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The creativity complex. Concepts, practices and technologies of creativity (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Timon Beyes

wöchentlich | Donnerstag | 09:15 - 12:00 | 17.10.2019 - 31.10.2019 | C 40.165
Einzeltermin | Do, 14.11.2019, 09:15 - Do, 14.11.2019, 12:00 | C 40.165
wöchentlich | Donnerstag | 09:15 - 12:00 | 28.11.2019 - 09.01.2020 | C 40.165
Einzeltermin | Do, 23.01.2020, 08:15 - Do, 23.01.2020, 12:00 | C 40.165 | Student Research Conference
Einzeltermin | Fr, 24.01.2020, 08:15 - Fr, 24.01.2020, 14:00 | C 40.165 | Student Research Conference

Inhalt: This course is dedicated to exploring and reflecting on the contemporary ubiquity of ‘creativity’. It aims to provide students with theories and concepts to identify practices and technologies of creativity and to critically examine how these practices and technologies shape and organize the social. The idea is to produce a handbook on the creativity complex as result of the course, which is based on the participants’ research on practices, technologies and concepts of creativity. The mobilization of creativity plays out in different and partly overlapping social fields, constituting a ‘creativity complex’: in the field of art and cultural production (where artists, for instance, are said to become ‘cultural entrepreneurs’); in urban development and design (encapsulated by the hype of ‘creative cities’); in organization and entrepreneurship (driving the presumably creative practices of ‘aesthetic capitalism’); in designing, working upon and continuously updating one’s self; in today’s pervasively mediatized environments (and its everyday practices of remixing images, texts, sounds); in the political sphere, where the creative staging of spectacles and the modulation of moods seems to become ever more influential. ‘Creativity’ is thus framed and understood as phenomenon and force of social organization: as both discourse and realm of social practices. In this course, we seek to trace and understand the rise of the ‘creativity dispositive’ (Reckwitz) and to interrogate and question its effects and reverberations in (and across) different social spheres.