Creativity in the Making March 6-20, 2018
Led by John Rae & Norman Jackson
Creative Academic is exploring the idea of creativity in practice. In this #creativeHE conversation we are inviting participants to make artefacts in response to any life context or situation, document and reflect on their making process, and how creativity featured in it.
‘Artefact’ is a term that is used to refer to items created or resulting from human action and activity as well as a central concept in the study of practice. Practice is often seen as the production of artefacts (Díaz-Kommonen et al 2004). The artefacts we produce might be artistic works, crafts, something from the digital world, a song, poem or story, a dance or indeed anything that the maker is inspired to create.
We will consider making to be a process of material thinking — ‘an intellectual adventure’ (Carter, 2004, p. XI), where invention ‘is located neither after nor before the process but in the performance itself’ (Carter, 2007, p. 19). Our challenge, then, will be to think of our artefacts less as products of creativity and more as a means for accessing and using creativity. The ‘artistic or aesthetic quality’ of the artefacts we make, will be a secondary consideration and our primary concern will be the process of making and the insights we gain into how our creativity features in the process of making.
This #creativeHE inquiry will extend over two weeks between March 6-20 and it will include the following stages:
1. An introductory conversation over three days will allow for a platform to be built (or made) by drawing on some relevant literature and by considering illustrations.
2. A middle period of seven days will allow for our actual making (as individuals or in groups), as well as personal reflection on the process of making.
3. The final ‘synthesis and reflection period’ of about 4 days will provide an opportunity for each person or group to present or exhibit their artefact and share their reflections about how ideas, feelings and meanings emerged and actions were shaped through making. As part of this synthesis participants will be invited to make and share a map, of their own thinking and making process and how their creativity featured in the process. The map can be in any style or format and it is a mediating artefact to help explain your own process.
After the conversation we will curate the narratives and artefacts that have been shared through Creative Academic Magazine.
We hope that this approach will surface some interesting ecological (connections, relationships and interactions) perspectives on creativity in practice. Our intention is to curate the outcomes from this making process in a special issue of Creative Magazine – ‘Creativity in the Making?’
Join the #creativeHE community for this conversation here.
Díaz-Kommonen, L. et al (2004) Expressive artefacts and artefacts of expression. Working Papers in Art and Design 3 available at : https://www.herts.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/12355/WPIAAD_vol3_kommonen.pdf
Carter, P. (2007). Interest: The ethics of invention. In E. Barrett & B. Bolt (Eds.), Practice as research: Approaches to creative arts enquiry (pp. 15-25). London: I. B. Tauris.