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Mon, 9 Apr 2007 13:46:56 -0700
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> CFP:
> Supporting Creative Acts Beyond Dissemination
> Organizers:
> David A. Shamma (Yahoo! Research Berkeley)
> Ryan Shaw (iSchool, UC Berkeley & Yahoo! Research Berkeley)
> Full Details:
> *UPDATE*:  Funding support (for conference fees & travel) is  
> available for
> all accepted position statements.
> *Extended Deadline*: CFP due April 20th, 2007.
> Overview
> Artists, philosophers, and scientists have been developing  
> conceptual models
> of creativity for centuries. Yet developers of media art and  
> technology are
> often accused of interfering with 'the creative process' when they  
> rely on
> such formalisms to guide their designs.  This workshop will look at
> creativity as a collection of conceptual models for the  
> construction and
> dissemination of media arts, music, performance, and tools. We are
> interested in conceptualizations that explicitly or implicitly  
> inform the
> system design and may be realized in part or whole in a system. These
> conceptualizations may have originated with philosophers (e.g.  
> Hegel and
> Dewey), artists (e.g. Kandinsky and Duchamp), or scientists looking at
> cognitive, social, and computational aspects of creativity.
> Furthermore, with new media, the distinctions between creator- 
> centric and
> experiencer-centric creativity is blurring. Practically, this blurring
> results in an endlessly evolving stream of artifacts that are  
> "finished"
> when their participatory roles are fulfilled. This raises questions  
> about
> where the creative act begins and ends and has implications for the  
> design
> of tools to support creative work, as well as, for the creative  
> work itself,
> from art installations where the participants can shape the work's  
> meaning
> and purpose to new educational tools and environments that seek to  
> introduce
> learners to creative collaboration. This conflation of the role of  
> creator
> and experiencer forces us to reconsider models that cleanly  
> separate the two
> and to seek out new models in which the "user" takes on a creative  
> role, not
> just an interpretive or interactive one.
> This workshop presents the design of several contemporary creative  
> models
> for new media in theory and in practice. The primary goal is to foster
> multidisciplinary communication and collaboration by discussing
> implementable models of creative acts. The workshop will provide an
> opportunity to present and discuss:
>     * New models and novel combinations of existing models
>     * Critiques of existing models
>     * Examples (successful or unsuccessful) of applications of  
> creative
> models
>     * Applications and/or installations which embed or embody specific
> models for creativity
>     * Qualitative studies of creative processes
> The focus will be on bridging creative theory and creative practice  
> with
> practical applications for creative arts and technology, from  
> installations
> to the tools that support them. Along the way, we hope to develop  
> new models
> for understanding creative processes in which participants and  
> creators are
> one and the same.

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