After Dark Online: Sustenance—Contemplating Creativity

Thursday, November 19, 2020 • 7:00 p.m. PST

Adults Only (18+)

Free online event: Join below or via YouTube or Facebook

As a vital form of intelligence, creative thinking takes many shapes. Tonight, we’ll dig into the creative mind; hear from creators about their processes; and uncover what neuroscientists have discovered about the brain, creativity, and the nourishing effects of both producing and experiencing creative outputs.

This program features:

Hear from Psyche Loui, a psychology and neuroscience researcher and musician—she’ll share her insights into the brain structures and processes that support the creative practice of music composition and improvisation, and the auditory and multisensory responses we may have when experiencing music. Loui is assistant professor of creativity and creative practice and director of the Music, Imaging, and Neural Dynamics Laboratory at Northeastern University.

Step into the creative process of musician Adria Otte. Otte creates music inspired from a diverse musical background that includes classical violin studies, rock bands, traditional Korean drumming, free improvisation, and experimental electronic music. As a multi-instrumentalist, she has performed improvised and composed works on violin, electric guitar, and both digital and analog electronics.

How can observation and a dedication to asking questions support a robust creative practice? Hear from naturalist Fiona Gillogly about her approach to nature journaling and the ways observation maintains and expands her creative mindset.

Use familiar materials in unfamiliar ways with our Tinkering Studio—they’ll guide you through explorations of balance and build balancing sculptures. Contribute to the conversation by adding your own creation to their Twitter thread at #ExploringBalance.


Inspired by the autumnal harvest, this month’s After Dark Online explores the qualities, practices, and materials that connect us as a culture and provide nourishment and resilience through time of scarcity. What do you want to take forward? What can you leave behind?