Origins: The Mystery of Creativity

Konstanino Dregos
Origins: The Mystery of Creativity
Seminar, English, 2 SWS, 2 ECTS
Thursdays, 16h - 20h: 20.4., 4.5., 1.6., 15.6., 6.7., 13.7. (NEW!) (Hardenbergstr. 33, room 004) & 20.7.2023 (room tba)
The session on 29.6. does not take place! Instead, there will be an extra session on 13.7.2023

Registration on Moodle starts on the 17th of April / Anmeldung auf Moodle beginnt am 17.4.2023:
Moodle Enrollment Key / Einschreibeschlüssel: creativity

The seminar aims at generating a whole new array of approaches on the subject of creativity. Through discussion, reflection and practical exercises, we will try to point out the elusiveness of that term while going beyond the damages of this broadly misused concept. In order to achieve that, we simultaneously examine the socioeconomic framework of the idea of “innovation” and connect it to its fundamental pronouncement as essential constituent of the human existence, from the first tool use, to technological advancement in history to creativity and original works in the arts and in culture. We will address facets of creativity and innovation via three axes, namely the historical, the anthropological and the philosophical dimension, thus gaining clarity in confronting us with the erosive and ever so misleading gap between theory and practice, especially in art production.

The seminar has two aspects. On the one hand, we discuss the works on innovation and creative thought of thinkers such as Aristotle, Plato, Toynbee, Bergson, Whitehead, Deleuze and others. On the other, we want to get a practical grasp of innovation by tutorials and (group) exercises in creativity and the playful exploration of all our sensory apparatus. Starting at our basic five senses, we will be reflecting upon how the human existence moves beyond that artificial barrier by making use of the “morphogenetical stream” of the experienced world.

Requirements for the ungraded Studium Generale credits: active and reguar participation & tba.

Konstantino Dregos, born in Athens, studied art, philosophy, media sciences in Athens and Vienna. He received his Master in painting and sculpture both, from the Academy of Fine Arts in Athens and Vienna. Scholarships from the Michelis Foundation Fellowship in 2006 and from the SSF State Scholarship Foundation Athens in 2004. Exhibitions at the Megaron – Museum For Contemporary Art Athens, the Macura Museum Belgrade, the Havana Biennale and others in New York, London, Berlin, Malaga and Arhus. Publications and theoretical work, among others, in Weltkunst, Lettre International and for the Skulima and the Kienzle Foundation.