Thursday, September 27, 2012


On October 12, the Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley and the Curatorial Practice at the California College of the Arts are partnering to host a live-streaming of the Creative Time Summit, an annual conference in New York that brings together cultural producers--including artists, critics, writers, and curators--to discuss how their work engages pressing issues affecting our world. To jump-start the conversation in advance of the event, attendees have been asked to submit a paragraph on a keyword associated with one of the summit themes: Inequities, Occupations, Making, or Tactics. This posting is by Aimee Chang, Director of Engagement at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

Keyword: Creativity

I recently read an interesting paper that included a short description of an experiment.  People who were asked to recall three recent creative experiences before participating showed a reduced tendency to view others stereotypically versus those that were not asked to recall recent creative experiences.  I found this very interesting especially compared with other possibilities presented in the experiment including ones designed to shift attitudes, i.e. when I think about smoking I will chew gum.  What about the recollection of creativity leads to a more open approach to what follows?  What are the implications and possibilities here?

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