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“What It Is”: A Talk on Creativity By Lynda Barry

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Bama Theatre

600 Greensboro Avenue

Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

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A discussion on creativity with acclaimed cartoonist, Lynda Barry.

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Why do people wish they could write, sing, dance, and draw, long after they’ve given up on these things? Does creative activity have a biological function? There is something common to everything we call the arts. What is it? It’s something I call ‘an image’, something that feels alive and is contained and transported by something that is not alive- a book, or a song or a painting—anything we call an ‘art form’. This ancient ‘it’ has been around at least as long as we have had hands, and the state of mind it brings about is not plain old ‘thinking’. This talk is about our innate creative ability to work with images and what the biological function of this thing we call ‘the arts’ may be. Please note: There will be swear words, party tricks, and jokes about balls.

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