To make or to show?

Write about what?

People often split creativity between the arts and sciences, placing painters, writers, composers, dancers and actors on one side, and biologist, chemists, mathematicians, psychologist and physicists on the other. There is another dichotomy apparent to anyone attempting  innovation–the split of designing and performing.

It is easier to see this split in the arts; the visual artist, composer, and writer are obviously designing works of art that they construct. The actor, musician, dancers are all performing, right? But there is an overlap. Conceptual visual artists will imagine original ideas, but the resulting tangible piece may not strike people as a great work of art. It is the explanation of the idea–the performance–that carries the conceptual artist into the creative limelight. I recall seeing one create portraits on a floor covered with wax paper by pouring chocolate syrup. Watching him in the act of creating was the intriguing part.

This also occurs in…

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