FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does a university’s “participation” entail?
Effectively, participation means that your university would like to display the exhibition, which as it’s a large, hand-embellished, loose-leaf folio edition, is easy to exhibit on walls, stands or display cabinets. Participation is flexible to your schedule and exhibition space. There is no cost involved.*
When is The Creative Process exhibition? What is the earliest/latest possible exhibition date?
Our inaugural exhibition took place at the Sorbonne (Panthéon 1) in March 2016. Since we are now expanding the scope of the 100+ interviews to include conversations with creative thinkers from a variety of disciplines and are participating in a number of educational initiatives, these interviews will be complete in late 2017. Universities will receive their Creative Process hand-embellished edition from 2018 onwards and can exhibit it anytime thereafter.
Are there any supporting events planned around the exhibition?
The Creative Process is happy to work with participating universities to arrange events to encourage public as well as student engagement. This may mean hosting the exhibition to coincide with annual literary festivals or centennial celebrations, as some universities are doing, or organizing other readings and performances. Please see Supporting Events.
In addition to the traveling exhibition, interviews will also be published online through a network of collaborating university and national literary magazines. For further information, please contact us.
What other ways can a university participate?
The Creative Writing and Literature departments are invited to participate in interviews or contribute text for the forward of their own unique edition. We are also arranging interviews with creative thinkers from a variety of disciplines for our In Conversation section. Your university or literary magazine can also participate in our Interlinking Online Exhibition. See section below.
We also have a number of ongoing educational initiatives which your university might like to get involved in. They include curriculum integration and short film workshops that give student filmmakers the opportunity to interpret short stories by leading writers and show this work as part of the projection elements at exhibitions. Some universities are implementing special 4th year courses in collaboration with The Creative Process. For more information on these initiatives, please email email@example.com.
How can a university best facilitate the project? By suggesting staff and writers who would be happy to be interviewed?
We are happy to receive suggestions, as we are presently completing our core list of 100 writers to be interviewed.
We are also delighted to receive your suggestions of important creative thinkers and authors from your faculty and region. As well as our core 100 interviews, we are conducting a number of additional interviews so that every exhibition is a unique representation of the creative contributions of each university and their region.
Do you have any specific criteria for authors?
What's important is that they are open to discussing their work, the humanities, and the issues which touch us today. Essentially, we are interested in established authors who have unique insights and are willing to share their story. Most of the authors interviewed have won literary prizes and/or their works are in translation, so that when the exhibition travels to other countries audiences abroad may be familiar with their work.
However, we welcome all suggestions. In addition to the 100 illustrated interviews with writers, we’re conducting a number of non-illustrated interviews for the introduction, supporting events and online exhibition. Ancillary interviews will be prominently featured in exhibitions, either as part of the projection elements or as part of the core 100 interviews at some universities. N.B. As the exhibition travels, the core 100 interviews changes a little for universities in each country, e.g., exhibitions at University of Milan or University of Warsaw will include more Italian or Polish writers.
*We are honored to have the participation of invited universities in the physical exhibition, so there will be no cost to your university for receiving the unique, hand-embellished folio edition. In order to continue our editorial activities, participate in supporting events, and widen our educational reach, however, The Creative Process depends on the support of grants. If you would like to help support our non-profit educational initiative or are aware of any grants or philanthropic foundations which might expedite this process, we welcome donations which will help us bring the physical exhibition to your university in a timely manner. This ensures the quality of the unique artworks and edition gifted to your university, as well as facilitates the possible creation of larger scale artworks for your exhibition and university art collection.
For further information, please contact us.
THE UNFOLDING STORY ONLINE EXHIBITION
In addition to The Creative Process traveling exhibition, the interviews will also be published online through a network of collaborating university and national literary magazines.
Example: Interview with Hilary Mantel published across the network.
The aim of the online exhibition is to expand the conversation and facilitate exchanges between universities, writers, students, faculty and visiting professors.
Since interviews run to several thousand words, they will be published in interlinking excerpts published in several literary magazines simultaneously.* In that way, readers may begin an interview in one online literary magazine and, to continue reading, follow the link to another magazine produced by a university in another part of the world.
DISPLAYING THE EXHIBITIONWall-mounted with Fixations
Flat-laying or Standing on Display Tables
- Since The Creative Process exhibition is in the form of a hand-embellished, loose-leaf folio book, it is modular and expands or contracts to suit any space.
- The page size is approximately ledger size/A3, making it easy to exhibit on a wall, display table, or in a corner of the library.
- Since the pages are loose-leaf, sections can be removed and mounted or displayed separately, making it possible to show one part in the library and another in the Creative Writing or Literature Department. Display on a table(s) probably being the easiest form of exhibition, as the pages can be rotated to display different authors over the course of the exhibition.
- For wall exhibition, easy-to-mount fixations and reusable presentation templates are provided. The pages are lightweight and therefore can be mounted in any suitable space.
- We also provide a DVD containing projection elements, which expand the scope of the exhibition, document various educational initiatives, and make The Creative Process adaptable to any exhibition space available at your university.
The Creative Process is happy to work with participating universities to arrange events to encourage public as well as student engagement. Some universities have elected to have a local featured author attend a launch, while others are organizing talks and conversations around the theme. Readings performed by faculty and students of featured authors’ work are another way universities can participate in turning the exhibition into an event which can be enjoyed by all.
The Creative Process traveling exhibition will take place within a five year period and will be held in leading universities around the world. The list of participating universities and institutions is presently being completed. If you’d like to take part in this celebration of the humanities, please contact us.
If you are a writer and would like to participate in The Creative Process, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The HAND-EMBELLISHED, LOOSE-LEAF A3/LEDGER-SIZED FOLIO EDITION can be:
EXHIBITED ON DISPLAY TABLES
This allows for greater flexibility of display options, longer excerpts and unique interviews with writers from your region to be exhibited.
Pages are easy to mount on walls (frameless "gallery style"presentation using tiny magnetized discs). Selected pages may be shown on accordion structures provided by The Creative Process.