In my short film, I depicted a couple breaking up and moving on. Do you believe people really ever move on from a breakup?
Hi! My project focused on the places at Lehigh people go to seek out their potential space. Each picture is a space mentioned by the person interviewed, and it is meant to represent the feelings they get when they access their potential space. Do you have a potential space at Lehigh? How would you describe the feeling you get when you go there? What does it evoke?
Katie Blum and Cole Callahan
What does curated creativity mean to you?
How do you believe that social media has changed throughout the years?
What are the consequences and benefits of social media?
Is posting on social media being creative?
After a major tragedy like the riots presented in the beginning of the film, many cities and people in lower income areas kind of give up on their town or move because of how broken down it is. But in this film, some people who just decided to dress as clowns and dance created such a movement that people almost forgot about it. Why? and How? Dance has created an escape for many in the past but after a riot as bad as this one, it seems like there could have been other ways to lift spirits but this way was so effective and so important to the community, my big question remains, how are these people who lost so much, so able to just remove it from their minds during these dance battles?
The film presents dancing as a way for the people of Los Angeles to express their frustration and release their negativity through the art of dance. Some of the dancers spoke about feeling oppressed and angry by the lack of after-school options, and they agreed that dancing was a positive alternative.
Growing up in a low-income neighborhood, I had a chance to see some of the ideas that were discussed in the film. Lack of after-school activity led to many students loitering and hanging around with people they should not have. My town decided to combat this problem by building a game room into a local library that was walking distance away from my neighborhood.
While dancing in LA and the game room in my home town prevented the students from being exposed to gang violence, they do not solve the underlying problem. There are clear systemic issues with how the city treats its people. The low-income families are left to their own device, far removed from the luxuries and amenities that the middle to high-income families enjoy from the same government. In LA, lack of education and the constant presence of gangs are the key issues, while income disparity was the major issue in my town. The best example of this underlying issue can be seen when an innocent girl was murdered due to “being at the wrong place at the wrong time.” What does Rize say about the systemic issues of LA? Should we accept dancing as the perfect alternative? These are the questions that I couldn’t stop thinking about as I watched the film.
Although most people would not associate creativity with sports, it is very much ingrained into every part. Athletes who can see the passing lanes before anyone else or visualize a play before it even develops are examples of how creativity can directly influence the outcome of each game. In my opinion, following as a fan is a very interesting experience in observing the creative side of sports because you can follow how creative destruction can impact the game.
Take for example the revolution of baseball due to sabermetrics. By introducing advanced statistics, teams began to prefer a certain style of play, which led to a major shift in the demographics of the league. Basketball and focus on efficiency, along with football and physical testing are other great examples of how non-athletes have affected the athletes. By brainstorming and debating the different trends and schools of thought, I find myself also finding more creative solutions that become opinion as a fan.
Music is one of the most important elements in my life. I am so passionate about the music I find and listen to, and I use it as a way to express myself emotionally and creatively. I often spend excessive amounts of time on Spotify discovering new music and artists, because finding new songs that I love excites me. I also love to share songs and artists with other people because I think music provides a great platform to connect and relate to the people around me. A few months ago I discovered Samm Henshaw, a fairly new and young artist in the industry who is slowly gaining popularity. If you haven’t heard of him I would definitely check him out; not only is he incredibly talented with his music, his music videos are extremely cool and creative and he has easily become one of my favorites. I linked my 2 favorite videos below, watch them!
I recently read this piece on Man Repeller about the show Bob’s Burgers. It detailed how therapeutic the cartoon is and how nice it is to just watch a show where all of the characters are unabashedly themselves. To me, that is what creativity is at its core. When you can be fully yourself and embrace all of your personal attributes, I think only then you can reach your fullest creative potential. The article was talking a lot about self acceptance and relatability. I think through art sometimes we seek our truest selves, whether consciously or subconsciously I believe this to be true. So, watching a show like Bob’s Burgers where the characters are so confident and accepting of themselves can allow us to feel the same and be more creative with our work.