A Thesis Presented to the
FACULTY OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
In Partial Fulfillment of the
Requirements for the Degree
MASTER OF SCIENCE
Copyright 2009 Christian Cummings
This dissertation challenges the notion of artistic inspiration, identifying it as a narrow and thus flawed concept. It is written as a thought journal exploring "uninspiration" as a muse more prolific and likewise more suitable for artistic employment than its inverse. The text engages with such anti-inspirational concepts as stupidity, plagiarism, time-wasting, artists block, dishonesty, confusion and meaninglesness, making the argument that these are underexplored and creatively-fertile territories ripe for pillaging. Uninspiration is not presented here as an alternative to inspiration but a sub-version potentially and ironically more "inspired" than its less-evil twin.