01/06/2021

How creativity works

John Cleese is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter and producer specialised in satire, black comedy, sketch comedy and surreal humour. He is also British, very British. In the late 1960s he co-founded Monty Python, the comedy troupe responsible for the BBC sketch show Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Along with his co-stars Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Graham Chapman, Cleese made films as Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979) or The Meaning of Life (1983).

In the mid-1970s, Cleese and first wife Connie Booth co-wrote the sitcom Fawlty Towers, and he starred in it as Basil Fawlty. The series resulted in Cleese’s receiving the 1980 BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance, and in 2000 the show topped the British Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes. In a 2001 Channel 4 poll, Basil Fawlty was ranked second on its list of the 100 Greatest TV Characters.

Back to movies, he co-starred with Kevin Kline, Jamie Lee Curtis and former Python colleague Michael Palin A Fish Called Wanda (1989) and Fierce Creatures (1997), both of which he also wrote. For the first he was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

With Yes Minister writer, Antony Jay, he co-founded Video Arts, a production company making entertaining training films like this, in which he explains in a really serious way how creativity works.

There is a tunnel in Eindhoven dedicated to the unforgetable Monty Python’s sketch ‘Ministry of Silly Walks’, starred by John Cleese —Image Unknown Author

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The Swedish Academy highlighted his 'ability to make understandable an elusive reality with parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony'. In this speech, with a high political accent, well structured and brave, he warns us —or rather remembers us— that the alternative to this voracious neoliberalism is inside each of us and it is called awareness." 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Bien conocido por sus novelas y ensayos, especialmente la famosísima 'Un mundo feliz', publicó también relatos cortos, poemas, libros de viaje y guiones. Miembro de una familia de intelectuales, Huxley viajó mucho, terminó estableciéndose en California y ejerció durante toda su vida como crítico de los roles sociales, las normas y los ideales. Se interesó además por temas espirituales como la parapsicología y el misticismo, sobre los que escribió varios libros, casi todos basados en sus experiencias personales. Al final de su vida fue considerado como un líder del pensamiento moderno. En esta entrevista, realizada en Estados Unidos en 1959, en plena guerra fría, habla de la libertad, del poder y del peligro de que la ficción futurista y pesimista que imaginó en su mítica novela pueda convertirse en realidad. Más de 50 años después, sus reflexiones siguen sonando terriblemente actuales.Aldous Huxley was a British writer. Well known for his novels and essays, especially the famous 'Brave new world', also published short stories, poems, travel books and screenplays. Member of a family of intellectuals, Huxley traveled widely, ended up settling in California and worked all his life as a critic of social roles, norms and ideals. He became interested in spiritual matters as well like parapsychology and mysticism, about which he wrote several books, almost all based on personal experiences. At the end of his life he was considered a leader of modern thought. In this interview, conducted in the United States in 1959, during the Cold War, he talks about freedom, power and danger of futuristic fiction and pessimistic in his legendary novel imagined can become reality. More than 50 years later, his thoughts still sound terribly current." 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Así pues, la RAE atribuye a la música el 'poder' de conmover, bien para alegrarnos o entristecernos. El concepto de música ha ido evolucionando desde su origen en la antigua Grecia, donde era una de las seis bellas artes, junto a la arquitectura, la escultura, la pintura, la literatura y la danza. Es innegable, por tanto, que la música es algo inmaterial, a veces difícil de definir. El origen de la palabra viene del griego y significa 'el arte de las musas', ya que los antiguos helenos consideraban que estaba inspirada por estas diosas. La música puede ser un simple reflejo de un estado de ánimo, pero también puede modificarlo. La Historia está repleta de ejemplos de ambos casos: acordémonos de himnos que mostraban un sentir general —la canción 'Libertad sin ira', del grupo Jarcha, en la Transición española— o melodías que han contribuido a ver las cosas de otra manera, incluso a cambiarlas —Los Beatles, por ejemplo, llegaron a ser percibidos como la encarnación de los ideales progresistas, extendiendo su influencia en las revoluciones sociales y culturales de la década de 1960—. Tampoco podemos olvidar movimientos como el punk, con los Sex Pistols a la cabeza. Sin embargo, parece que desde entonces este poder transformador está diluido. Son tiempos duros los que estamos viviendo, y la música tiene un papel de simple divertimento. Nadie, o muy pocos, componen concienciados de que la música es capaz de ser mucho más. O puede que lo hagan, pero su trabajo no consigue llegar a nuestros oídos, bien por el mercantilismo que impera, bien porque la sociedad aún no es verdaderamente consciente de que las cosas deben cambiar. Confiemos en que la música vuelva a ser un motor de cambio que remueva conciencias. ¡Habrá que tener los oídos bien abiertos!According to the most common definition of the Royal Spanish Academy, music is the art of combining sounds of the human voice or instruments, or both at a time, so as to produce pleasure, stirring up sensitivity either happily or sadly. So, the RAE attributes to music the 'power' of moving either to cheer or to sadden. The concept of music has evolved from its origins in ancient Greece, where it was one of six fine arts, along with architecture, sculpture, painting, literature and dance. Therefore, it is undeniable, that music is something intangible, sometimes difficult to define. The origin of the word comes from greek and means 'the art of the Muses', as the ancient Greeks believed that it was inspired by these goddesses. Music can be a simple reflection of a state of mind, but it can also modify it. History is full with examples of both cases: remember hymns which showed a general feeling —the song 'Libertad sin ira', by Jarcha, a group from the Spanish Transition— or melodies that have helped to see things differently, even to change them —The Beatles, for example, came to be perceived as the incarnation of progressive ideals, extending its influence during the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s—. We can’t forget neither movements like punk, lead by the Sex Pistols. However, it seems that since then, this transformer power is diluted. We are currently living hard times and music plays the role of a simple entertainment. No one, or very few, compose aware that music can be much more. Or maybe they do, but their work can not reach our ears, either because mercantilism is prevailing or either because society is still not truly aware that things must change Let us hope that music will become again an engine of change that will stir minds up. We will have to keep our ears wide open!" 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Cantante, bajista y compositora estadounidense de jazz, fue galardonada con el premio Grammy a la artista revelación en el año 2011, siendo la primera artista de jazz que lo consigue. Mientras estudiaba en el Berklee College of Music de Boston, compartió escenario con varios iconos del jazz como el pianista Michel Camilo, la cantante Patti Austin, el guitarrista Adam Rogers o los saxofonistas Donald Harrison y Joe Lovano. Fue invitada a tocar en la entrega a Barack Obama del premio Nobel de la Paz en el año 2009, y hasta la fecha ha publicado cuatro álbumes en solitario: 'Junjo' (2006), 'Esperanza' (2008), 'Chamber Music Society' (2010) y 'Radio Music Society' (2012).'All species evolve to be in harmony with their environment'. Singer, bassist and American jazz composer, she was awarded with the Grammy for the Best New Artist in 2011, the first jazz artist who achieves it. While studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, she shared the stage with many jazz icons including pianist Michel Camilo, singer Patti Austin, guitarist Adam Rogers and saxophonists Donald Harrison and Joe Lovano. Esperanza was invited to play in the delivery of the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama in 2009, and to date has released four solo albums: 'Junjo' (2006), 'Esperanza' (2008), 'Chamber Music Society' (2010) and 'Radio Music Society' (2012)." 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