A Wealth of Voices – A selection of faculty, alumni, and notable creative thinkers to be interviewed or celebrated in portraits and essays in tribute to University of Salamanca's 800th anniversary: Miguel de Cervantes*, Yann Martel, Miguel de Unamuno, Alexander Payne, Abraham Zacuto, Francisco Suárez, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, Ana Manzanas Calvo, Francisco de Vitoria, Carmen Martín Gaite, José de Espronceda, Antonio de Nebrija, David Muir, Fray Luis de León, San Juan De La Cruz, Jesús Benito Sánchez, Diego de Torres Villarroel, Juan Meléndez Valdés, Pedro Nunes, John of the Cross, Jorge Volpi, Adolfo Suárez, 1st Duke of Suárez, Francisco J. Ayala, Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, Luis de Góngora, Luis de León, Bernardino de Sahagún, Gaspar Sanz, Fernando de Rojas, Fernando Vázquez de Menchaca, Álvarez Rodríguez, and Román Apellidos.
*In exhibitions of The Creative Process, we like to celebrate creative thinkers of the past and present. In memoriam pieces are drawn from our interviews with their friends and colleagues, contemporary accounts, and/or the artist’s own words. Above are some of the historic and contemporary figures with links to Salamanca who have been suggested to us. We are arranging interviews with some of the contemporary figures. We welcome your suggestions and collaborative development so that the eventual exhibition can be a true celebration of the enormous creative contributions of the University of Salamanca and region.
Inaugural Exhibition at The Sorbonne 1 - Panthéon
Forthcoming / Recent Events*
What is The Creative Process?
A travelling exhibition of interviews and portraits of writers and creative thinkers from around the world augmented by projection elements and short films made in collaboration with independent directors and participating film schools. After launching at the Sorbonne, The Creative Process is being exhibited at leading universities and selected literary museums during their important literary/humanities festivals and conferences, including Harvard's LITFest, KU Leuven's European Conference for the Humanties, University of Milan's BookCity, among others.
As a part of this international educational initiative, we invite professors, students, art historians, writers, and filmmakers from participating universities to respond creatively to featured artworks and a selection of these essays, poems, stories, short films, and works by leading artists can be seen on our website and in the projection elements. The Creative Process is collaborating on a number of curriculum integration initiatives, inner city afterschool writing clubs, and special 4th-year courses combining film and literature with a view to inspiring imaginative inquiry and encouraging future generations of artists.
Some of the 40 participating universities: Sorbonne, UC Berkeley, MIT, Columbia, Oxford, Princeton, University of Edinburgh, University of Milan, University of Toronto, Trinity College Dublin, University of Hong Kong, McGill University, American Writers Museum, Dublin Writers Museum, University of Iowa, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, University of Warsaw, University of Melbourne, Łódź Film School, University of Chicago, Boston University, Indiana University, American University of Paris, University of Leuven, Antioch College, Tel Aviv University, among others.
The Creative Process Exhibition was launched at the Sorbonne and is traveling to forty leading universities around the world. The exhibition consists of interviews with over 100 esteemed writers, including Joyce Carol Oates, Hilary Mantel, George Saunders, Paul Auster, Neil Gaiman, Tobias Wolff, Richard Ford, Junot Díaz, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Jane Smiley, Marie Darrieussecq, Maxine Hong Kingston, Michel Faber, T.C. Boyle, Jay McInerney, Geoff Dyer, Dave Eggers, Etgar Keret, Rick Moody, Ann Beattie, Douglas Kennedy, Frederic Tuten, Sam Lipsyte, DBC Pierre, and Yiyun Li, among others. Participating creative thinkers include Noam Chomsky, Yuval Noah Harari, Saul Perlmutter, Randy Schekman, Eric Fischl, George Lakoff, Michael Pollan, Alison Gopnik, Yuval Sharon, Seán Curran, Miki Kratsman, Dario Maestripieri, Ellen Ullman, and a host of others. For more information see: www.creativeprocess.info.
