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Lorne Buchman of ArtCenter: Moving ‘From Spaces of Uncertainty to Creative Discovery’
Episode 19615th November 2022 • Not Real Art • Crewest Studio
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Creativity is rarely a “lightbulb moment.” In fact it usually arrives through a winding and non-linear process that involves self-understanding, improvisation, and a whole lot of uncertainty. 

That’s the belief of today’s guest, Lorne Buchman, president emeritus of the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. ArtCenter is known as a world-class leader in art and design education, with some even referring to it as the Harvard of art, design, and creativity. When Lorne took office in 2009, he quickly challenged students, faculty, staff, alumni, and trustees to redefine what a great art and design college should look like in the 21st century. 

As the host of Art Center’s podcast Change Lab, Lorne interviews leading artists and designers to explore the ideas behind their work and discover how the creative process can act as a catalyst for change. In today’s podcast episode, NOT REAL ART founder and host Scott “Sourdough” Power sits down with Lorne to discuss his recently published book, Make to Know: From Spaces of Uncertainty to Creative Discovery, which illuminates the long, winding creative process of today’s top artists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and designers. 

Join us for today’s episode with Lorne Buchman as we unpack what it means to be a maker, what defines creativity, and how the creative process allows us to understand the world around us in new, exciting ways.

On Today’s Episode 

Lorne Buchman discusses…

  • How he unpacks the four characteristics of “making”: uncertainty, material engagement, problem-solving, and improvisation
  • Why we tend to celebrate some forms of creative improvisation over others
  • Expanding the narrow definition of what it means to make
  • The profound significance of democratizing creativity
  • The immense value of observation and collective engagement
  • What the world would look like if “design thinking” were taught in K-12 education
  • How the creative process opens up whole new ways of understanding
  • His tips for wrestling with failure and entering into uncertainty 
  • How sharing personal stories can help instill courage in young creatives
  • Why the act of making is just as important as the end product

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