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The aim of this project is to explore what the discourses of 'sustainability' [[1*]] might reveal about creativity, creative practices, and the structures that support them.<br>
 
The aim of this project is to explore what the discourses of 'sustainability' [[1*]] might reveal about creativity, creative practices, and the structures that support them.<br>
We are particularly interested in the creative ecology of Contemporary Art.<br>
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In keeping with Critical Practice's broad aims and objectives the project is an intersection between ethics, economics and culture. It takes as its inspiration the common wealth of knowledge in the arts and the social and technological practices of Free (Libre) Open Source Software development.
We understand sustainability as meeting the needs of an individual or community in the present, without compromising the ability of future generations or communities to meet their own needs.  
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Currently the project is particularly interested in the creative ecology of Contemporary Art.<br>
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Sustainability is understood as ''meeting the needs of an individual or community in the present, without compromising the ability of future generations or communities to meet their own needs''. Budget Guidelines for Open Organizations serve to illustrate how this outlook might apply.
  
  
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# We aim to move beyond the conventional terms of material resources, energy and waste.<br>
 
# We aim to move beyond the conventional terms of material resources, energy and waste.<br>
 
# We aim to replace the logic of thrift and scarcity, with abundance and generosity.<br>
 
# We aim to replace the logic of thrift and scarcity, with abundance and generosity.<br>
# We aim to build sustainable resources for others.<br>
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# We aim to build sustainable resources for individuals and communities to sustain creativity.<br>
  
  
 
'''OBJECTIVES'''<br>
 
'''OBJECTIVES'''<br>
# We intend to explore the interactions of (for example) money, friendship, profit, generosity, obligation, present/future benefits.............<br>
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# We intend to explore the interactions of (for example) money, friendship, law, profit, generosity, obligation, present/future benefits.............<br>
 
# We intend to ensure that the conduct and outcome of our research is itself sustainable.<br>
 
# We intend to ensure that the conduct and outcome of our research is itself sustainable.<br>
  
  
 
'''IN PRACTICE'''<br>
 
'''IN PRACTICE'''<br>
# We will build knowledge resources about strategies of sustainability already in circulation by engaging exhisting organisations in workshops and seminars.<br>
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# We will build knowledge resources about strategies of sustainability already in circulation by engaging existing organisations and creative individuals in workshops and seminars.<br>
 
# We will seek partners to test together hybrid modes of sustainabilty of creative practices and of resources of different natures.<br>
 
# We will seek partners to test together hybrid modes of sustainabilty of creative practices and of resources of different natures.<br>
 
# We will redistribute the knowledge gathered and produced through conferences and performative events, collaborations, projects, etc.<br>
 
# We will redistribute the knowledge gathered and produced through conferences and performative events, collaborations, projects, etc.<br>
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==Case Studies==
 
==Case Studies==
 
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Candidates for case studies are those that derive value from creativity (artistic in particular).
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Suggested subjects
 
* Deutsche Bank collection. Motto “Art at Work” 50.000 pieces<br>
 
* Deutsche Bank collection. Motto “Art at Work” 50.000 pieces<br>
 
* White Cube<br>
 
* White Cube<br>

Revision as of 18:10, 10 November 2008

Coordinated by Neil Cummings

Working Group Cinzia Cremona, Trevor Giles and

Mission Statement (draft)

If creativity is the "oil of the 21st Century", what are the conditions necessary to nurture it?

The aim of this project is to explore what the discourses of 'sustainability' 1* might reveal about creativity, creative practices, and the structures that support them.
In keeping with Critical Practice's broad aims and objectives the project is an intersection between ethics, economics and culture. It takes as its inspiration the common wealth of knowledge in the arts and the social and technological practices of Free (Libre) Open Source Software development.

Currently the project is particularly interested in the creative ecology of Contemporary Art.
Sustainability is understood as meeting the needs of an individual or community in the present, without compromising the ability of future generations or communities to meet their own needs. Budget Guidelines for Open Organizations serve to illustrate how this outlook might apply.


AIMS

  1. We aim to move beyond the conventional terms of material resources, energy and waste.
  2. We aim to replace the logic of thrift and scarcity, with abundance and generosity.
  3. We aim to build sustainable resources for individuals and communities to sustain creativity.


OBJECTIVES

  1. We intend to explore the interactions of (for example) money, friendship, law, profit, generosity, obligation, present/future benefits.............
  2. We intend to ensure that the conduct and outcome of our research is itself sustainable.


IN PRACTICE

  1. We will build knowledge resources about strategies of sustainability already in circulation by engaging existing organisations and creative individuals in workshops and seminars.
  2. We will seek partners to test together hybrid modes of sustainabilty of creative practices and of resources of different natures.
  3. We will redistribute the knowledge gathered and produced through conferences and performative events, collaborations, projects, etc.





Case Studies

Candidates for case studies are those that derive value from creativity (artistic in particular). Suggested subjects

  • Deutsche Bank collection. Motto “Art at Work” 50.000 pieces
  • White Cube
  • Guerilla Gardeners
See gardening for a run in with the police (for non believers!)
Also Guerilla Gardeners
  • Graffiti artists Burning Candy at Sartorial gallery and Banksy’s tunnel in Waterloo
  • Research sailing-ship Vessel - the Heraclitus
  • Prenelle gallery Barge in Canary Wharf
  • Peter Lewis, and the economy that supports Redux and /seconds

Partners

  • Green Peace
  • Esso
  • Shell
  • BP
  • Google
  • Public Funding Institutions
  • BAA
  • BA

Resources

BOOKS:

  • A self published book: "Creativity: A Science-based Outlook on Life and Work" HEDGESVILLE, W.Va., published by AuthorHouse, 2008
  • Peter Schmuck "Psychology of Sustainable Development", Springer 2002
  • Alex Nicholls "Social Entrepreneurship: New Models of Sustainable Social Change", Oxford University Press, 2006
  • David Bohm "On Creativity", Routledge, 2006
  • John Lane "The Spirit of Silence: Making Space for Creativity", Green Books, 2006
  • Willis W. Harman and Howard Rheingold "Higher Creativity: Liberating the Unconscious for Breakthrough Insights", Jeremy P Tarcher, 2000
  • Arnaud Sales and Marcel Fournier "Knowledge, Communication and Creativity, SAGE Studies in International Sociology, Sage Publications Ltd, 2007
  • Andrzej P. Wierzbicki "Creative Environments: Issues of Creativity Support for the Knowledge Civilization Age (Studies in Computational Intelligence)", Springer, 2007
  • A.E. Andersson and N.E. Sahlin "The Complexity of Creativity", Springer 1996
  • Mark A. Runco "Eminent Creativity, Everyday Creativity and Health" (Publications in Creativity Research), Ablex Publishing Corporation, 1998
  • Steven R. Pritzker and Mark A. Runco "Encyclopaedia of Creativity" (2 Volume Set), Academic Press 1999
  • Patricia Sheldahl French "Growth, Creativity and Collaboration: Great Visions on a Great Lake" (Published Simultaneously as the Serials Librarian, Vol. 48), Haworth Press Inc, 2005





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ACTIONS

By 29th November we will:

  • Finalise the mission statement
  • Collate a list of case studies we want to explore
  • Build a list of resources
  • Compile a list of people / partners / organizations to help nurture the project


Next Meeting

TBC - third week of January

See minutes from previous meetings




Our initial thoughts on Sustainability here ...