Let's just see what happens: a qualitative case study of risk and uncertainty in the creative process

Ross, Wendy and Groves, Mike (2023) Let's just see what happens: a qualitative case study of risk and uncertainty in the creative process. Journal of Creative Behaviour, 57 (2). pp. 305-318. ISSN 2162-6057

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Research in creativity often measures creative potential: the number of ideas which can be generated, or the way a novel thought appears in the mind of the thinker. There is much less emphasis on creativity as the realisation of this potential. This paper uses focused cognitive ethnography to explore how creativity is manifest in a complex environment. We report four main findings: that creativity involves a form of “knowing through doing”, that creativity requires risk on different levels, that an embodied material sensitivity is required to make ideas appear in the world and that the form of the creative product is often unstable. We end with some reflections on the importance of detailed microgenetic work to expand our understanding of the embodied and responsive skills which are necessary for creativity.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: creativity; creative process; creative potential; cognitive ethnography
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 150 Psychology
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 730 Plastic arts; sculpture
Department: School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Wendy Ross
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2022 11:49
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2024 01:58
URI: https://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/8085


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