Creativity & Science


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This presented was developed for the Ministerial Regional Community Forum for Greater Brisbane, now called the State Government Community Forum. It accompanied a paper that proposed that the State Government's Centre of Excellence for Climate Change directly engage with artistic practice and practitioners to develop interdisciplinary spaces for exploring climate science. The proposal attracted a great deal of community interest, but was not pursued by the government.

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  • Creativity & Science Partnerships Acknowledge Traditional custodians and elders – thank you for welcoming the forum Acknowledge dignitaries – the Honourable Treasurer, Parliamentary Secretary, Members of Parliament, local Council representatives, Senior public sector representatives Acknowledge community This regional proposal considers the potential benefits of art-science or art-industry collaboration through the state government’s Climate Change agenda, specifically through the Climate Change Centre of Excellence. This proposal is more like a proposition or aspiration – a ‘what if …’ in the face of the compelling evidence about climate change.   There is also further potential for extended application of ‘creatives’ in research, innovation and industry. When I talk about creatives, I am talking about the people who apply artistic knowledge and creative know-how, not just evoking particular ideas about art as they relate to fine arts and artforms. The current times and challenges call for a new way of engaging artists – not just in terms of what they do, but in terms of what they know, the processes they use and the perspectives they bring. It means considering new roles for artists where applied creativity is a catalyst for change.   This proposal presents a VISION for engaging the real potential of creativity in the knowledge and innovation economy to create more sustainable and resilient possibilities and futures. It’s about being true to the potential and idea of the knowledge economy, not just mouthing the rhetoric. It’s about capturing all the intellectual and creative capital we have in our comparatively small population and harnessing it for positive and adaptive action. Science alone will not provide all answers and solutions we need, so there is a need to engender interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Creativity & Science

    1. 1. creativity & science partnerships This regional proposal considers the potential benefits of art-science or art-industry collaboration through the State Government’s Climate Change agenda.
    2. 2. Artists are working collaboratively in research, development and investigation across science and technology to develop new solutions, new ways of thinking and new approaches.
    3. 3. nanotechnology & health In the health field, artist Leah Heiss, is working with scientists from Nanotechnology Victoria to develop jewellery and clothing that may have therapeutic applications.
    4. 4. avoca project community, place & climate In regional Victoria, artist Lyndal Jones is working with the local community and artists, scholars and climate change experts
    5. 5. neuroscience & cognition It’s about our brains and our minds! How do we move from informing and into motivating and inspiring action and change? How can we creatively engage pure research to innovate through and with knowledge?
    6. 6. Tina Gonsalves’ Chameleon project is about developing a heightened awareness of our emotional or inner selves, as well as thinking about how we connect and fit in with others. It’s about our relationships.   Greg Hooper is working with Professor Jason Mattingley, the Queensland Brain Institute Foundation’s Chair of Cognitive Neuroscience, to explore the interaction between our surroundings and brain dynamics. It’s about our sense of being.
    7. 7. indigenous knowledge Indigenous knowledge is the knowledge that people in a given community have developed over time, and continue to develop. Oral tradition Art and image Storytelling Connection to place and country Opportunities for Indigenous enterprise
    8. 8. information & computing New technologies, open source and abundant computing are putting knowledge formation in the hands of the many. There are new arenas for participatory urban planning and citizen science.
    9. 9. possibilities <ul><li>Will writers help us write and vision our future? </li></ul><ul><li>Will designers and architects reshape where and how we live? </li></ul><ul><li>Will community artists move us to act and participate? </li></ul><ul><li>Will Indigenous storytellers and artists lead the way? </li></ul><ul><li>Will new pro-am spaces multiply? </li></ul>
    10. 10. benefits <ul><li>New solutions: can we afford more of the same? </li></ul><ul><li>New visions and approaches: can we see and do things differently? </li></ul><ul><li>New knowledge: can we think and act differently? </li></ul><ul><li>New understanding of new materials and creativity: can we use natural and synthetic materials differently? </li></ul>
    11. 11. issues <ul><li>Lack of opportunities for artists and creatives to participate in interdisciplinary research in techno-scientific fields </li></ul><ul><li>Existing limits in current arts, cultural and creative industries policy and funding </li></ul><ul><li>Need for statewide strategy for creativity in industry and creativity in science </li></ul>
    12. 12. where to next <ul><li>Further consultation </li></ul><ul><li>Further research </li></ul>