Determining Creative Practice – University of Bedfordshire, 2 December 2009

Determining Creative Practice

A practice-based research symposium
Wednesday December 2nd 2009
University of Bedfordshire, UK


Mike Stubbs, Filmmaker & Director, FACT
Dr Jonathan Lahey Dronsfield, Reader in Theory and Philosophy of Art, University of Reading

The University of Bedfordshire, University of Derby & the Practice Section of MeCCSA present a one day practice-based symposium for media practitioners and academics.

In the context of writing, reflecting and presenting practice-based research what role do notions of determinism play? Are the requirements of practice-based research over-determined? Is there space to consider the concept of pre determination within creative practice?

We welcome presentations of all forms of creative work, including films, creative writing, performance, sound and new media that address the following themes:

Is the core origin of creativity within the individual, society, or something else?
Is the conscious processing of creating work just one part of the creative story?
If proposals ‘determine’ how useful are they in a process of creative discovery? What alternative models exist?
If media practice is predetermined, what does this say about the product, the practice, and the practitioner? How does this relate to originality, creativity, and progress?
What is the role of collaboration in questioning the self-determination of the artist, or the work of art?
What role does commissioning and pre-production play in determining a creative practice?
To what extent do the institutional and commercial bodies that enable and fund practice-based research encourage the production of paratexts which predetermine the nature and scope of the practice and the context within which that practice can be ‘read’?

Creative presentations of 10 minutes followed by 10 minutes of theoretical interpretation
/ reflection are encouraged.

The event is free and includes lunch and refreshments.

Further information:

This event is funded by the University of Bedfordshire, University of Derby and MeCCSA, the Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies Association. It follows on from the symposium Circularity, Narrative and Aesthetic Translation held in April 2009 at the University of Bedfordshire.