Beyond Disciplinary Guidelines

Attractor: Georg Russegger

Through the establishment of new creative cultures, enabled by digital media and global communication networks, new practices and ability profiles of creative and artistic delineation and exploration are gaining new grounds. Furthermore, economic models are eager to create synergies with symbolic values of cultural and artistic programs to deal with the potentials of »creativity«. At the moment these profiles are roughly subsumed (e.g. as »creative class«), but at the present day it is difficult to predict which catalysts and draft programs can be put into effect for these creative innovation processes. On the other hand it has to be questioned if innovation -as it is understood by policy makers of entrepreneurship- is a desired state for artistic projects and networks. This phenomenon that is set up via global nodes of creativity (e.g. networks, communities, organizations, projects, etc.) is more and more uprooting disciplinary guidelines and permitted structures of local traditions. Therefore, these vectors have changed the ways of cooperation and development in socio-cultural production paradigms. In this context »new« things happen based on cultural conditions of transformation, which have departed from established mechanisms of delineation and creation. They activate an innovation-fabric that does not yet have any adequate surface for the assessment of observations and mediations in such transformation processes. Thereby, new options of interaction emerge within the intersection of art / culture / economics / knowledge development / idea aggregation / intermediation a.s.o.

Methodology: Coming from media-anthropology and co-evolutionary theory the methodology is focusing and human-self-transformation and mediated self-organization. Methods for that are applied project-approaches from creative media-integrated knowledge-cultures. Therefore it is a strong approach focusing on qualitative research (web, net, f2F, interviews and discursive formats like panels) and network theory looking on intermediation between human-body wetware and artifacts (soft- and hardware)

Biography: Georg Russegger is the Scientific Manager of the research and development project Ludic Interfaces at the Interface Culture Lab, University of Art and Design Linz. Together with the association he is the curatorial director of the CODED CULTURES festival in Vienna. Since 1999 he has been active in artistic and scientific fields that investigate new artistic practices, media-integrated knowledge-cultures and their impact on project design as well as individual self-empowerment.