Collective Creativity: Collaborative Work in the Sciences, Literature and the Arts

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Gerhard Fischer, Florian Vassen
Rodopi, 2011 - Academic-industrial collaboration - 368 pages
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Collective Creativity combines complex and ambivalent concepts. While OCycreativityOCO is currently experiencing an inflationary boom in popularity, the term OCycollectiveOCO appeared, until recently, rather controversial due to its ideological implications in twentieth-century politics. In a world defined by global cultural practice, the notion of collectivity has gained new relevance. This publication discusses a number of concepts of creativity and shows that, in opposition to the traditional ideal of the individual as creative genius, cultural theorists today emphasize the collaborative nature of creativity; they show that OCycreativity makes alterity, discontinuity and difference attractiveOCO. Not the Romantic Originalgenie, but rather the agents of the OCycreative economyOCO appear as the new avant-garde of aesthetic innovation: teams, groups and collectives in business and science, in art and digital media who work together in networking clusters to develop innovative products and processes. In this book, scholars in the social sciences and in cultural and media studies, in literature, theatre and visual arts present for the first time a comprehensive, inter- and transdisciplinary account of collective creativity in its multifaceted applications. They investigate the intersections of artistic, scientific and cultural practice where the individual and the collective merge, come together or confront each other."

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Collectivity and Individuality
III Visual Arts New Media and Internet
IV Collective Writing
V Collectivity and Theatre Arts

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Colorado University, Boulder

Florian Vassen is professor of German at Universitat Hannover.

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