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Creativity and the Unconscious, Part II

While the Surrealists were not the first artists to draw on the unconscious for inspiration, they were the first artists in Western history to explicitly draw on psychoanalytic ideas in their art-making processes, turning directly to the unconscious for inspiration. In order to do so, they developed a wide array of techniques, including the cut-up, […]

Creativity and the Unconscious, Part I

The relationship between creativity and the unconscious is older than our theories about it. It predates not only such doctors of the unconscious as Freud and Jung, but also such philosophers of the imagination as Plato and Coleridge. It is older, in fact, than the oldest stone carvings and cave paintings, reaching far back into […]

Creativity and the Unconscious, Part II

While the Surrealists were not the first artists to draw on the unconscious for inspiration, they were the first artists in Western history to explicitly draw on psychoanalytic ideas in their art-making processes, turning directly to the unconscious for inspiration. In order to do so, they developed a wide array of techniques, including the cut-up, […]

Creativity and the Unconscious, Part I

The relationship between creativity and the unconscious is older than our theories about it. It predates not only such doctors of the unconscious as Freud and Jung, but also such philosophers of the imagination as Plato and Coleridge. It is older, in fact, than the oldest stone carvings and cave paintings, reaching far back into […]