Creativity compacted

Melissa shares the concept of congestion and creativity from the polis blog.

I know, I said I was leaving, and I am, but I just had to share this before I went. A brief but interesting post over on [polis] today on Congestion and Creativity.

“Stephen Johnson in his book, “Where Good Ideas Come From,” pulls from the work of theoretical physicist Geoffrey West, whose research investigates whether urban life slows down as cities grow in size, just as metabolism slows down when living organisms scale up in size. While the slowdown is apparent in energy and transportation growth in city living, to his delight (and ours), human ingenuity accelerates in the congested urban environment:

A city that was ten times larger than its neighbor wasn’t ten times more innovative; it was seventeen times more innovative  […] that despite all the noise and crowding and distraction, the average resident of a metropolis with a population of five million people was almost three times more creative than the average resident of a town of a hundred thousand.

The will to endeavor thrives among creative groups in hyper-interconnected, fluidly networked dense cities.”

Follow the link to see what Min Li Chan has to say on how this idea effects smaller cities.

I find this information really interesting, in probably too literal a sense, having made the transition from smaller to larger city in the last five years. The differences between the two cities, especially in terms of the scale of the creative community in each place, in my experience would back up these findings. Having said that, I don’t have any real data behind me, it’s more just a a gut reaction to my surroundings. But the idea that creativity charts an exponential curve in more congested places really resonates. To the point of it being unsettling.

I mean, it’s unsettling to suggest the reverse. That one would be less creative in a smaller city. That just seems unfair, no?


That’s it, I’m off!

Melissa is off to Cheongju. See y’all soon!

Don’t worry, it’s only a temporary thing. It’s nothing you did. Really 😉

I’m going to Korea on Monday. That should get me there in plenty of time to get to the opening and awards ceremony of the Cheongju International Craft Biennale on Wednesday morning.

I’ll be gone til next Monday. Catch you then!

Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor

Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor. Some very flowery prose in favour of. *SPOILER* Meli’s in it…

In two weeks time, at Artisan in Brisbane, an exhibition entitled
Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor: 100 women, 100 brooches, 100 stories will go on display.

It is going to be   a w e s o m e.

Take it from me!

Or if you don’t trust me, you could go here for see a sneak preview of some of the works, to prove it to yourself. Don’t worry about missing it folks, I don’t expect that this will be the last you will hear about it…

Busy busy

Melissa shares a link to a post she’s written FOR ANOTHER BLOG! (I don’t want to call her a traitor, but…)

It’s all go ’round this end, how are you holding up?

I was asked by the lovely Belinda Jessup of Craft Australia to contribute something on sustainability in my practice to the Craft Australia Blog. It went online today.

And in other news, overnight at the Crafthaus vote I went from first to third 🙁 (Yup, that’s me, #4) At this stage I don’t see myself recovering… It was nice while it lasted!

BKV-Preis 2011

Melissa has work in this year’s BKV Prize in Munich. YAY!

Another exhibition invite for another show that I won’t be able to get to. (Whose idea was it to put Germany so far away?)

The opening and award ceremony of this year’s BKV Prize for Young Applied Artists will take place next Thursday, the 15th of September, between 6:30 and 8:30pm, at the Bavarian Crafts Council Gallery for Applied Arts, Pacellistraße 6-8 80333 München/Munich, Germany. The exhibition will be open from 10am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday until the 1st of October.

My work is one of 24 finalists, with the four winners already having been announced. The big one went to Frauke Zabel, with Stefan Strube and Florian Milker taking out second and third respectively, while a commendation went to Stephanie Fleck. A 100% German lineup in the prizes this year, but more of a variation in the list of finalists.

For the full text of the invite and to read the judges’ comments, take at look at this PDF. (approx 800K)

Measuring The Space Between

There’s a new show in town. Well, it’s a show Melbourne might have seen already, but it’s in a new town…

in Sydney!

Walking Doll - two brooches. Chloe Vallance + Melissa Cameron, 2010. Recycled coaster, 925 silver, coloured pencil.

Measuring the Space Between @ Studio 20/17
A collaboration between Melissa Cameron and  Chloe Vallance
13 – 24 September 2011

“Please join us for celebration drinks THURSDAY 15th September 6-8pm in our newly expanded gallery!”