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Proust’s Questionnaire

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  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
  2. What is your greatest fear?
  3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
  4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
  5. Which living person do you most admire?
  6. What is your greatest extravagance?
  7. What is your current state of mind?
  8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
  9. On what occasion do you lie?
  10. What do you most dislike about your appearance?
  11. Which living person do you most despise?
  12. What is the quality you most like in a man?
  13. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
  14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
  15. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
  16. When and where were you happiest?
  17. Which talent would you most like to have?
  18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  19. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
  20. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
  21. Where would you most like to live?
  22. What is your most treasured possession?
  23. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
  24. What is your favorite occupation?
  25. What is your most marked characteristic?
  26. What do you most value in your friends?
  27. Who are your favorite writers?
  28. Who is your hero of fiction?
  29. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
  30. Who are your heroes in real life?
  31. What are your favorite names?
  32. What is it that you most dislike?
  33. What is your greatest regret?
  34. How would you like to die?
  35. What is your motto?

 

 

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Joy’s creative questionnaire

  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
  2. How do you think you can achieve it?
  3. What is your greatest fear?
  4. How can you fight against it?
  5. What is the trait you deplore in yourself?
  6. What do you do in order to change it or accept it?
  7. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
  8. What do you do to coexist with them?
  9. Which living person do you most admire?
  10. Why do you admire him/her?
  11. What is your greatest extravagance?
  12. Do you feed it or do you fight against it?
  13. What is your current state of mind?
  14. Why?
  15. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
  16. And the most underrated?
  17. On what occasion do you lie?
  18. On what occasion would you never lie?
  19. What do you most dislike about your appearance?
  20. What do you like the most about your appearance?
  21. Which living person do you most despise?
  22. Why do you despise him/her
  23. What is the quality you most like in a man/woman?
  24. What is the quality you most dislike in a man/woman
  25. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
  26. Which words or phrases don’t you ever use?
  27. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
  28. Is it corresponded?
  29. When and where were you happiest?
  30. Do you think you can reach that moment of happiness again?
  31. Which talent would you most like to have?
  32. From the talents that you have, which is the one you like the most?
  33. If you could change one think about yourself, what would it be?
  34. If you had to change everything about yourself and keep just one thing, what would it be?
  35. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
  36. And your greatest failure?
  37. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
  38. What do you think you were before being a person?
  39. Where would you most like to live?
  40. Do you think you can live there? How?
  41. What is your most treasured possession?
  42. Why is it so treasured?
  43. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
  44. What does misery mean in your own words?
  45. What is your favorite occupation?
  46. What bores you?
  47. What is your most marked characteristic according to yourself?
  48. And according to others?
  49. What do you most value in your friends?
  50. What do they value about you?
  51. Who are your favorite writers?
  52. Why?
  53. Who is your hero of fiction?
  54. What is it that makes him heroic?
  55. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
  56. And less identified with?
  57. Who are your heroes in real life?
  58. What is it that makes him heroic?

 

Creative Questionooj

Hey, I’ve got some questions!:

  1. If you could shout one thing into the world at this moment, what would it be?
  2. Why aren’t you shouting?
  3. What are questions that you are currently trying to solve?
  4. Are there any questions that you think about knowing they don’t have a definitive answer?
  5. What is at the foundation of the strongest relationships around you right now?
  6. What are the values that guide your life?
  7. What are the values represented most saliently in your everyday actions?
  8. Are those values the same? Why or why not?
  9. What role do animals have in your everyday thinking?
  10. What value does land carry?
  11. What images get your heart beating faster?
  12. Describe yourself. Make a list of inanimate objects that could also be described using similar terms.
  13. What is blocking you from meeting your definitions of success?
  14. Where is your body holding tension right now?
  15. What is the history of that tension?
  16. Who has inspired your work?
  17. What objects hold significance to you?
  18. Describe those objects. What people fit similar descriptions?
  19. When you hear “non-human,” what do you think of?
  20. What does home smell like to you?
  21. What does school taste like to you?
  22. How does your body want to move when nobody is watching?
  23. What is a lesson you will never forget?
  24. Who makes you feel good about yourself?
  25. What shapes appeal to you?
  26. Which of your senses do you engage with the most?
  27. How do you like to use your time when you are alone?
  28. What is a great adventure you have been on?
  29. What world issues produce the greatest visceral response in you?
  30. What do you consider your greatest strengths?
  31. How can you apply those to building possibility around world issues?
  32. How do you define love?
  33. How do you resist?

