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Behind the Scenes of Artistic Creativity

Processes of Learning, Creating and Organising

Tatiana Chemi, Julie Borup Jensen and Lone Hersted

Throughout the literature of creative learning, many assumptions and even stereotypes about the artists’ creativity are nurtured, often according to myths going back to the Romanticism. The authors have been investigating and describing outstanding artists’ creativity and learning/working processes, asking the question: how do artists create, learn, and organise their work? This book explores these questions by means of original empirical data (interviews with 22 artists) and theoretical research in the field of the arts and creativity from a learning perspective. Findings shed an original light on how artists learn and create, and how their creative learning and change processes come about, for instance when facilitating and leading creative processes.
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Chapter 11: Organising Creative Work


In this chapter we investigate and shed light on how the interviewed artists organise and carry out their creative working processes. In this context we are curious to examine the following: What is important for the interviewed artists in terms of organising and working conditions - either while working alone or in groups? How do these artists organise themselves and their work processes? How do they foster creativity in collaborative work? How do they get started with a new process of collaborative work and how do they develop new ideas and new material? And how do they relate to others for instance through networking, community building and cultural exchange? In the present chapter we will provide our answers to these and related questions based on the interviews with the artists.

Pathfinding and Emergence

Heraclites once said that “we never step in the same river twice.” This quote reflects a way of seeing life as ever changing and consequently seeing humans as ever changing too. Following the line of Heraclites, life can be seen as unpredictable, marked by coincidence and happenstance. We might say this is especially relevant to the life of an artist. For many artists very often there is no guarantee of work and often these jobs are not very well paid unless you are very famous. Many times the artist jumps from one project to another, not knowing whether he or she will have enough money to pay the rent. Not having...

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