FELICITY ON GROUP CREATIVITY, INDIVIDUAL CREATIVITY
Felicity, Michael, Rinske, Paul, Anna (and Luka!), Craig and I spent an inspiring afternoon thinking through Felicity’s provocations on individual v group creativity. We moved from the cult of genius through a range of feminist critiques, finally looking at the conditions for the production of the work - both from a philosophical and a historical standpoint, and also from each of our own practical perspectives. In doing so we discussed artists and works including…
We discussed the differences between collaboration, mentorship, and participation in a community of practice - against the impossibility of creating work in a vacuum, and the various factors having led to the pre-feminist imagining of the singular, heroic, genius artist.
As we discussed our own practice as well as the way in which a general public might understand the work of art or the ‘star’ individual, we turned to history, context and tradition, and determined to make our next salon an excursion.