Translating Improvisation | Seminar by Maruška Svašek “Creativity as Improvisation. Engaging with People and Things”

Seminar by Maruška Svašek “Creativity as Improvisation. Engaging with People and Things”


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Creativity as Improvisation. Engaging with People and Things
Seminar by Maruška Svašek (School of History and Anthropology)
24 March 2014
1-2 pm, Room 101
School of Law


ABSTRACT: Dominant discourses of creativity have  focused on the relative novelty of end products. By contrast, the perspective of ‘creativity as improvisation’ highlights the processual and relational nature of cultural production and the engagement of people with things. It emphasises that cultural producers always work within contexts of situational possibilities and constraints, whether aiming to reproduce existing designs or inventing entirely new ones. The presentation explores the usefulness of ‘improvisation’ as analytical tool to explore the production and appropriation of artefacts and images in interrelated settings of art, religion and museums.