Sunday, February 1, 2015

collaboration and sharing - Sci Am and the Freer and Sackler Gallery

Scientific American discusses Creativity is Collective.  An excerpt (a fairly large one at that. The link is to the teaser; the rest is behind a paywall):
 Albert Einstein once observed, “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” In these terms, the straitjacket of groups and of mainstream society is often thought to spell death for creativity. Many see the notion of group creativity as an oxymoron.
But let us think creatively here and challenge the basic assumption that the individual creator is the only critical component of the creative process. 
40,000 works of Asian art are available from the Freer and Sackler galleries.
That's thousands of works now ready for you to download, modify, and share for noncommercial can explore the Smithsonian's museums of Asian art from anywhere in the world, whenever you like. Images can be used for all non-commercial purposes, from desktop wallpapers to artistic gifts for family and friends. 
I browsed the images and they look great.  I have to wonder about the classification system though.  As you can see in the image, I browsed by culture and found 'Native Americans' and 'Crow Indians'.  I don't have the skill to recognize a crow drawn using Native American techniques -if indeed such a term can apply to the many nations across Canada and the US - but I can recognize Hanja, or Chinese Characters.

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