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Is It Good for Artists to be pushed Outside Their Comfort Zone?

Japanese-born and Brooklyn-based, artist Hisham Akira Bharoocha is no stranger to immersing himself and his audiences in a vast array of cultural experiences. His opinion:

'It’s a great challenge to take artists out of their comfort zone. We all end up finding a comfort zone whatever we do in life and it’s good to have the slight feeling of unease to push ourselves into new dimensions of creation or expression. I always feel a little nervous when trying something new in an unfamiliar space but I always feel great once I’ve accomplished the task at hand. New ideas are only born once you push yourself outside of your comfort zone.'
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  • Mar 6 2014: I think this relates to artistic and individual freedom. Does the artist have the right to do something and then burn it? What about after publishing it? It is also related to freedom of speech and I think lastly also linked to the responsibility that the artist has towards society and vice versa.

    With this I mean, is it okay for a filmmaker to make an incredibly boring film not caring about the audience or making a film intentionally boring trying to annoy the audience? I suppose it depends what answer we give to questions like those then we may be able to get an answer to this one.

    I think artists have a responsibility to enrich their craft, to enhance themselves and essentially to improve as artists. For this reason they must travel, they must practice other arts, the must experience everything and feel everything. It is incredible to see the progress of songwriters from their early years to their mature work (Neil Young, Mark Knopfler, Silvio Rodriguez...) what an amazing thing would have been having Kurt Cobain to add to that list!

    I love the idea of taking artists out of their comfort zone because they create something amazing. Take Spielberg for example and Schindler's List. Lars Von Trier did an exercise of this sort with his project The Five Obstructions where he took his film The Perfect Human and asked director Jorgen Leth to remake it giving him specific obstructions, the result were a number of very peculiar short films where Leth was forced to overcome certain obstacles.

    In summary, I believe artists can create within their comfort zone but we seem to find their exceptional work when they dare to come out of this zone.
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      Mar 6 2014: '...is it okay for a filmmaker to make an incredibly boring film not caring about the audience...'
      Craftsmen and artists have the right to do as they please. But most of them that do that are 'luxury artists' who don't need to earn money.

      'It is incredible to see the progress of songwriters from their early years to their mature work (Neil Young, Mark Knopfler, Silvio Rodriguez...) what an amazing thing would have been having Kurt Cobain to add to that list!'
      Excellent insight to which I strongly agree Martin. You even mentioned the apt artists! They are my fav too.

      '...the result were a number of very peculiar short films where Leth was forced to overcome certain obstacles.'
      Great illustration sir.

      'I believe artists can create within their comfort zone but we seem to find their exceptional work when they dare to come out of this zone.'
      We agree on this again.
  • Mar 2 2014: Yes. Coming out of comfort zone leads to new experiences. Every new experience gained becomes an invaluable tool in the artist's armoury. Creative people produce work by relating various unrelated entities(objects, experiences, visuals). So more the number of experiences more the ability to come up with new relations.
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      Mar 2 2014: Most true artists are 'recluses' or anti-social. They don't care about publicity and yet most become successful. Of course they would be more 'viral' if they mix outside with society---outside comfort zone.
  • Feb 23 2014: Most definitely, consider Beethoven and the problem of encroaching deafness. Upon noticing the fact that he was going deaf Beethoven pushed himself to extremes to get out all the passion that waited inside him. Many great artists have had very hard lives and often it was these circumstances which created a new invigoration which pushed them far. In addition, their suffering gave them the life experience that helped in their art.
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      Feb 23 2014: Yes Frank. Most great artists live spartan lives and most don't even get the monetary reward they deserve.

      A famous writer also said that creatives will not achieve greatness if they don't jump into the unknown---which is also pushing one's self outside the comfort zone.
  • Feb 25 2014: Yes, we all need to be pushed outside of our comfort zone to reach for more and expand our personal universe.
  • Feb 24 2014: A certain amount of stress is good for all organisms, that has been proven many times.
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      Feb 24 2014: Right. Even a diamond needs to be roughed up and polished so it would achieve flawlessness.
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    Feb 23 2014: It seems an excellent choice for artists to make for themselves.
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      Feb 23 2014: Yes sir. And of course most excellent things are most difficult too.