How and from whom is creativity generated? At the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, it may seem odd that something this fundamental is actually being asked.
Yet, in an industry where mathematicians, statisticians and engineers now stand shoulder-to-shoulder with art directors, answering that question is not as straightforward as one would think.
For the first time, Cannes Lions today unveiled its Lions Innovation event. Described as a “festival within a festival,” Lions Innovation is a two-day event where data, technology and creativity intersect. On its site, Cannes Lions describes itself as the industry’s “mirror” – acknowledging that “data and technology are driving creative solutions in ways never seen before.” It’s a theme that has permeated much of the week’s programming.
In fact, during a Microsoft/Fast company panel yesterday entitled “Creativity That Matters – How Brands and Agencies Drive Impact” Wendy Clark, President, Sparkling Brands & Strategic Marketing, Coca-Cola North America, said something that really struck a chord. Strategists – not artists – are developing the most incredible creative work. Panel participants, Kathleen Hall of Microsoft and Sophie Kelly of The Barbarian Group, were in full agreement as well.
Driving home the point, Audi’s Luca De Meo told a packed audience during his talk “The Moon. Land of Quattro,” that the most creative people play not just with words, but with numbers as well.
Today’s creativity comes from some unlikely places. From data. From technology. From strategy. In the past, that may have seemed more than a little counterintuitive. But at the 62nd Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, it’s becoming abundantly clear. Everyone in the industry – whatever their title – is a “Creative Director.”