Bahnisch Creative Communities Paper April 2009

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Paper I'm presenting at the Griffith University Centre for Public Culture and Ideas Conference this week on 'Creative Communities'.

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Bahnisch Creative Communities Paper April 2009

  1. 1. Rethinking online hyperlocal urbanisms and creativity Mark Bahnisch Creative Industries Faculty, QUT Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development 16 April 2009 1
  2. 2. Contexts of the research • Smart Services CRC – Social Media work package 04 – drivers of social media and user generated content – Bruns, A. & Bahnisch, M. (2009) Social Media Report 1: State of the Art • Centre for Policy Development, Eidos Institute and Brisbane CitySmart Innovation Festival – Creative Brisbane: Rethinking Innovation – Bahnisch, Bentley, Carroli, Choi & Westbury (2009, forthcoming) – Event on 26 May – http://www.brisculture.com 2
  3. 3. Online communities and urbanism/s • Affinity proceeds community (cf Grant 2009) • Conclusions from MyHeimat – community can be leveraged where locality and place are culturally central • The obsolescence of the ‘local news’ model in the postmodern city • Questions of social inclusion, community and place • So, what is the city? 3
  4. 4. What is the city? • “The city is not an organism” (Marshall 2009: 132) • Digital urbanism/s are more than “augmented physical spaces” (Aurigi & Di Cindio 2008) • The city is an assemblage of human and non-human, lived and produced socially as spaces (Lefevre 1991) • The city is an imaginary (Prakash 2008) • Politics, the imaginary and utopia (Bahnisch 2009) • Urbanism is recombinative (Shane 2007) 4
  5. 5. The recombinant city, digital culture/s and heterotopias • Shane (2007) – Armatures, enclaves and heterotopias • Shaping digital heterotopias – There are no ‘digital natives’ – Co-creating digital literacies (Hartley 2009) – The ‘creative city’ is not singular – Mapping the traces of urban affinities 5
  6. 6. Many Brisbanes http://phenomenologist.deviantart.com/gallery/ – Not “our” Brisbane but many Brisbanes – The imaginative structure of the city – Mobilities, affinity and place 6
  7. 7. Many Brisbanes – the ‘creatives’ • Lea et al (2009), The Creative Tropical City – http:// www.creative.org.au/linkboard/results.chtml?filename_num =262563 • What are the wellsprings of creativity? • How do heterotopias, armatures and enclaves intersect? • What creates affinity? • Creativity beyond the ‘creatives’ 7
  8. 8. Research questions • What are the specificities of place in Brisbane? • How is the city imagined? • How can the imaginative structure of the city be articulated to online communities, innovatively and inclusively? • What place for affect in online spaces? 8
  9. 9. Questions, comments, feedback • Thanks! 9

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