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Locating Creation: Visualising Origins, Creative Practices, and Futures

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In May 2017 the ISF ran a workshop that explored what happens when a writer sits down to write or a painter gets up to paint – or a reader begins to read, and an audience begins to watch…

Over the two days, participants examined ideas of origins and relationality in different media: the writer and the idea, the painter and the vision, the actor and the expression. By bringing practitioners and analysts of different creative forms into dialogue with one another, it aimed to unpick some of the tacit decisions and practices that underpin their craft.

Our interest was twofold: first, to parse ideas of meaning-making across diverse but related media, and, second, to explore whether making tacit practices explicit might open up new ways of envisioning collaborative creation as a model for broader social cooperation. If we can better understand how and where the creative process happens, can we also begin to imagine how creative work could be differently employed?

The second day featured a practice-based workshop with graphic novelist Benoir Peeters, who is currently a Visiting Professor in Graphic Fiction and Comic Art at Lancaster University. Professor Peeters’ talk on French philosopher Roland Barthes the day before served as inspiration for one of the workshop participants, Inés Gregori Labarta, whose work is featured here. Inés’ colourful drawings help visualise some of our key research questions and methods for creative futures. For example, how can creative practice help us think through the collaborative processes involved in co-creating better social futures? And how does the author, as a stabilizing concept central to the Humanities, still have valency in a post-human, post-work world?

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