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Mind Games Sidebar: Flights of Fancy

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Published Jul 1, 2009 10:00 AM


Bruin faculty from North and South campus offer their unique visual perspectives on creativity in the images below.

For more on creativity, read the related articles:

Mind Games: How art and science combine in a world transformed by technology — and how the digital age is testing the essence of creativity.

Sidebar: Digital Humanities: UCLA professors are combining science, art and technology in mysterious ways, from an in-depth look at ancient cities to a unique and progressive way to learn more about meth addictions. Visit each website for yourself.

Sidebar: The Digital Poet: English Professor Brian Kim Stefans makes his mark in electronic writing, setting letters dancing on film and other innovations.

Visions of Creativity: We asked three artists to share their visions of creativity, which appear in small scale throughout the Mind Games article. Visit Visions to see the images as they were meant to be seen, big and bold.

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Professor of Architecture and Urban Design Greg Lynn's "first-generation prototypes of high-technology scavenging of recycled plastics for furniture" on exhibit at the 2008 Venice Biennale as "The Eggplant Table and Duck Table."

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Jim Gimzewski, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, created "Man Touches Atom" to "express the non-scientific through paint." In the center is the microscope he built, and the world around him — including "the future before it happened."

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This is not just art; it's law enforcement in L. A. Anthropology Associate Professor Jeff Brantingham creates crime hot-spot maps via computer, using actual crimes to create the map. The maps "are then superimposed on the area of the city used in the simulations."

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Robert Bilder, psychiatry professor in residence and co-director of The Tennenbaum Center, says that the use of a common object creatively re-thought is "one of the cornerstones of creative cognition." Here, an egg and its shell are the re-expressed objects of art.

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In 2005, World Arts and Cultures Professor Peter Sellars was director and librettist for the debut of composer John Adam's Dr. Atomic, the story of the first atom bomb. The libretto is based largely on the actual words of the scientists and military officials involved.

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Behavioral scientist Marco Iacoboni explains that clips of drinking (top) activated a subject's "mirror neurons" more than cleaning (bottom), suggesting a response "not to the action, but to the intention associated with it."

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