The path to creativity

Julia Cameron’s book “The Artist’s Way” is an excellent guide to the creativity. I got to know Julia Cameron’s books a few years ago, and since then I have had the habit of writing Morning Pages: three pages of stream of consciousness as soon as I wake up. According to Cameron, creativity is a child playing, and the Morning Pages are part of the creativity exercise, in which creativity is lured out gently.

Cameron presents a number of different exercises, and many of them sound quite simple and easy to implement. For example, the color exercise I did in the following way: I chose the color green, and I began to write what comes to my mind.

Foliage, which the sun filters through
Fern curved tips
Cale withered leaf, which serves dew drops
Avocado split surface
Velvet, moss, wine bottle
Chinese platter, a pair of Egyptians slippers
Lipstick shell, mint drops box
The door of my childhood home
Wooden jewelery box
Photo album

In this exercise, it was amazingly clear to see how the subconscious works. The first associations are accurate observations, but not at all personal. More detailed remarks follow, and eventually the memories will become more personal. Stream of Consciousness usually works like this for me. When you at first write current forms of mental images out of the way, consciousness may arise in something important.

The Alternative Plot

In recent times it has been really hilarious to follow Facebook phenomenon called The Alternative Plot. Finnish page quickly got 50,000 followers and the English version is also active. The idea is simple: Block letters from a publication cover. Create a synopsis for the new literary work.

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Rudyard Kipling‘s The Looks is a book of style, hair and skin care, if you happened to live in the midst of wolves.

The Alternative Plot Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1521032864836662/

See what all people’s imagination can come up with!

Everyday Sounds

I read an article that the Finnish Literature Society is looking for descriptions on the sound environments. Soundscapes in urban and rural areas are rich and intense. A specific location, time, work or everyday chores associated soundscape affect our experiences and memories.

It is a winter morning and I’m alone in a quiet apartment. Is there any sounds? Yes, I hear the sounds of at least the following:

The tram creaks

The front door bumps

Snow falls from the roof

Tap is dripping

Cat is purring

Keyboard is rustling

Bridge Builder in Germany

Originally posted on Culture Export Management:

Finnish Institute in Germany was founded in 1994. It is located in the center of Berlin near Friedrichstrasse Station. The Institute works as a forum for Finnish culture, science and the economy in German-speaking Europe. It offers collaboration and networking and organizing various cultural events.
We gather together in Institute’s bright and modern exhibition space. Marimekko textiles in interior design and the Moomin topics on the wall make us feel at home.  Our hostesses at the Institute welcome us in a friendly and warm way, and the sun broke through the clouds to add a bright atmosphere. We are meeting Emma Aulanko, Manager for Cultural Affairs, Anna Kondracka, Intern for Arts and Anna Saraste, Intern for Study & Internships abroad. They tell us about the exhibition which is currently on display. Soon ending exhibition “Buchstäblich” (Literally) presents photographs of the diversity of reading, and the Finnish typography.

The “Buchstäblich” is…

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A Glimpse on life of an Artist

Originally posted on Culture Export Management:

The last visit of the first day in Berlin is with visual artist Niina Lehtonen-Braun. She graduated from Fine Arts Academy, Helsinki, in 2000. From the year 2000 she has lived in Germany, with her artist husband Ulu Braun and their two children. Niina does mainly collages, but her production includes also video art, installations and performance art.

Niina’s studio is in an apartment building in Wedding, which was mentioned as the new artist district. The gentrification in many districts of Berlin is increasing the property values and rents and makes the artists to search cheaper locations. Exhausted from keeping up with the schedule and all the excitement of the day, we are pleased to sit down and have a peaceful moment with Niina. We sit in a semi-circle, as if the campfire, to listen to Niina telling us about her art and living in Berlin. On the walls and…

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Then we take Berlin

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We Culture Export Management students are traveling to Berlin in November!

Originally posted on Culture Export Management:

Berlin has been the scene of many significant historical turning points over time. It has been the capital of many different form of government, and during the Cold War it was divided in half. Now it’s back to the capital of a united Germany, and at the same time it is one of the most important cultural cities in Europe. Berlin is an excellent culture travel destination and a great choice of Culture Export Management Group on a study trip in early November.

The trip is in about three weeks, so now we can begin to tune in to the theme. We can experience the atmosphere of Berlin through the culture. Countless books and movies are located in Berlin during different time periods. The most significant works are located in Berlin depicting turning points in the history through Berliners’ eyes. This history is still visible in today´s Berlin, and it…

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Sisältö (Twitter-tehtävän osa 4)

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Kuvakaappaus näyttää tilanteen 4.10. Tilin avaamisesta on neljä viikkoa.

Sisällön tuottaminen tuottaa ongelmia. Tuntuu siltä, ettei minulla ole mitään mielenkiintoista sanottavaa, joten päätän jakaa kuvia siitä, mitä teen arjessa ja viikonloppuisin ruokaan ja viiniin liittyen. Tarinamuotoinen informaatio voi joskus olla mielenkiintoisempaa kuin faktojen ja uutisten jakaminen ja se voi herättää muissa reaktioita.
Jos aion jatkaa Twitterin käyttöä vielä projektin jälkeen, twiittien sisältöä pitää miettiä etukäteen tarkemmin ja kohdistaa paremmin. Silloin kun aihe on kiinnostava, päivityksiä kyllä jaksaa tehdä, mutta ne saattavat jäädä tyhjänpäiväisiksi.

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Saan yllättäen viestin Ranskasta. BleuVins on viinimatkailuun erikoistunut matkatoimisto, joka toimii Loiren laaksossa. Vaihdamme muutaman viestin ja huomaan, että minulla on nyt ainakin yksi mielenkiintoinen kontakti.
Tutustun myös Twitterin salaisuuksiin, joista en aiemmin tiennyt. Jotkut twiittaavat tervehtiäkseen ja kiittääkseen uusia seuraajia, josta tulee ilmoitus. #FF eli Follow Friday sitä vastoin on tapa, jolla ilmoitetaan mahdollisista kiinnostavista seurattavista.

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Kuvakaappaus 9.10.

Yhteenvetoa siitä, mitä tehtävästä opin:
– kannattaa tutustua Twitterin käyttäjille suunnattuihin ohjeisiin, joita löytyy helposti googlaamalla, kannattaa tutustua etukäteen etikettiin, sekä käsitteisiin ja ilmiöihin, joihin Twitterissä törmää
– kannattaa suunnitella tarkasti etukäteen, minkätyyppisen profiilin haluaa luoda, minkätyyppisiin seuraajiin ja seurattaviin haluaa panostaa ja käyttää aikaansa, koska aikaa tulee kulumaan ainakin alussa melko paljon
– päivitysten sisältöön ja sävyyn kannattaa panostaa
– jos haluaa keskustelua, kannattaa suosia suoraa yhteydenottoa

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