To what extent do you think you look at the world in a creative (or uncreative) way?

1.a. I look at the world in a creative way to the extent that everything can be considered to be art, if something is done without a purpose then it may be perceived as creative, basically anything outside the primal needs of survival is what I consider to be creative, ie a mansion with flat screen televisions everywhere is the emphasis of creativity on the needs of shelter and entertainment.

What are the key historical shifts in the history of imagination and creativity discussed in the lecture? Can you think of an example of how earlier ideas about creativity persist today, for example in the work of a particular artist?
 1.b. The earliest forms of imagination and creativity were evident in cave paintings and statues of the ancient periods where life was portrayed in a way that either exaggerated the needs of survival ie reproductive female organs, or an alternate perception of real life struggle ie painting of unfamiliar prey.

Then came the adoption of the classical imagination, which emphasized the idea that creativity seemed to be governed by rules and bound within the system of beliefs unique to different societies, such as the stereotypical egyptian human body painted on the walls which depicted each body part in its most diverse viewpoint in relation to the body as a whole.

The greeks were largely concerned with myths that were passed down through the use of muses. Stories had formed around gods that represented different aspects of life, such as Aphrodite for beauty or Ares to represent the bloodlust war side of reality. The gods were constructed according to a rule that constricted the broad imagination to aspects of life.

Medieval Imagination was the idea that God was the only creative mind and any idea outside the original was thought to be the devil’s work.

The dark ages further developed the idea of the devil in a way, in that the absence of light brought about ideas of demonic mythical creatures.

Where does your own creative ideas or practice sit in the history of imagination and creativity?
1.c. My own creative ideas seem to relate to the romantic inspiration type as I see myself becoming inspired at the most unusual times, whether this be due to boredom or just plain inebriation.
With reference to the reading, what is the relationship between night, darkness, and the imagination? How did the growth of artificial light affect human imagination and creativity?
 1.d. The darkness of the night was a sacred time in which our imagination began to influence our view of reality, we assumed that what we could not see at night could be imagined to exist, therefore many believed in ghosts, witchcraft and pixies (Ekirch, 2005).

The introduction of light into the night, drastically affected civilization and knowledge as the reading explains. The age of reason began to unfurl at the beginning of the eighteenth century, with artificial light introducing night strolls and longer hours awake, it can be perceived that light revealed nothing but the false reality of our imagination.

Discuss the relationship between, night, day, light, the moon, the sun, and creativity. Are there any other daily, weekly, seasonal or other (natural or unnatural) patterns in your thinking?
 1.e. Night and Day, the Sun and the Moon: these have all played a part in the role of creativity, with the sun acting as a way to tell time through the solar clock, the moon became a symbol for the darkness, with the introduction of the werewolf to the imagination, the moon fueled the ludicrous idea of a beast at night.

My creativity does seem to work more efficiently after many hours have passed since waking up (meaning im not a morning thinker). My mind tends to adjust to the latter part of the day, giving it more time to mentally stretch.


Ekirch, A. R. (2005). At days close: Night in times past (pp. 324-339). New York: Norton and Company