Why Are You Creative? TV Series


The “Why Are You Creative?” TV Series featuring over 500 creative icons and luminaries premiered on May 15, 2002, on ARTE, the European Cultural Channel. It is an exploration into the many facets of creativity: intellectual, spiritual, philosophical, political and scientific.


Left: Artist Jeff Koons on creativity
Right: British artist Tracy Emin on art

From the field of international politics the project features many politicians, ranging from Mikhail Gorbachev to Vaclav Havel to George Bush.


Left: Hermann talking with President Vaclav Havel about creativity
Right: Dalai Lama contributing to the “Why Are You Creative?” Project

From the field of cinema, many different directors, from Steven Spielberg to Wim Wenders, and actors from Jeanne Moreau to Sean Penn.


Left: Independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch on creativity
Right: Emir Kusturica and The Balkan Spirit

From photography, people as diverse as Helmut Newton and Leni Riefenstahl.

From music it features many artists, such as Bono and David Bowie.


Left: Bono: Can creativity solve the problems of the world?
Right: David Bowie – a different kind of interview


Left: Moby: “I am creative because that’s the only way I know how to live”
Right: Peter Gabriel: Everyone is creative!

Representing the intellectual view it features authors such as Salman Rushdie and Günter Grass.

From the field of fashion it features designers such as Yohji Yamamoto and Vivienne Westwood.

From architecture it features Frank Gehry and Sir Norman Foster amongst others.


Left: Frank Gehry on inspiration
Right: Hermann and legendary architect Oscar Niemeyer in Rio de Janeiro

From the academic world and research top scientists like Professor Stephen Hawking and Dr. Craig Venter.

From the field of science Professor Stephen Hawking.

From the field of economy and finance Luciano Benetton, George Soros and many more.

Finally, from the field of spirituality Hermann has interviewed His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Project Credits

A Hermann Vaske Series

Produced by Hermann Vaske’s Emotional Network in cooperation with ARTE France

Director and Writer:
Hermann Vaske
Commissioning Editor:
Barbara Häbe
Hermann Vaske
Hermann Vaske, Isabelle Furrer, Stephen Ley, Nick Manley, Boris Becker
Jörg Lemmer, Bastian Ahrens
Production Assistant:
Timo Breidenbruch

France 2000, 300 episodes, 4 – 8 Min.

Hermann Vaske Filmography