Rubberbandit Blindboy Boatclub gave a speech about creativity and socially engaged art at the Film Industry Open Day at Troy Studios on Saturday.
Appearing in traditional Rubberbandit headwear, a plastic bag, Blindboy spoke to over 800 people attending the free event by Screen Testing Ireland.
Joined on stage by bandmate Mr Chrome, Blindboy described the film studio as “wonderful” and “amazing”.
“With Troy coming to Limerick, you want that to start a cultural revolution in the city. You want young people to say ‘I wouldn’t mind working in there some day’,” he said.
He told aspiring filmmakers that expensive equipment wasn’t needed to create art and showed his short films made with basic equipment as examples.
“All you need to have is basic creativity and the fundamental ability to tell a story,” he said.
Blindboy described social media as “a space to be explored for art” and said television is dying.
The Rubberbandits have produced television shows for RTÉ, ITV, and MTV in America.
“The best place you can be right now is putting stuff online. All the TV networks are dying except for Netflix. Social media is the future,” he said.
The Limerick artist, who received a Masters in Social Practice and the Creative Environment last year, explored his early creative development and the psychology of creativity for the audience.
Blindboy explained that he was influenced by and followed the interests of his older brothers including music, painting and comedy.
He added that as he developed as a child he would get praised by adults for following those creative paths.
“When you’re a young kid and you get praise that turns into self-praise. What can happen is your identity and your self-esteem can become dependent on whether or not you’re good at these things.
“We start to give ourselves what’s called conditional positive self-regard. We only give ourselves regard for our worth as a person based on whether we’re good at certain things. That’s simply not rational as your behaviour does not define you, it’s just one aspect of you,” he said.
Blindboy cited the work of American psychologist Carl Rogers into ‘conditions of worth’ and called on the audience to “embrace failure”.
“Some of the best lessons you will learn in your life come from failure. There’s only one type of real, actual failure and that’s wanting to do something and not doing it out of fear,” he said.
He explained to the audience his views on how they can improve their attitudes towards identity, self-esteem and creativity.
“How good or bad you are at what you do does not define how you are as a person. If you can genuinely say to yourself everyday ‘I am better than nobody else and nobody else is better than me because all I can be is the best me’ your self-esteem will naturally rise,” he said.
Blindboy’s presentation followed interviews and Q&A’s with industry professionals in directing, locations, accounts, lighting, sound and many other heads of departments.
Attendees were also able to visit a demo area which had booths on post production, costume design, lighting, make-up, virtual reality technology and more.