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Charles & Ray Eames, Max Ernst, and 'Flow' states.


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A presentation for Visual Thinking Class, Spring 2014.

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Charles & Ray Eames, Max Ernst, and 'Flow' states.

  1. 1. Flow states + the general theory of creativity Concept: Shades of Gray, Tone-Value Scales People: Charles & Ray Eames, Max Ernst Places: The Guggenheim Museums
  2. 2. Charles & Ray Eames
  3. 3. Inventors of Multimedia ✤ CHARLES + RAY ✤ Innovative / Interactive museum design. ✤ Experimental use of film to convey information. ✤ Modernist Architecture ✤ Pioneers of mid-century furniture design and manufacturing.
  4. 4. Eames exhibition
  5. 5. Innovative filmmakers
  6. 6. products that serve the world
  7. 7. Masters of mid-century furniture design and manufacturing
  8. 8. Architects the first building they designed was a HIT!
  9. 9. Being good at this... Could help you create this...
  10. 10. Zaha Hadid - overcoming obstacles ✤ Born in Iraq. ✤ First woman to win the Pritzker Prize. ✤ Architecture is still ‘a man’s world.’ ✤ Style is radical and futuristic.
  11. 11. Peggy - the poor Guggenheim
  12. 12. Peggy’s house + museum Venice, Italy ✤ “A painting a day” -began to collect in Paris, just as the Nazi’s were about to invade. ✤ Friend & patron of Ernst, Picasso, Brancusi, Pollock, Miro, Magritte, Kandinsky, Calder, etc., etc. ✤ Bought an unfinished Venetian palace in 1949. ✤ The last Venetian to have a private gondola, gondolier.
  13. 13. Solomon Guggenheim NYC 1959 FLW
  14. 14. Other Guggenheims... Berlin (closed 2012) Las Vegas (closed 2008) Not completed: Salzburg, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Guadalajara, Taiwan, Helsinki, Lithuania. ✤ Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain - Frank Gehry ✤ Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (starts in 2017)
  15. 15. Flow States - Mihaly C. ✤ A euphoric sense that we are ‘in the groove.’ ✤ We’ve all experienced ‘flow states.’ ✤ Expressing ourselves and coming up with solutions to problems happens effortlessly. flowing water is a perfect metaphor for the creative state of mind
  16. 16. When did you last experience ‘flow?’ ✤ What area of life was your flow centered on? ✤ Relationships, business, learning, spiritual, adventure, helping others, artistic expression, or ______.
  17. 17. “A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe.” ― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  18. 18. “Most enjoyable activities are not natural; they demand an effort that initially one is reluctant to make. But once the interaction starts to provide feedback to the person's skills, it usually begins to be intrinsically rewarding.”
  19. 19. INTRINSIC VS EXTRINSIC Motivated employees play a crucial role in creating a company’s sustainable competitive advantage. Successful ‘Management by Motivation’ shows that in a knowledge-based society, this goal cannot be achieved by extrinsic motivation alone. Pay for performance often even hurts because it crowds out intrinsic motivation. To succeed, companies have to find ways of fostering and sustaining intrinsic motivation.
  20. 20. What things are you intrinsically motivated to do? Now what ?
  21. 21. Allowing for a little uncertainty, focusing on what you dream of doing, before committing to action, can lead to greater success and satisfaction in the long run.
  22. 22. “To overcome the anxieties and depressions of contemporary life, individuals must become independent of the social environment to the degree that they no longer respond exclusively in terms of its rewards and punishments. To achieve such autonomy, a person has to learn to provide rewards to herself. She has to develop the ability to find enjoyment and purpose regardless of external circumstances.”
  23. 23. Draw a tone-value scale ✤ Graphite ✤ Ten even steps. ✤ No smudging.
  24. 24. Frottage Value-scale ✤ Tear one inch strips from rubbings that are NOT part of your series. ✤ Arrange from light to dark. ✤ Paste together.