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Peer into the minds of the greatest creative geniuses in history. Join us as we explore the mystery of how creativity works, art history and how you can improve your own creative process. The labyrinth awaits.

Creative Codex is one-part podcast and one-part imaginative lecture series, featuring thoroughly researched insights into the creative process mixed with captivating soundscapes and original music.

Produced & Written by MJDorian

Creative Codex MJDorian

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 220 Ratings

Peer into the minds of the greatest creative geniuses in history. Join us as we explore the mystery of how creativity works, art history and how you can improve your own creative process. The labyrinth awaits.

Creative Codex is one-part podcast and one-part imaginative lecture series, featuring thoroughly researched insights into the creative process mixed with captivating soundscapes and original music.

Produced & Written by MJDorian

    Language Fails Us: Confronting the Nature of Art & Artessence

    Language Fails Us: Confronting the Nature of Art & Artessence

    Where language breaks, art begins. Language routinely fails us in conversations about art and creativity. In the following essay, I elaborate on the reason for this problem and offer three terms which can help give more depth and clarity to our discussions of art.

    The three primary experiential aspects of art:

    Art-making: verb, a creative act that results in an art-object.

    Art-object: noun, a material or immaterial byproduct of art-making.

    Artessence: noun, the state of mind of an art experience.

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    Read the essay in its original written form here: https://mjdorian.com/language/

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    • 22 min
    46: Alexander McQueen • Woven in Shadows (Part 3)

    46: Alexander McQueen • Woven in Shadows (Part 3)

    What happens to Alexander McQueen when he achieves his life's dream? Is he able to continue creating inspired collections in spite of the intense pressures of global fame? What are the personal meanings behind his most iconic collections? And what leads to his tragic end?

    We will explore all of those questions and much more on this finale to the McQueen series.

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    View the companion gallery for this episode here: ⁠⁠https://mjdorian.com/mcqueen/⁠⁠
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    Video of the McQueen's Eclect Dissect (1997) collection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiJH8B2HxGU&t=136s

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    Research Sources:
    • Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin by Andrew Wilson
    • Alexander McQueen: The Life and the Legacy by Judith Watt
    • McDowell's Directory of Twentieth Century Fashion
    • Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
    • McQueen (Documentary, 2018)
    • Cutting Up Rough: Alexander McQueen (Documentary, BBC, 1997)
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    Audio Editor: Erik Texter
    All Music by MJDorian
    Written & Produced by MJDorian
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    Executive Producer: Mike Hill
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    Thank-you's & 'shout outs' to the Shadow Fam!
    Shadow-Fam: AKD, Anna Wolff, Aranea Push, Arturo Barrios, Barak Talker, Brandon Massengale, Cesar Roman, Chee Sing Kam, Clark Price, Clinton King, Dallas O’Kelly, Danny Olague, DVM, Elle, Ellis Morton, Gabriel Trudeau, Geo_H, Hamed Iranmehr, Jane Lopardo, Janet Roccanova, Jaskaran Purewal, Jasmine Carroll, Joe Boland, Kahlil Pyburn, Kawika, Kayla Dawson, Kristin Richard, Kristina Lamour Sansone, Maurus Fitze, Michael Lloyd, Nicole Wessel, Owen McAteer, Rach, Rachel Schultz, Rebecca, Ricky, Robert, Romina, Scott Wierzbicki, Sigitas Treciokas, Simon Bonanno, Sowmya Hariharan, Tamara, Terry W, Uppity Mantis, Venetia Nadin, Yadie Cisneros, Zarja Menart, and Zuzana. Thank you for your support!
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    • 2 hr 5 min
    Creativity Tip 23: Be Driven By A Vision

    Creativity Tip 23: Be Driven By A Vision

    All creative geniuses have visions throughout their lives which guide their work. What does it mean to have a vision? How does a vision differ from a goal? How do you discover your own vision? Let's talk about it.

    This insight developed from recent studies and reflections I've been engaged in, it is part of my current attempt to define creative genius through several traits which all creative geniuses seem to share. In searching through all of the insights gathered over five years of doing this show, I've noticed that all of the figures we have covered have a vision which, in some way, guides their creativity.

    I hope you find this minisode inspiring.

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    Here are the questions mentioned in the episode. I recommend getting a journal or opening up a notepad on your computer and answering them to compel a vision of your own. Feel free to be as prosaic and lengthy as you like. 


    What activities / mediums am I most passionate about? What are my strengths in those activities / mediums? 


    What subjects and styles do I find most engaging? What subjects and styles do I love ‘creating in’ most? 


    What’s something the world needs? What’s something I’ve never seen anyone do?

    Even if the process of answering these doesn’t lead to a new vision immediately, the act of dialogue with your inner world will jumpstart something which will.

