The Architecture of Creativity
A 2013-14 interdisciplinary University of Toronto class taught by Rick Miller exploring contemporary concepts of creativity and the role of the creative individual in society.
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, 2013-2014
JIA 400: THE ARCHITECTURE OF CREATIVITY
AN INTERDISCIPLINARY EXPLORATION OF THE CREATIVE MIND
INSTRUCTOR: Rick Miller
SYNOPSIS: An interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate class exploring the concept of creativity, leading to a collaborative installation/production directed by Miller.
FORM AND CONTENT: Throughout the session, students will examine contemporary concepts of creativity and the role of the creative individual in society. Building from the work of extraordinary artists and scientists, students will be encouraged to explore and expand upon their own creativity, even outside of their respective disciplines. Emphasis will be given to process over product, and to the common architecture of theatre, music, cinema, fine/visual art and new media. Throughout the session, invited guests will share their insights into creativity. Students will also be encouraged to attend selected live performances and art exhibits, as well as to participate in Miller’s own collaborative process for his upcoming projects. For the latter half of the term (Jan-April 2014), they will collaborate on their own interdisciplinary installation/production, directed by Miller, but created and ‘performed’ by the students.
OBJECTIVE: To better access the creative mind in order to approach the world’s problems and to actively engage in democratic society. Miller will stress the importance of broad, playful, omni-creative thinking that challenges received wisdom, generates new ideas, and breaks through traditional barriers between disciplines and cultures.