Coordinated by Neil Cummings
Cinzia Cremona and Marsha Bradfield
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.
Creativity is an indispensable component of wellbeing. It may be owned, stolen, shared, privatised, renewed and exhausted.
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 want to focus on the creative ecology of Contemporary Art.
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. Budget Guidelines for Open Organizations serve to illustrate how this outlook might apply.
- We aim to move beyond the conventional terms of material resources, energy and waste.
- We aim to replace the logic of thrift and scarcity, with abundance and generosity.
- We aim to build sustainable resources for individuals and communities to sustain creativity.
- We intend to explore the interactions of (for example) money, friendship, law, profit, generosity, obligation, present/future benefits.............
- We intend to ensure that the conduct and outcome of our research is itself sustainable.
- We will build knowledge resources about strategies of sustainability already in circulation by engaging existing organisations and creative individuals in workshops and seminars.
- We will seek partners to test together hybrid modes of sustainabilty of creative practices and of resources of different natures.
- We will redistribute the knowledge gathered and produced through conferences and performative events, collaborations, projects, etc.
Part of the project will be to 'map' the ecology of a number of separate enterprises to gain insight into benefits and deficits to creativity. Candidates for case studies may be those that seek/derive some sort of value from creativity (artistic in particular).
- 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
The project itself expects through its own creative ecology to 'create value'. Partners are those with whom the project may wish to share or compound that value. It would be useful to qualify suggestions. Suggested partners are:
- Green Peace
- Public Funding Institutions
- Ethical Economy - not a book yet! It's being edited on the ethicaleconomybook wiki as we speak, and it's very much in tune with what we are thinking here.
- 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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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
TBC - third week of January
See minutes from previous meetings
Our initial thoughts on Sustainability here ...