Miriam College Innovation Center hosts first public lecture on ‘The Future of Creativity’

The Miriam College-Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center (HSSIC) hosted its first public lecture titled ‘The Future of Creativity’, featuring Prof. Mark d’Inverno of Goldsmiths, University of London last February 23 at Miriam College.

Prof. d’Inverno is currently the Pro-warden International at Goldsmiths. He has taught computer science at the same university for 10 years and has led large research projects covering artificial intelligence, art, music, and education.

Creative activity

His lecture proposed a workable definition of “creative activity” to replace “creativity” which he says is a widely and over-used term that has come to mean a little more than that we approve of. His definition is based on current innovations in research and teaching at Goldsmiths and focused on the creative process and pedagogies used for teaching creative practice.

D’Inverno asserts that creative activity is not about novelty nor measuring human power but is something open to us and about a being in the world. “It is a vigor and openness to the world around you. It is engaging yourself and losing yourself in what you’re doing. Sometimes I play the piano and I don’t really know where I am.” D’Inverno is also a critically acclaimed jazz pianist in the UK.

He emphasized that at the heart of teaching creative activity is the need to take and receive feedback about one’s work. “I think that is a critical part of what you want to be. Taking feedback is a difficult, important journey. It is a key to learning.”

As important as getting feedback is giving feedback. “Giving feedback is also a creative act. [Through it] we understand the relationship between intention and perception,” he says.  Among other topics, D’Inverno also touched on using Artificial Intelligence to support human creativity. 
In the audience were Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, representatives from the Commission on Higher Education and the British Council, undergraduate and graduate students, and teachers of design-related fields.

Prof. d’Inverno is the first DREAMS specialist to give a lecture at HSSIC. DREAMS stands for the areas of specialization of the Innovation Center – Design, Robotics, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, Arts, Mathematics, and Social responsibility.

“His talk contributes to the strategic direction of the center which is to become a space where creativity, innovation, and alternative thinking are constantly revisited from both the theoretical and practical vantage points. In so doing, learners, teachers, and industry practitioners are equipped with updated knowledge and skills in the three areas mentioned,” says Dr. Edizon Fermin, Miriam College’s director for Innovation Development.

Partnership in design education

The lecture is in partnership with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), British Council, and Goldsmiths, University of London.  It is part of the ongoing RP-UK Transnational Education (TNE) Links Programme connected to the K to 12 Transition Program of the CHED, under the Institutional Development and Innovation Grants Scheme.

The visit of Prof d’Inverno and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Miriam College and Goldsmiths heralds the formalization of the partnership between the two institutions for the development of a niche graduate degree program in design education.

Goldsmiths is one of the world’s leading institutions for Arts and Humanities in the UK and has a rich heritage of producing alumni that have had a huge impact on the "creative industries," winning Oscars, Turner prizes, Ivor Novello awards, Olivier awards and Mercury awards. Its roster of alumni include fashion designer Mary Quant and Vivienne Westwood, filmmaker Steve McQueen, sculptor Sir Antony Mark David Gormley, composer Adrian Sutton, and artist Damien Hirst.