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So what is the Visualfunk blog?

Well its part blog, part newsletter and part something else. What it won’t be is BORING.

The Visualfunk blog is a mix of:

  • What’s happening in the wide world of creativity
  • Interviews with inspirational people from all areas of the creative world: arts, advertising, music and sport and more
  • Practical steps to develop ‘creative teams’ and unleash creativity in your organisation and life
  • Applications of creativity and innovation in organisations
  • Latest research on creativity and innovation from around the world
  • Cool and quirky things to see and experience  
  • Guest writers and contributors
  • And plenty more!

March 09

What’s cool and creative?
Post your secrets
This is a great concept that has been around for a while but has had press recently in Australia. It is an ongoing community arts project where where people
mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard.  It is then scanned and posted on this website click here.

It ponders some great questions around story telling, art, communication, emotion, self expression and creativity. The postcards are not vetted and as such there is an endless variety in what you see and read. Some may be confronting, some hilarious and some crazy.

What is interesting is the effect it has on the reader/viewer. There are massive triggers on the imagination.  What are the stories behind these secrets? How long have they had that secret? Who are they?

What is most telling is that it is really popular. There is a need for people to be able to express something about themselves in a creative way – and for the rest of us to have a sticky beak!

Have a look and enjoy!

In the press
Aelita Andre – child artist
There was a recent case of the works of a 2 year old’s work being accepted by a commercial art gallery as part of a group show. There have been various responses to this, depending on your views on Modern Art (I can hear my Father’s words in my ear now….)

What we liked about this is the questions it poses about creativity. Pablo Picasso said that “Every child is an artist; the problem is how to remain an artist when he grows up”. This supports the theory (and that of Visualfunk) that we all have a massive amount of creativity as children. It’s a natural thing. As we get older, we learn NOT to be creative.
Before he knew they were the works of a child, The Melbourne Age’s art critic, Robert Nelson’s first impression was "credible abstractions, maybe playing on Asian screens with their reds. They’re heavily reliant on figure/ground relations."
Later, after learning Aelita’s age, Nelson said he was not particularly surprised. "I have kids and when they were little, I used to do lots of painting exercises with them.” Nelson said that he could go to any primary school and pick out some credible work from among the portfolios. Aelita’s father admitted that most young children never had the opportunity to create art using proper materials and if others were given the chance, there likely would be more art like Aelita’s.
Essentially, Aelita was doing was what just comes naturally to a 2 year old. Being creative, having fun and being guided by her instincts. I wonder what is possible if we all tapped into our creative instincts a little more – something we all had in abundance as 2 year olds, before we learnt to be “uncreative”.

So a hoax, a miracle or a child doing what comes naturally?
To read more click here.

Something to see
The Archibald Prize
With a history of almost 100 years, the Archibald has stood the test of time is one of Australia’s best known art exhibitions. This year’s winner was a portrait of Indigenous singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu by Guy Maestri. Always controversial and contentious, it’s a great exhibition to spend some time in front of.
It’s on at the Art Gallery of NSW until 24 May. For more information click here.

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