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If you haven’t heard about Vancouver’s new Inspiration Lab at the Central Library downtown, get ready for awesomeness. This free digital media hub is a custom-built space dedicated to digital creativity, collaboration and storytelling. To celebrate the grand opening earlier this month, the library’s reading experts are sharing this list of great reads that will inspire and get your creative juices flowing.
1. Scrapbooking allows us to draw inspiration from the detritus of modern culture. More than craft, it can take on the stature of a creative art form when pieced together with the intimacy and communicability of Sonja Ahlers’ The Selves. A visual reminiscence of (post) modern femininity that is at once both affectionate and critical, Ahlers scrapbook is a galvanizing call to the artistic freedom afforded by this analog art. Perusing The Selves, you may find yourself like musician and Riot Grrrl icon Kathleen Hanna “standing somewhere seductive, familiar and very funny.”
2. What could inspire creativity more than peeking into a culture where human involvement in art is non-existent? George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four offers a frightening depiction of a world so overrun by technology that music, art and literature are created solely by a machine – the Versificator.
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