Episode 98: How has cyberspace transformed creativity?

Within the “consensual hallucination of cyberspace” which we call the internet, a creative explosion is taking place.  We have access to an immense range of audio-visual arts, stories, poetry, music…and new combinations of these.  And the internet has also made it possible for us to create art in new ways and then share it with, literally, the WORLD.


This week Clay and Sarah consider the multitude of ways cyberspace has transformed creativity as well as our ideas about what it means to be ‘an artist’.


In this episode:

* how the internet has changed our access to art, and therefore the great creative ‘pot’ from which we can draw inspiration to ‘remix’

* how everything truly is ‘a remix’

* online artists that mix art with life, and life with art

* the fractured identity of the artist in cyberspace

* much much more…


The basic elements of creativity have, of course, always been the same.  We have always created images of the important aspects of our world.  We have always told stories, made music.

The series ‘Everything is a Remix’ adds an interesting element to our understanding of this creative process. It claims —

”The act of creativity is surrounded by a fog of myths.  Myths that creativity comes via inspiration, that original creations break the mold, that they are products of geniuses.”

In fact, it is the process of combining existing elements — existing materials, subjects, styles etc — in a new way that brings true creativity and innovation.

Henry Ford famously said, “I invented nothing new. I simply assembled the discoveries of other men behind whom were centuries of work.  Had I worked 50 or 10 or even 5 years before I would have failed… to teach that a comparatively few men are responsible for the greatest forward steps of mankind is the worst kind of nonsense.”

So how has cyberspace changed creativity?  Perhaps it has just given us more possibilities of what we can attempt to ‘Remix’.

What do you think? Do you find it easier to share your creativity with all the possibilities online? (Do you remember a time when this wasn’t possible…haha! That will show your age!)