about Creativity assessment, be recognized by the System, freedom of the artist and material approach
Although quantification of the creative process is delusive, it is hard to escape from it nowadays. How to assess creativity is though, and highly subjective, thus should not to be trusted as a source for inspiration.
Should creativity aims for an academic success, that is a “delivery”, this creativity will be formatted in such a way that will fit external constraints determined in order to “please” a bureaucratic system. This is the time for the artist to choose whether or not to belong in the system, and be “recognized” or not by it.
My creative approach is coming from the material not from preconceived ideas, although as an artist researcher, I do have areas of investigation. I would play with codes as I play with wire or wood, painting, or servo motors. Exploring the material, understanding its limits and its powers, listening to its properties, I trust my right brain, my intuitions, to lead the left brain, the maker, to create and help my artistic quest. Which material or technology I should use and what it will lead me to build? This holistic approach is antagonist to the process of looking for the material adapted to a predefined work.
Should this be assessed , it would have to be by the term of the project not during its processing , as a “clear” picture and stop frame would be wrong and unfaithful to the final “product”. Although, recognition of the effort put in the work could and should be assessed.
Curators , galleries, art fairs, art advisors are “gates” , artists have to cross to get to their audience. Artists send their artwork through those gates, wishing for a positive response. When permission is denied, they can choose to adapt their work to the gates or to go on generating other artworks which could get the granted permission to be shared with the public .
Alternatively , could I choose to not care about how the system will index me ? If the answer is yes, can I stay in this system? How strong , how careless should I be? Does it matter to fit? How worth is it to surrender to the frame versus staying in an individual and lonely process? What is worth in my artistic making: processing or sharing? Is it linked to the ability to be self centered? or to a unshakeable faith in my artistic process? If there were no one to understand my art piece, here and now, would I stop being an artist?