Creativity and economics in Crete and Belgium

I was reading “Freakonomics” on my way from Amsterdam to Crete last August (2009). I wanted to talk about it with the other participants of the 14th Levka Ori Creative Encounters in Crete. But they were more interested in creativity than economics.

Anne Ku at the Creative Encounters exhibition at Artonivo

Anne Ku at Artonivo art centre in Belgium, photo credit: Dorit Drori

While I struggled with creativity, the other participants actively created. While I argued about the economics of creativity, the others expressed their creativity in different ways.

Half a year later, I wrote a short text on creativity and economics for exhibition at the Artonivo art centre in Bruges, Belgium. The owner, Fernand, considers the exhibition his personal hobby, i.e. to bring creative people together and display their work. [For easier reading, click here for a PDF of left-hand side text and here for a PDF of right-hand side text.]

Creativity and economics in retrospect by Anne Ku

Creativity and economics in retrospect by Anne Ku at Artonivo, Belgium 26 February - 5 April 2010

Hopefully my text will produce food for thought for some of the visitors. The gallery is open from 15:00 to 18:00 every day until 5th April 2010. It is above the Callebert family shop whose motto is “everything you need for a modern life.”



Filed under culture, economics, exhibition, travel

3 responses to “Creativity and economics in Crete and Belgium

  1. I actually want to read your Creative Encounters statement but the font is too small. When I go to enlarge everything but that doc enlarges.

  2. Thanks for checking this out. I’ve now added the PDFs in the sentence just above the Creativity and Economics image… I’m curious to get your feedback!

  3. Joe

    Hello, Anne. As always, beautifully expressed. You have a gift for deploying an economy of words to launch big ideas. As to the question of how creative people can make a living, I think the routes to financial success are always circuitous. I knew a painter in Paris who got together friends to buy a restaurant so that he could become a chef (and so keep creativity at the center of his life). And I’ve known artists who became entrepreneurs, creating value for people and society. And then, there are the many who become “commercial artists”, but is that the same thing? One lesson we’ve all learned is that if you’re an artist the world won’t come to you, beat a path to your doorstep. You have to find a way to go to the world. You and Robert are beating such a path to the world through this website and other efforts. Because these paths enable others to connect the points that lead to the creative centers of your lives, a bus will come ambling along that is destined to find you, or a ship will come in. You’re already doing what all successful entrepreneurs do, when starting out, which is to take calculated risks. So, chance and luck are part of the picture. But you bend the odds a bit more in your favor each time you throw a bridge out there into the world, just as this blog does.

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