I’m Not Creative, But...

A Sydney Ideas and Seymour Centre presentation as part of VIVID Sydney

3 June

I’m not creative, but... playfully investigates the role of creativity in all career paths, well beyond the so-called creative industries. Science tells us that one-half of our brain, the right, is what we use for expressive and creative tasks, the left side for logical and analytical thinking. Yet, at some level, both need to work together, to achieve optimum results.

I’m not creative, but... asks five of Sydney University’s leading academics representing diverse disciplines including design, history, IT and philosophy to explain their views on creativity and its role in their careers to date. Do they consider themselves creative people? What does a creative approach to academia look like? Can you be a successful academic without being creative? What is the very core of creativity?

The panel will be chaired by Tim Jones, Artistic Director and General Manager of the Seymour Centre.


Professor Rick Benitez

Rick Benitez is a Professor of classical philosophy at the University of Sydney and his current research project is the ARC funded Plato's Myth Voice: The Identification and Interpretation of Inspired Speech in Plato. He has been awarded for his innovative teaching methods.

Wendy Davis

Wendy Davis is an Associate Professor and Director of the Illumination Design program in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney.

Iain McCalman AO

Iain McCalman AO, Professorial Research Fellow, University of Sydney is a historian and author of the award winning book, Darwin’s Armada and documentary TV Series, Darwin’s Brave New World.

Judy Kay

Judy Kay is Professor of Computer Science and leads the CHAI: Computer Human Adapted Interaction Research Group at the University of Sydney. Her research provides new ways for people to make use of large interactive tabletops and wall displays.

Martin Tomitsch

Martin Tomitsch originally trained in informatics with a focus on human-computer interaction design and is now is a member of the Design Lab in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney.