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Questioning the Myth of Ideation: Tatiana Chemi and the Hard Work of Creativity

  • Carmen Richardson
  • Danah HenriksenEmail author
  • The Deep-Play Research Group
Column: Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century

Professional artists, professional creators, can’t just sit there and wait for a good idea to come.

~ Tatiana Chemi

Creativity is a by-product of hard work. If I never have another really new idea, it won’t matter.

~ Andy Rooney

Inspiration exists but it has to find you working.

~ Pablo Picasso


In our current series of articles we have highlighted the scholarship of various creativity experts. Most recently we shared the work of Drs. Paula Thomson and Victoria Jacque who provided insight into the relationship between creativity, movement, and the physical body, with an eye toward creativity and wellness. In this article we extend our line of inquiry via a conversation with Dr. Tatiana Chemi, an associate professor at Aalborg University in Denmark. Originally from Italy, Dr. Chemi first began thinking about creativity as a theatre studies student at the University of Naples. She considers herself fortunate as an undergraduate to have belonged to a group that conducted...



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carmen Richardson
    • 1
  • Danah Henriksen
    • 2
    Email author
  • The Deep-Play Research Group
  1. 1.Kamehameha SchoolsKeaʻauUSA
  2. 2.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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