"I wanted to be the instigator of new ideas. I wanted to turn people on to new things and new perspectives."
I loved the Bowie documentary Five Years which screened on BBC 2 last week. There are a few Bowie documentaries out there but this really dug deep into his creative process. There were so many great quotes in there that I thought it might be an idea to look at them in relation to some of the ideas I've blogged or talked about in the past.
"I've always found that I collect. I'm a collector. I collect personalities, ideas."
Some of the most creative people I know are collectors. As I pointed out here collecting "exercises your creative muscle. It powers your curiosity, imagination and appreciation. It teaches you about aesthetics, sharpens your powers of observation, helps you understand patterns and recognise what is missing. We build narratives around our collections as well as human connections. We strive for perfection with our collections and in doing so achieve Flow. We experiment and tinker with our collections and most importantly everything we do with them forms a pool of inspiration for future projects."
"I'm a storyteller and I decided to enact the story I was writing rather than perform it as myself"
You learn how to become a storyteller through your collections.
"I wanted to make a mark and I didn't know how to do it. And it took me all of the 60s to try everything I could think of, in terms of theatre and art and music, to find out what it was I wanted to do anyway."
"Everything that I read, any film that I saw, any bit of theatre. Everything went into my mind as being an influence."
"I went naked in Berlin. I really did strip down to basic essentials."