TITLE

The “Butterfly Effect" in Collaborative Creativity: Turning the Light on Transformation

AUTHOR(S)
Prince, Cali
PUB. DATE
September 2016
SOURCE
International Journal of Social, Political & Community Agendas i;Sep2016, Vol. 11 Issue 3, p23
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Invoking the metaphor of the “butterfly effect," I explore how creative collaborations between artists,people in their communities, and institutions can be a powerful cultivator and catalyst for nonlinear effects and transformations. Drawing on practice-led research, this metaphor is explored as a tool to deepen the understanding that small collaborative creative actions can result in significant transformations and/or unexpected effects. The butterfly effect is viewed through a sequence of interconnected and iterativeprojects that have ripple effects, leading tofurther actions and transformations. Illustrated by the case project Magical Playspaces, I reveal how the collaborative creative process resulted in enhanced democratic decision making by residents with artists and local government. I propose that a \‘fourth space" may emergefrom these processes, which is beyond the control of any one actor. Acknowledging that many of the effects are beyond linear measurement, I propose the butterfly effect as a blueprintfor interdisciplinary teams to support the complexity emerging in these processes. The fertile space of the unknown can generate the discovery of new forms of knowing together, offering greater potential for innovation and participatory change both within and outside of established hierarchical structures. This is explored using elements of narrative inquiry, arts-based action research and ethnography.
ACCESSION #
119083018

 

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