A Cage for the Muse and the Limits of Invention

Wilson, Christopher and Brown, Michael (2016). A Cage for the Muse and the Limits of Invention. IN: Creativity in Arts, Science and Technology. Reisman, Fredricka (ed.) KIE Conference Book Series.

Abstract

This paper explores the notion that creativity in the arts, particularly music, benefits from constraints. Expressive freedom is often fostered within education to encourage the pursuit of artistic individualism, but straying too far from stylistic norms can often engender incoherence. This paper does not challenge the breaking of rules that define a style nor does it denigrate the benefits that may arise from conflicting ideas and unusual combinations, but explores the virtue and benefits of boundaries and suggests that freedom, from a creative perspective, is often an illusory construct; strong creative identities are achievable through and often defined by creative constraints. Conclusions focus on the potential profits of constraints that bind expressive ideas and the function and virtue of intuition within the creative process; theorizing upon whether creative confinement, or the awareness thereof, is ultimately a liberating or inhibiting experience. We determine that artistic creative freedom as a concept may indeed be illusory, but the perception of freedom for some is a necessary ingredient in the creative act.

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Event Title: International Conference on Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise (KIE 2016)
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2016-06-21 - 2016-06-24
Uncontrolled Keywords: Creativity,Invention,Idiolect
Full Text Link: https://derby.o ... le/10545/618560
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Published Date: 2016-07-01
Authors: Wilson, Christopher
Brown, Michael

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