When you are able to improvise, almost anything becomes
possible. I really believe that - and just as I was planning
to write this blog post I was handed a wonderful example of
improvisation actually saving people's lives.
But what do I mean by...
What do we want from art? A couple of weeks ago I was in
Madrid with my wife, visiting the city for the first time.
Like all committed culture vultures, we were determined to
tackle as many museums and galleries as we possibly...
“I just had an idea that over the course of the past few
years has struck a cord, a creative design solution to an
environmental challenge. Each time someone wears A From
Somewhere piece, or each student that discovers upcycling,
and each person that...
The final principle of successful optimists is easy to say
and hard to do. It is simply this: try to kick out your
It’s hard to do because cynicism has become embedded in
our society and is even held up as wisdom. But...
Why is creativity often linked to “madness” and why do
creative people cause so much frustration to everyone around
them? Why do they keep going to extremes? Why can’t they
just be like normal people?
Highly creative people have unique vulnerabilities and
sensitivities - ways...
I once had the lucky opportunity to observe two rival firms
trying to do the same thing; namely working out how to
integrate a particular enhancement made possible by new
technology into their (competing) products.
Both companies set up engineering teams. Both failed.
Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) is an experimental musician and
artist of international renown whose collaborators include
Laurie Anderson and Steve McQueen. Here he gives an
illustrated listening and watching guide to enhancing the
pleasure we get from the sound that surrounds us.
The joy of sound...
Parents often comment on the startling creativity of their
children. Pablo Picasso famously remarked, “Every child is
an artist. The problem is how to remain one once we grow
up.” I’ll go further. Every child is an artist, yes, but
also a scientist, engineer...
It’s a sad truth that few of us, nowadays, write letters.
Indeed, it’s tempting to think of handwritten letters as
having been superseded by email in the same way that vinyl
records were supplanted by CDs. The problem with this tidy
progress narrative is...
The School of Life has collaborated with Liminal Space to
curate a Tour of Designer-Makers of London's East End this
Saturday. Our expert guide is design historian Sarah
Teasley. Our hosts include artist Adam Dant, ceramicist
Stuart Carey, creative consultancy Patternity and Town House
Ever since I went on the School of Life’s Holiday with
Martin Parr in Folkestone, I’ve been seeing the world lit
up with the bright pop of a flash gun.
Martin Parr, photographer of Britishness, collector of
dictator-abilia, boring postcards and much else besides,...