Maria’s Questionnaire

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Tyler’s Questionnaire

  1. If you weren’t an artist, what other career would you want to have?
  2. What is one moment you would like to extend out for eternity?
  3. What is the sound of your childhood?
  4. Where would you like to die?
  5. Which instrument best personifies you?
  6. What is essentially true about you?
  7. What do you like the least about yourself?
  8. What’s your learning style?
  9. What is the function of clothing to you?
  10. What profession do you most admire?
  11. What were the circumstances surrounding the last time you cried?
  12. …The hardest time?
  13. What is a thing about which you feel very deeply?
  14. Why don’t you like being cold?
  15. Who do you love most in this world?
  16. What is your greatest dream for yourself?
  17. How do you make decisions?
  18. What are the largest obstacles to timeliness?
  19. What is the feeling of fear?
  20. What’s your favorite part of yourself?
  21. What is the deepest yearning of your heart?
  22. What is the sensation of singing?
  23. What are you most sure about?
  24. What does tragedy mean to you?
  25. What stops you?
  26. What activates you?
  27. Which singers’ voices are your favorite?
  28. …What is the feeling when you listen to them?
  29. What is the most tragic thing you can think of?
  30. What is your biggest fear now?
  31. What was your best Sabbath day?
  32. If you could teach any class, what would it be?
  33. What are your top 5 memories?
  34. When are you most able to be content?

Rebecca’s Creative Questionnaire

Creative Questionnaire

  • What is your creative aspiration?
  • When have you felt you were moving towards that goal?
  • When have you felt most fulfilled creatively?
  • When have you felt most proud creatively?
  • When have you felt the most excited creatively?
  • What is your biggest hurdle from realizing that aspiration?
  • What are the outside forces blocking you?
  • What are the internal struggles blocking you?
  • What are the mechanisms you use to break down those internal noises?
  • What are the tools you use to not fall victim to the outside forces blocking you?
  • What are some of your biggest inspirations for your creative projects?
  • Do you relive your past?
  • Or do you prefer to offer a healing with an alternative action?
  • What other artists inform you of your career aspirations?
  • What artists inspire you to create your style or technique?
  • What other art mediums inspire your specific creative practice?
  • What non-artistic subjects inspire your creativity?
  • How do you want the spectator to engage with you, the artist?
  • Do you want to be seen or heard?
  • Is there a message you want your creative piece to evoke?
  • Do you wish your creative piece provide answers or pose questions?
  • What do you think makes affective art?
  • Do you want your art to be affective?
  • Or is your art for yourself, autotelic art?
  • Who can critique your art?
  • Can art be critiqued?
  • Who decides what is art or not?
  • Are you influenced by the opinions of others about your art?
  • Is art different than creativity?
  • What is one word you want your work to be associated with?
  • What is one word you want to be used to describe yourself?

Creative Questionnaire

Amelia G. Ellis

  1. What is your relationship to a subject or issue? (What prevents you from having a relationship with a subject or issue?)
  2. What baggage is getting in the way of your creativity? (Can this baggage be incorporated?)
  3. What is your creative archive, or rather, what research is commonly drawn upon in order to create a work? (How can you take a step beyond what you already know?)
  4. What insecurities get in the way of your creative pursuits? (How can you work around these insecurities in your art?; Should you reveal personal insecurities through art?)
  5. What is the best way to labor over a tradition? (What traditions are worth laboring over?)
  6. What soapbox are you trying to create? (Do you always have to stand on it in your art?; Should you allow yourself the pleasure of hypocrisy and contradiction in your work?)
  7. Who made your practice private? (How do you venture out of the house again?)
  8. Where is your money? (Do you need to make money to be considered a successful artist?)
  9. How could you play the system to incite a riot with your art? (You don’t need permission to incite. Should you incite a riot with your art?)
  10. Is it wrong to want to deface authority by coloring their windows red? (How can you jumble authority without resorting to vandalism or other forms of delinquency?; Do you care at this point what authority your art wishes to destroy or rip up?)
  11. How do you find the confidence and energy to create your own gallery space? (To whom should you go when support is needed?)
  12. Can a Pegasus intercede on the behalf of a community? (Only if its hooves touch ground.)
  13. What music do you listen to when you create? (What music do you create when you’re creating?)
  14. What is the point in making art? (Why not make art?)
  15. How do you control the reactionary nature of an artistic urge in order to develop it? (How do harness that creative adrenaline for future use in your process?)

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