Transforming Creativity’s open programme of creative research / practice workshops was kicked off in fine, generative style at Winchester School of Art by Andy Lapham. An initially apprehensive-looking group of staff and postgraduate researchers from across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Web Science were soon tweaking RGB values and alpha channels and sending lines, circles and sine waves bouncing all round their laptop screens.
In June Seth Giddings was invited to participate in a two day workshop at RMIT Europe in Barcelona. Cities as Playgrounds: new models for urban play, civic engagement and sociality, organised by Larissa Hjorth and Clancy Wilmott, aimed to ‘consider the possibilities of action research and co-design experiments’ in and around the Superilla located next to RMIT Europe’s HQ. Superillas are urban developments in Barcelona that reroute car traffic and open up the streets for pedestrians, playgrounds and socialising. This workshop took the idea of the superilla, and some direct research engagement (i.e. games) in and with them, as a starting point for considering playful futures for the city.
Other participants included Ellis Bartholomeus, Andreas Rosales Climent, Jill Didur, Emma Fraser, Larissa Hjorth, Troy Innocent, Sybille Lammes, Colleen Macklin, Tomasz Majkowski, Roger Paez, Miguel Sicart, Bart Simon, Manuela Valtchanova, and Clancy Wilmott.
My own contribution included a short provocation, ‘The city is already a playground’, and a presentation on my microethnographic study of children’s postdigital play in playgrounds, and the Lightbug project.
On Thursday 20th June, the Transforming Creativity research group joined up with Solent University’s Culture, Media, Place research group to participate in the How does your city work? interactive trail. Part of the Solent University Festival of Ideas, the trail is organised by members of another Solent research group, Work, Inequalities and the Lifecourse. More information on trail here.
We discussed culture, urban regeneration, architecture, employment, and walking methodologies. And almost solved the trail!
The Transforming Creativity Research Group is initiating an open-ended series of creative research / practice workshops for group members and others, workshops that will place creative practice itself centre stage as a research methodology. The aim is for researchers to explore alternative modes of knowledge generation and dissemination to the scholarly article and presentation, and for creative practitioners to explore how their practice can address and answer research questions. Future workshops will include zine production, audiovisual presentation, cross-media publishing, microethnography, and risograph printing.
We are kicking off with Creative Coding: Adventures in Generative Design on Wednesday 26thJune, 1pm to 4pm. This introductory session will be run by Andy Lapham and requires no previous experience of coding. See this Eventbrite link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-coding-tickets-62635691038 for more details and to register your interest.