Unblock Your Creativity With the Help of Shelley, Byron and Keats
This experimental videogame converts players in poets and writers.
It could be that the creative block, and the techniques to unblock it, have expanded so much because obstruction is proportional to production. There are more and more people who write regularly, either to make a living or simply to share their opinions with others, and which is why muses are so sought after. And for that there are hundreds of websites , set up, of course, by the same people who need them; the fact is that, often, when one finds oneself paralyzed before a sheet of blank paper one lacks the ideas to go out and seek inspiration. But here is a good and strange ally to have at hand.
Elegy for a Dead World is a videogame in which the player visits three lost civilizations and instead of literally playing, they observe, take notes, and write stories, poems or elegies. But those three worlds are not changeable; they are inspired by Percy Shelley’s “Ozymandias, ” John Keats’ “When I have Fears That I May Cease to Be” and Lord Byron’s “Darkness.” Three wonderful, post-apocalyptic poems.
The game began life in 2013 as a collaboration between Dejobaan Games and Popcannibal. Ziba Scott, one of its creators, says:
We have three great Romantic poets — Shelley, Byron, and Keats — and they each wrote these really moving poems about end times, the end of the world. So, we get this really good, brooding feel of where man’s place on Earth is, and it really sets the tone for writing.
The game is not simply to visit three Romantic versions of the apocalypse but to translate the experience into the inspiration to write. The game itself takes you to the writing process using 27 different writing challenges: for example, write a short story or poem about what you see. Once the game has sufficiently massaged your creativity you can then launch into your mission in ‘real’ life.
It is interesting to imagine the end of time (or, in this case, three) because it is very probable that if one were there, one of the things that we would want to do is sit down and write about what we saw, felt, heard and feared. It is no accident that the Romantics wrote some of their best works while projecting themselves toward a place where the world had ceased to exist.
The game is a great tool for motivating people to write fiction or take on any task that requires creativity.
Pictorial spiritism (a woman's drawings guided by a spirit)
There are numerous examples in the history of self-taught artists which suggest an interrogation of that which we take for granted within the universe of art. Such was the case with figures like
Astounding fairytale illustrations from Japan
Fairy tales tribal stories— are more than childish tales. Such fictions, the characters of which inhabit our earliest memories, aren’t just literary works with an aesthetic and pleasant purpose. They
A cinematic poem and an ode to water: its rhythms, shapes and textures
Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water. - John Keats Without water the equation of life, at least life as we know it, would be impossible. A growing hypothesis holds that water, including the
Watch beauty unfold through science in this "ode to a flower" (video)
The study of the microscopic is one of the richest, most aesthetic methods of understanding the world. Lucky is the scientist who, upon seeing something beautiful, is able to see all of the tiny
To invent those we love or to see them as they are? Love in two of the movies' favorite scenes
So much has been said already, of “love” that it’s difficult to add anything, much less something new. It’s possible, though, perhaps because even if you try to pass through the sieve of all our
This app allows you to find and preserve ancient typographies
Most people, even those who are far removed from the world of design, are familiar with some type of typography and its ability to transform any text, help out dyslexics or stretch an eight page paper
The secrets of the mind-body connection
For decades medical research has recognized the existence of the placebo effect — in which the assumption that a medication will help produces actual physical improvements. In addition to this, a
The sea as infinite laboratory
Much of our thinking on the shape of the world and the universe derives from the way scientists and artists have approached these topics over time. Our fascination with the mysteries of the
Sharing and collaborating - natural movements of the creative being
We might sometimes think that artistic or creative activity is, in essence, individualistic. The Genesis of Judeo-Christian tradition portrays a God whose decision to create the world is as vehement
John Malkovich becomes David Lynch (and other characters)
John Malkovich and David Lynch are, respectively, the actor and film director who’ve implicitly or explicitly addressed the issues of identity and its porous barriers through numerous projects. Now