White Space Creativity

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white space Skissernas Museum University of Lund Lund, Sweden6 November 2013 Denise R. Jacobs

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In visual arts and graphic design, white space is fundamental to allowing a creation to exist, by creating delineation and focus. Similarly, in our lives, creativity often sprouts from the "white space" of time: the moments in our increasingly busy schedules between activities and thoughts that allow the subconscious to better absorb and connect information. Clearly, in order to be more creative, we need to open up this "in-between" space in our lives, but once we've done so, how can we best capitalize upon the brain's natural creative capacities? In this talk, we'll explore several counter-intuitive and potentially subversive methods for leveraging this "white space" to foment innovative thinking creative productivity.

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Skissernas Museum ∙ University of Lund Lund, Sweden∙ 6 November 2013

Denise R. Jacobs

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@denisejacobs

#skissernasmuseum

#whitespacreate

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My own blocks caused me to binge-create

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But I was still afraid: am I truly creative?

Photo: Denise Jacobs

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After writing this…

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I had an epiphany

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In terms of

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We ALL hold the power

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It’s highly valued

http://business.time.com/2013/04/26/the-time-creativity-poll/

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I’ve decided it’s my life work

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THE CANVAS The State of the Create

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What’s our most important tool for creating?

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Precisely.

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Time

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Attention

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Focus

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However, what happens is this

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And you run

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Can’t access all of your great ideas

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When we are in the creative flow

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We are alchemists

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Creativity is newness produced.” - Sir Ken Robinson, Out of Our Minds

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It feels like

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Creativity is magical, but it is not magic.” - Dr. Charles Limb, Your Brain on Improvisation TED talk

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NEGATIVE SPACE Perception & Lies

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It starts early

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Age 6

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Dad

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Mother & Sister

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Me? A graphic artist

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Age 10

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Oldest friend in the world

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Age 12

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Camp Whip-poor-will

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My genetic heritage

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Mom: 5’11 Dad: 6’3

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Taller than everyone, all the time

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Age 24

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Happy graduation! Now what?

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First airplane ride!

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Internalized the critical voices

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These lies that we tell ourselves

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Leave parts of us paralyzed and imprisoned

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Adds up

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GIVE & TAKE Creativity and Power

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Power

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Afraid?

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We’re powerful

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Overwhelmed

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Instead of using it fully

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Try to contain it

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We give our power away

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NOISE & CLUTTER Distracting Complications.

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Internal

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Look outside ourselves

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Distractions

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Addicted to hyperconnectivity

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Intermittent reinforcement

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Unclosed mental loops

http://www.psychwiki.com/wiki/Zeigarnik_Effect

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Hyperconnectivity gives us the perception of getting more done. It makes us feel like we're doing more, because we're using every free moment of every waking hour.” - Jonathan Fields

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Unleash it?

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Multiple places at once

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Bored =

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Seeking distraction/entertainment

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Something else

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The in-between

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Allows creativity to blossom

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Genius is the offspring of the in-between.” - Jonathan Fields

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CLARITY Changing Focus

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Maximize

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A balanced brain

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Integrate

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Neurons firing well

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Know your Brainwaves

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Alpha: the gateway to creativity

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Spacing out

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Daydream

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Mindless activity

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Being prone

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Showers

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Get physical

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Breathe to refocus

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Laughing

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Playing/Fun

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When you are playful, you are activating the right side of your brain. The logical brain is a limited brain. The right side is unlimited. You can (do and ) be anything you want.” - Madan Kataria, The Laughter Guru

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Instead of this

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Intend Alpha

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When your brain is supposedly doing nothing, it’s really doing a tremendous amount.” – Marcus Raichle, Neurologist

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THE INVISIBLE Aid from the Unseen

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Sometimes dabbling in mysticism can be a fun way to understand and solve a problem.” - Carl King, So You’re a Creative Genius, Now What?

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Natalie

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From the mind of a 4yo

Photo courtesy of Laura Bohill (@LauRARbee)

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A little help from (imaginary) friends

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Travel our internal lands

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Your subconscious

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One form of a genius…

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Another form of a genius

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Daemon

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Muses

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Mneme – Memory Melete – Practice or occasion Aoide – Voice

The Three Original Muses

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Muses were thought to be the true speakers for whom an artist is merely the mouthpiece. Muses were also thought to inspire people to do their best.

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Mneme (Memory)

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Melete (Practice/Occasion)

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Aoide (Voice)

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The spirit of the idea

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Ideas want to take form

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The world is being circled by ideas and creativity that wants to made manifest and are looking for portals to come through…” - Elizabeth Gilbert

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Ideas use us (not vise-versa)

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Listen

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Converse

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Trust is everything.” - Scott Berkun, The Year Without Pants

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Voila!

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CHOOSE How will you move forward?

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The choice is yours

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How you use your creative brain power

“Untitled” by Americo Morales

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Creative flow lies in-between

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True.

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Reclaim our power

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Value yourself, ideas, and process

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Moving forward

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Creativity makes day to day experiences more vivid, more enjoyable, more rewarding. When we live creatively, boredom is banished and every moment holds the promise of a fresh discovery.” - Mihali Csikszentmihalyi, Creativity

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Leverage white space

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The End…?

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