Locating Creation


Locating Creation: On Origins, Creative Practices, and Futures

Charles Carter Building, Room A19, Lancaster University

15 & 16 May 2017

What happens when a writer sits down to write or a painter gets up to paint – or a reader begins to read, and an audience begins to watch? This workshop looks again at ideas of origins and relationality in different media: the writer and the idea, the painter and the vision, the actor and the expression. By bringing practitioners and analysts of different creative forms into dialogue with one another, it aims to unpick some of the tacit decisions and practices that underpin their craft. Our interest is twofold: first, to parse ideas of meaning-making across diverse but related media, and, second, to explore whether making tacit practices explicit might open up new ways of envisioning collaborative creation as a model for broader social cooperation. If we can better understand how and where the creative process happens, can we also begin to imagine how creative work could be differently employed?

15 May 2017

1:00 Buffet lunch

1:30 Welcome & introduction to the programme – Rebecca Braun (Professor in Modern Languages & Creative Futures)

1:45 Benoit Peeters (Visiting Professor in Graphic Fiction)

Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes: Creating a book ‘in situ’

2:30 Tajinder Hayer (Lecturer in Creative Writing)

On creative writing for theatre

3:15 Coffee and discussion

4:00 Sandra Kemp (Research Professor, Victoria & Albert Museum)

On museum curatorship and narrating object biographies

4:45 Emily Spiers (Lecturer in Creative Futures)

Future Literary Practices: Strategic trends analysis and scenario-casting as research tools

5:30 Discussion – with response to the day’s papers from Richard Harper (Co-Director, Institute for Social Futures). Informal presentation of key ideas for workshop on 16 May, led by Benoît Peeters

7:00 Dinner at Lancaster House Hotel

16 May 2017


‘Let’s get started!’: Practice-based workshop with Benoit Peeters to explore the creative process collaboratively


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