A friend reminded me of that quote last night during a conversation about the origins of "Always Punch Up" (see yesterday's Green Room for more details).
Last night I was also reading David Byrne's "How Music Works"
http://www.openculture.com/2011/05/david_byrne_how_architecture_helped_music_evolve.html (this isn't the book, but it's part of a TED talk he did on a subject covered in the book). He talks about how music evolved to fit the spaces that it was being performed in - and that in general creativity did that, it morphs to fit in pre-existing forms. Which I thought was interesting, especially in light of people writing for LJ Idol and then turning around and adapting those works for other venues.
(Which has been happening quite a bit over the last couple of years)
The two bits don't have a lot to do with each other, but for some reason my head has put them together as "the importance of perspective in the creative process" - that how you look at things is going to be shaped by the space (physical or mental) that you are in.
As the culture around us changes, our art changes as well, to fit within that space. But, of course, that culture isn't an universal thing. Which is often difficult to remember. Even with global communications, people often end up in a bit of an echo chamber where there are like-minded voices combined with the worst of what "the other side" has to offer - and that ends up being a lot of the world view.
How has the space you are in impacted what you create, and how you create it?
Btw - there is a vote going on: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/822267.html
with all sorts of awesome creations! So go check that out!
If anyone wants to Home Game - there's a link for that as well: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/820882.html