chrissietee has written 9 posts for PARTICIPATORY ARTS LAB

Creative and Cultural Learning.

Today we re-looked at Creative and Cultural Learning. We started by examining some of the popular definitions – including ‘All Our Futures’ – imaginative, purposeful, original, of value. Looked at how ideas of creativity developed historically – Ancient Greece (Nature), Renaissance Europe (the Polymath, science, technology, art) Romanticism (Kant and The Genius), 20th/21st century (Jung and Psycho-analysis). Revisited … Continue reading

Ishibadi Buildings – Osaka

The Ishibadi Buildings – built with all the post-war hopes and optimism for the reconstruction of society – have become a symbol for what community might mean.  Small, and with few mod cons, they nevertheless seem to capture a time when neighbours might know neighbours, when there was still space for shared gardens, walkways, places … Continue reading

Meanwhile in Osaka

Yesterday we visited the houses we are working on for our community project.  Compulsory hard hat territory as they have already started to knock some of them down. Built at the end of the ’50s these rows of houses, like post-war homes all over Europe, were constructed from prefabricated concrete.  Modern for their time, quickly … Continue reading

Culture is Ordinary

Today we started with four quotes: Creativity is then not only about innate abilities in isolation from everything else; rather, it is a matter of knowing how to play the game in the field of creativity. It is also about being culturally and socially literate Bourdieu, 1993. Every day is full of activities which although not … Continue reading

Boundaries, Limits and Tacit Knowledge

SECTION ONE This week we started with a session run by Saioa Olmo. The Line:  Limits, Boundaries and Identities. “The Line” is a game that assigns different roles to different individuals within the group in order to explore concepts of limit, boundary and identity.  By setting up an imagined ‘territory’ in which participants have to improvise these roles … Continue reading

Divergent Thinking and Collaborative Creativity

What are the conditions of the creative attitude, of seeing and responding, of being aware and being sensitive to what one is aware of? First of all it requires the capacity to be puzzled. Children still have the capacity to be puzzled.’ Erich Fromm This session we thought about those times when we felt we had been creative. … Continue reading

Boundlessly Creative?

We looked at the creative process.  With coloured pens, material, scissors in hand we explored the directive to ‘create something’.  Something that might be to do with disobedience in honour of the ‘disobedient objects’ exhibition.  We explored the activity as a group.  Looked at the notion of the ‘audience’ response or the viewer’s reaction being as important … Continue reading

The Lab

PARTICIPATORY ARTS LAB: ONE The academy is not paradise. But learning is a place where paradise can be created. The classroom with all its limitations remains a location of possibility. In that field of possibility we have the opportunity to labour for freedom, to demand of ourselves and our comrades, an openness of mind and … Continue reading


“the process of communication is in fact the process of community: the sharing of common meanings, and thence common activities and purposes; the offering, reception and comparison of new meanings, leading to the tensions and achievements of growth and change’                                                                                                                                                                                     Raymond Williams 1958[1] [1] Williams, R. (1958) Culture and Society Pelican