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    • 12 min
    45: Alexander McQueen • Woven in Shadows (Part 2)

    45: Alexander McQueen • Woven in Shadows (Part 2)

    More than anything else in the world, Alexander McQueen at 21 years old wants to be a fashion designer. He embarks on a bold journey to flip the fashion industry on its head. But what makes his early collections so revolutionary and controversial? And what leads to him being 'discovered'?
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    View the companion gallery for this episode (including the video of McQueen's graduate collection) here: ⁠https://mjdorian.com/mcqueen/⁠
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    A transcript is available of this episode on my site: ⁠https://mjdorian.com/transcripts/⁠

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    Research Sources:
    • Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin by Andrew Wilson
    • Alexander McQueen: The Life and the Legacy by Judith Watt
    • McDowell's Directory of Twentieth Century Fashion
    • Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
    • McQueen (Documentary, 2018)
    • Cutting Up Rough: Alexander McQueen (Documentary, BBC, 1997)
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    Audio Editor: D. Martin Sound
    All Music by MJDorian
    Written & Produced by MJDorian
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    Thank you to my Dream Maker tier!
    Executive Producer: Mike Hill
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    Shadow-Fam: AKD, Anna Wolff, Aranea Push, Arturo Barrios, Barak Talker, Brandon Massengale, Cesar Roman, Chee Sing Kam, Clark Price, Clinton King, Dallas O’Kelly, Danny Olague, DVM, Elle, Ellis Morton, Gabriel Trudeau, Geo_H, Hamed Iranmehr, Jane Lopardo, Janet Roccanova, Jaskaran Purewal, Jasmine Carroll, Joe Boland, Kahlil Pyburn, Kawika, Kayla Dawson, Kristin Richard, Kristina Lamour Sansone, Maurus Fitze, Michael Lloyd, Nicole Wessel, Owen McAteer, Rach, Rachel Schultz, Rebecca, Ricky, Robert, Romina, Scott Wierzbicki, Sigitas Treciokas, Simon Bonanno, Sowmya Hariharan, Tamara, Terry W, Uppity Mantis, Venetia Nadin, Yadie Cisneros, Zarja Menart, and Zuzana. Thank you for your support!
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    44: Alexander McQueen • Woven in Shadows (Part 1)

    44: Alexander McQueen • Woven in Shadows (Part 1)

    How does a boy from a working class London background with no connections to the fashion industry go on to become one of the greatest fashion designers of all time? This is the story of Lee Alexander McQueen. Join me as we dive into the life and work of one of the most celebrated and controversial designers of the 21st century.

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    A transcript is available of this episode on my site: https://mjdorian.com/transcripts/

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    Research Sources:

    • Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin by Andrew Wilson

    • Alexander McQueen: The Life and the Legacy by Judith Watt

    • McDowell's Directory of Twentieth Century Fashion

    • Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

    • McQueen (Documentary, 2018)

    • Cutting Up Rough: Alexander McQueen (Documentary, BBC, 1997)

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    Audio Editor: D. Martin Sound

    All Music by MJDorian

    Written & Produced by MJDorian

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    Thank you to my Dream Maker tier!

    Executive Producer: Mike Hill

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    Thank-you's & 'shout outs' to the Shadow Fam!

    Shadow-Fam: AKD, Anna Wolff, Aranea Push, Arturo Barrios, Barak Talker, Brandon Massengale, Cesar Roman, Chee Sing Kam, Clark Price, Clinton King, Dallas O’Kelly, Danny Olague, DVM, Elle, Ellis Morton, Gabriel Trudeau, Geo_H, Hamed Iranmehr, Jane Lopardo, Janet Roccanova, Jaskaran Purewal, Jasmine Carroll, Joe Boland, Kahlil Pyburn, Kawika, Kayla Dawson, Kristin Richard, Kristina Lamour Sansone, Maurus Fitze, Michael Lloyd, Nicole Wessel, Owen McAteer, Rach, Rachel Schultz, Rebecca, Ricky, Robert, Romina, Scott Wierzbicki, Sigitas Treciokas, Simon Bonanno, Sowmya Hariharan, Tamara, Terry W, Uppity Mantis, Venetia Nadin, Yadie Cisneros, Zarja Menart, and Zuzana. Thank you for your support!

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Creativity Tip 22: Harvesting Time

    Creativity Tip 22: Harvesting Time

    Ever feel like life is too busy to explore your creativity? Ever feel like you don't have enough time?
    On this Creativity Tip minisode we explore the idea of finding and utilizing the corners of your day. And the possibility that less time isn't always a bad thing–just ask yourself:
    What can I do with the time that I have?

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    • 11 min

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4.9 out of 5
220 Ratings

220 Ratings

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Best podcast series ever. So much effort, so much attention to details, so much research and on top of that such a kind and thoughtful way of presenting the podcast.

I wish you could keep going with Freud and Jung and maybe expand and include Alfred Adler.

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For anyone who has even the mildest interest in art, this is a must-listen. Especially if you find yourself to have an interest in the folks who tend to exist on the fringes of society, as those are the subjects the host often covers, this will be very enriching for you. My favorite series were the ones that covered Marina Abromović and Vincent Van Gogh. But of course I’ve enjoyed each that I’ve listened to so far. Also, major shout out for no ads!

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