Current/Forthcoming Projects, Collaborations and Exhibitions of The Creative Process
April 4th-June 30th, 2018 – University Library of Leuven, Flanders, Belgium
Exhibition of The Creative Process on the occasion of ECHIC's European Conference for the Humanities
“Equip & Engage: Research and Dissemination Infrastructures for the Humanities”. Papers and discussions focused around challenges connected to digital scholarship in the humanities and the dissemination and impact of the results of this research.
Includes interviews and portraits of notable KU Leuven faculty (Ortwin de Graef, Barbara Baert, Conny Aerts, Jan Baetens, Jan Masschelein, Wendy Morris, Agnes Moors, Stéphane Symons), Herman Servotte Lecturers (James Kelman, A.L. Kennedy, Nadine Gordimer, Derek Walcott, Jennifer Egan) and leading creative thinkers in the humanities Jane Ohlmeyer (Erasmus Smith's Professor of Modern History at Trinity College, Dublin, director of the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute and chair of the Irish Research Council) and Martin Paul Eve (Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck College, University of London), among others.
April 26th, 8pm - LITWINGS at La Caféothèque, 52 Rue de l'Hôtel de Ville, 75004
Presentation of The Creative Process and projection elements
Talk by Mia Funk with the participation of The Creative Process team
The event brings together international writers, photographers, and filmmakers to highlight their wide-ranging work, the paths of their careers, and the creative process of one particular project. Past presenters include National Geographic photographers, New York Times bestselling authors, and Emmy award winning filmmakers sharing work that highlights Vietnam, Azerbaijan, Nairobi, Cuba, Scotland, and many other places around the globe. Past guests, including Catherine Karnow, Anne Korkeakivi, Vanessa Croccini, Ken Schneider and Michael Shapiro.
Hosted by writer and The Creative Process contributor Erin Byrne, LitWings symbolizes art that lifts the spirit, and the "lit-up" wings of illuminated travel, both of which are themes in my travel essays, poetry, screenplays and fiction; and in the work of each presenter.
April 29th, AUPx, American University of Paris, 10am to 5pm
Combes Building, 1st Floor, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007
Presentation of The Creative Process and projection elements
Talk by Mia Funk with the participation of The Creative Process team, in preparation for TEDx talk.
May 2018, American University of Paris
Combes Gallery, 6 rue Colonel Combes, 75007
The Creative Process exhibition
Projection elements, bringing together interviews and insights and by leading creative thinkers with a selection of interviews, stories, poems, artworks, essays, short films and dance work by contributors from over 50 countries, alongside documentation of art and educational initiatives The Creative Process is involved in. Created in collaboration with faculty and students of American University of Paris.
October-November 2018 – Guild Hall Initiative, Hamptons, NY (including creation of Sag Habor community art project with artist and president of Guild Hall Academy Eric Fischl). Exhibition of The Creative Process and continuation of interviews with academy members and other initiatives celebrating notable visual, literary, and performing artists (Eric Fischl, Steven Spielberg, Calvin Klein, Mel Brooks, Alec Baldwin, Richard Gere, Julian Schnabel, Barbara Walters, Chuck Close, Alec Baldwin, among others).
April 19th, 7pm - UNICEF AUP GALA AND ART AUCTION
It is our pleasure to do our small part to support all the good work of UNICEF and to celebrate them in our Art of Activism section alongside our participating writers and creative thinkers who are UN Goodwill Ambassadors, committed activists and strong believers in creating art for the public good.
Working very closely with UNICEF France through the Paris Comite, Campus UNICEF’s vision is:
"A world where the rights of every child are realized. In everything we do, we work to achieve a world where all children, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, have equal opportunities to survive and thrive."
Spring 2018 – Paris Invited Artist / Exhibitor to show The Creative Process and collaborate with Good Chance, associate company of the Young Vic Theatre. “A varied programme of music, drama, poetry, movement and debate, for and by the inhabitants of the camp, occupies the Good Chance theatre six days a week. All by itself it proclaims that life without culture is nothing but biology in survival mode.”
–Sir Tom Stoppard in The Sunday Times