Workshop on creativity - Ortigia, Sicily / by Brian Goeltzenleuchter

From Paintings for Drowning Men Deck of Cards

Task: Direct a concert or a play.

When I was a young guy and would imagine all the weird stuff I would later do as an artist, this was exactly the sort of thing I had in mind. Two artists and 30 post-doc scientists in an 18th century palazzo. Eureka course on Translational Medicine. Ortigia, 2015. With Anna van Suchtelen

Our workshop focused on the mental dispositions as well as the control of time and space that is needed for one to "fall" into a creative zone. This clip is an excerpt of one of the improvised group performances created by the 2015 class of students. What I liked, in part, about this performance was that this group of six students had roughly ten minutes to conceive of a concert or a play, which used the rest of the students as actors. The students had only known each other for two or three days, so shared experiences were limited. Their solution? To go parody some of the very serious and consequential course material in the form of a puppet show. Not bad for a bunch of scientists, or anyone, really!

 For further context on the project and its relationship to Eureka Institute for Translational Medicine, see this post.

Workshop clips. A more complete set of photos will not follow because we lost ourselves in the moment and forgot to document the process like good artists...

Workshop clips. A more complete set of photos will not follow because we lost ourselves in the moment and forgot to document the process like good artists...

Undeniable evidence that I don't make everyone miserable all the time.

Undeniable evidence that I don't make everyone miserable all the time.