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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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Epilogue, by Tatiana Chemi and Julie Borup Jensen


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by Tatiana Chemi and Julie Borup Jensen

In the introduction to his To the Actor (1952), Russian actor and theatre director Michael Chekhov (1891-1955) saluted the reader in this way: “This book is the result of prying behind the curtain of the Creative Process” (Chekhov 1953, p. xi, capitals and italics in text). We, too, have attempted to give hints from behind the scenes of creative processes. As in Chekhov, this “prying” began for us long ago with our studies on creativity and artistic practices of creativity. Our latest research with artists from all art forms has been helpful and surprising, putting together the bits and pieces we had collected during the years. The interviewed artists let us have a look at their creative backstage and were generous in providing us with their narratives. Nevertheless, we are aware that our contribution is just a quick glance behind the scene of artistic creativity and that more studies will be needed in order to understand this phenomenon even better.

Overall, our research showed that combining the concepts of creativity, learning and relationship has the potential to reveal new and interesting insights into the creative process and to contribute to imagining new applications in various fields of theory and practice, where creativity as idea and phenomenon is relevant.

In part one, our research has contributed to the field of creativity with the insight that the act of defining creativity challenges artists, inasmuch...

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