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THE FORM OF THINGS UNKNOWN: What You Know From What You Make, a lecture by Lorne Buchman

  • Friday, November 16, 2018
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • The Butler Boardroom of the American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C. 20016

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Lecture

In his presentation Lorne Buchman will share stories of many creative people that he has interviewed: architect Frank Gehry, Lisa Kron (Tony award winning playwright and performer), the head designer at Tesla cars, the man who designed the Apple stores, author Amy Tan, a dancer with Twyla Tharp, and several novelists, filmmakers, singers, improvisers. In his presentation Dr. Buchman explores the insights of analytical psychology through the work of James Hollis as well as psychoanalyst Adam Phillips.

Alexander Calder once said, “I think best in wire”. In the act of manipulating the material of his creative practice, Calder is thinking. Indeed, the sculptor is suggesting an understanding of creativity distinct from popular assumptions about manifesting preconceived vision. Unlike Michelangelo, who claimed he saw the angel in the stone and then carved away until he set him free, most creative people work in very different ways. How might we imagine the kind of knowing, the different forms of understanding, revealed only through the creative process? How does our creative work – and our lives -- unfold in the making? The Forms of Things Unknown explores the revelatory nature of the creative journey itself.

The program is for artists of all kinds: writers, visual artists, performers, musicians, actors, and designers. The conversation is also deeply relevant to anyone interested in education. The principles Dr. Buchman explores are particularly pertinent to teaching creative process to teenagers and young adults. The approach Lorne Buchman takes also has implications for leadership studies and principles of thriving communities. The discoveries we explore connect deeply with how we live our lives and open questions about the connection of the creative life and spiritual growth. 

"Dr. Lorne Buchman is one of the foremost researchers into the mystery of human creativity.  As President of ArtCenter College of Design in L.A., he swims in creative waters, and is a most articulate, persuasive public presenter.”
- James Hollis, Ph.D.

Buchman is the host of Change Lab: Conversations on Transformation and Creativity , a podcast featuring intimate interviews with leading artists and innovators. Launched in 2017, the podcast is produced by the College and distributed by Freedom Podcasting on platforms including iTunes, Google Play and the Apple Podcasts app.

Lorne Buchman, PhD, is President of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He is a theater director and a teacher in literature and the arts. He has written on Shakespeare, film, contemporary drama, and is currently completing a book on the creative process. Buchman is also recognized as a highly effective TedTalk presenter.

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