The artistic side of engineering

Scratching and Ideas.

“The first steps of a creative act are like groping in the dark: random and chaotic, feverish and fearful, a lot of busy-ness with no apparent or definable end in sight.”

–This is the exact feeling that I have whenever I start a big project. It seems like it will never end and that there is no hope. There is so much to do and so little time to do it. You never quite have a clear-cut idea of the final outcome and you always just have to wing it at the very beginning.

“Scratching can look like borrowing or appropriating, but’s an essential part of creativity. It’s primal, and very private. It’s a way of saying to the gods, “Oh, don’t mine me, I’ll just wander around in these back hallways…” and then gravving that piece of fire and running like hell.”

–Nobody can just spurt out a random idea and have it evolve into an elaborate story or beautiful piece of art or architecture. There are roots to every idea, whether it’s past experiences or something you see walking down the street some morning. There has to be a spark, or fire, as Tharp describes it, that begins every idea. And no, this isn’t plagiarism, just as long as you run far enough away from the original place that the fire came from and build your own idea around the scrap of creativity you found.

“That is why you scratch for the little ideas. Without the little ideas, there are no big ideas.”

–You find these scraps of creativity in everything you see and hear, everything that is around you is a potential area to grab an idea from. But you can’t read a book and say you’re going to take the whole idea of it. It doesn’t work that way. There’s a difference between scratching and digging. Scratching is harmless and nobody will notice, but once you start digging, people will start to wonder if you really came up with what you claim as yours or if you just dug far enough down that you rediscovered it.


–Interviewing Tricking club, as kind of a documentary/informative video of why they do it and what it means to them.

–Find current research going on in the engineering department and ask them about how it will change the engineering field

–Film current events going on during E-week and emphasize their importance to the college of engineering.

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