Art is never finished, only abandonedLeonardo Da Vinci
You can push a creative man into silence but all this does is fuel his creative output.
China held artist and “dissident” Ai Weiwei in captivity for 81 days. He nearly died.
Weiwei is now turning his jail time experience into a piece of art. For Weiwei, creative expression is more about storytelling than profit.
“Very few people know why art sells so high,” Mr. Ai replied. “I don’t even know.”
Still, his art sells for hundreds of thousands at Sotheby’s in New York.
Weiwei lived in New York for 11 years before heading back to China. The creative freedom he learned in New York shines through WeiWei’s work.
Weiwei teaches us to make something lasting, in good times or bad. As Neil Gaiman said in his commencement speech this week:
“When things get tough, make good art. Make it on the bad days. Make it the good days too.”
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If everyone has access to the same tools then everyone will become a producer. And all the art will look the same.
Take Instagram for instance. All you need is an iPhone and some cheap Camera+ editing app to clean up your images before you upload them to Instagram. You can also edit images on Instagram itself.
Since we all have the same tools we all produce similar-looking photos. This is why anyone that wants to stand out on Instagram should pick a style, theme.
First, choose an object or location that inspires you. Second, pick a consistent filter like black and white. Three, be different. Set your follower expectations in this step by step process.
One of my favorite Instagrammers takes a picture of a picture, a Polaroid over his object. You see his hand holding out the Polaroid covering the same image he’s capturing. Simple yet genius.
Stand out from the crowd
That’s the only way you’ll keep your identity on Instagram and in a world where creativity has amassed around the ease of tools and sharing.
“There can be no gainsaying of the fact that a great revolution is taking place in the world today. In a sense it is a triple revolution: that is, a technological revolution, with the impact of automation and cybernation; then there is a revolution in weaponry, with the emergence of atomic and nuclear weapons of warfare; then there is a human rights revolution, with the freedom explosion that is taking place all over the world. Yes, we do live in a period where changes are taking place”.
— Martin Luther King Jr.
Prescient, a man that saw the intersection of freedom and technology.
Imagine the power of his words in 140 characters.