No Show* // Creation



Creation: the act of making, inventing, or producing

We spend our entire lives creating. From the moment we enter the world, we develop constructs, both physical and abstract, that express ourselves and define us. We create, we co-create, we destroy. Continuing our exploration of the human condition, DIALOGUE and Gershoni Creative gathered to investigate the nature of creation and how it impacts our lives in an ever-changing world.

We gathered to question how creation is influenced by the tools we have available, both in the physical sense, and in our imaginative sphere. To spark cross-pollination for deep, meaningful insight, we curated a group of leaders who engage in creation through a variety of avenues — a clown, an educator, a film-maker, designers, a molecular biologist, a color specialist — and asked:

// How do our environments shape our creative process?

// Is there something in our basic psychology that feeds our desire to create, or is it constructed?

// How do our visions and objectives confine or enhance our act of creation?

// Do society’s necessities demand particular acts of creation? What of our world has been created to meet urgent needs? What has been created to indulge desires?

Photo credit: Gershoni Creative

Photo credit: Gershoni Creative

Through inquiry and reflection we developed insight, and further questions. Creation, we agreed, satisfies an existential angst of the human mind, and begins in a place of experimentation, a place to tinker and wonder. The freedom to be curious and the safety to make mistakes can bring out an unabashed, childlike wonder in creation. In acts of co-creation, we build new materials and can construct both novel experiences and products. And yes, our social and built environments influence the possibilities we see, and thus how we create. What type of conditions do we hope to erect for the future of creation?



Over the course of the year, this series on the Human Condition has covered topics such as: Nourishment, Belonging, Attraction, and with an upcoming one on Purpose. We aim to use No Show as a space to grapple with issues that are central to the challenges society, in hopes of building a more connected, caring, and innovative future. Additional insights on each topic to follow.


No ShowAriel Cooper