W. Boning about Creativity: You can only thrive if your mind is free!

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Wigald Boning about Creativity: »You can only thrive if your mind is free!« Wigald Boning about Creativity: »You can only thrive if your mind is free!«

Wigald Boning is a television presenter, musician, comedian, author, occasional actor and passionate shopping list collector. Videothink wanted to find out what he thinks and feels about creativity.

In his new TV show “Rock The Classic”, the well-known german TV-Host spontaneously takes up the flute and improvises with top acts such as the folk-metal band Eluveitie live on film.

Wigald Boning about Creativity

Videothink: Who is Wigald Boning?

Wigald Boning: I’m a compactly built, robust, short-sighted jack-of-all-trades, and I like to think I was a Shetland pony in a past life. I’m credited with having a distinct sense of humour, but my children call me “Mr Unfunny”.

What about creativity?

Creativity is the ability to develop and link ideas in order to provide new solutions to problems. This is characteristic of humankind but also other species.

Would you consider yourself as a creative mind?

Certainly. Linking ideas is great fun – the less the original materials have to do with each other the more refreshing it is to come up with solutions. Although, unfortunately, having said that, not every idea link solves a problem.

Is it possible to learn or even teach creativity?

There are definitely certain creativity-conducive aptitudes that can be inherited, but there are also certain patterns, structures and methods that can be learnt – some in childhood play but others later.

“Strangely enough, the claim that creative people are psychopaths is most often stated by less creative people”.
Wigald Boning

Apparently, creativity is contagious. However, only a few know that it’s also demanding.

I don’t think that creativity is contagious (sadly), nor do I think that it’s demanding (luckily). I have noticed two things: Firstly, strangely enough, the claim that creative people are psychopaths is most often stated by less creative people. Secondly, I’ve met people who although they weren’t creative themselves, possessed the ability to carry out creative endeavours thanks to certain mental characteristics – almost like a mild form of autism. (I am of course speaking purely as a layperson here; I’m not a psychologist or a neurologist).

What do you think is the absolute suppressor of creativity?

Lack of freedom. Genuine creativity can only thrive if your mind is completely free! I use children’s games as an example to myself.

Have you ever had a creativity blockage?

For me a creativity blockage is simply not wanting to deal with X. So I go for a walk around the block and then get on with Y.

The word ‘creativity’ stems from the Latin word creare, which translates as ‘to create, produce or make something new’. Have you ever made something of which you are very proud?

Pride is one of the seven deadly sins if you talk about creativity. I’m more grateful that I’ve been able to lead such a wonderful life and that most of the time I’m allowed to play like a child. It’s like heaven on earth.

Where do you get your ideas?

I don’t ‘get’ ideas. They are created in a way that I have very little influence over. I am very sceptical of organised ‘brainstorming’. However, it is helpful if you can ‘play’ together with your friends without any concrete objective – at least in the development stage. Searching for inspiration by, say, going to the zoo for example also won’t hurt. I particularly like Mozart, Picasso and Robert Walser.

If creativity were a piece of music, what would it sound like?

Both would be eclectic collages, wouldn’t they?

What do you think of your TV-Show “Rock the Classic”, now that we talk about creativity?

It’s fantastic. I feel privileged to be allowed to witness creative people finding their way. Up to now, the results have always been entertaining – and getting there was even more entertaining.

What is your next creative project?

Since August 2015, I’ve been spending all my nights outside in the fresh air and I’m going to continue doing this until at least March. Places, nights and sleep can be rediscovered like this. It’s fun to write about and the book, in diary form, is due to be published in September 2016.

Thank you, Wigald. We look forward to the next season of “Rock the Classic” with you!


The interview was conducting in writing | Questions by: Marianne van der Kooi | (c) Photo: SRF Schweizer Radio & Fernsehen | Wigald Boning online: facebook.com/wigald.boning


Our Videothink interviews can do all but one thing: bore. In our interview section directors, creative heads, key people in the film world and other exponents of national and international moving image communication have their say. The articles so far, aside from Wigald Boning, portray: Adrian Teijido (Director of Photography, about his work on Netflix’ Narcos), Patrick Merz, Movie Director Markus WelterJuerg Ebe, Joerg Buckmann and  Kristian Widmer.

About Pascal Kohler
Pascal Kohler is Trainee at Condor Films.

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