories Many Roads to Speak Your Truth - Creativity and autobiography go hand in hand - Creativity is autobiography whether the story is embedded in image or text -Truth vs Fiction Both have their place Autobiography draws from both fact and imagination - In this course you are encouraged to approach autobiographical writing from many perspectives. - As you explore your own stories you are welcome to explore your facts, your myths, your dreams, your imaginings - -