Distributed Authorship and Creative Communities

Simon Biggs, Penny Travlou

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Abstract / Description of output

In its requirement for both an author and reader art can be considered a participatory activity. Expanded concepts of agency, such as in actor-network-theory (Latour 2005), question what or who can be an active participant, allowing us to revisit the debate on authorship from a new perspective. We can ask whether creativity might be regarded as a form of social interaction rather than an outcome. How might we understand creativity as interaction between people and things, as sets of discursive relations rather than outcomes?
This paper seeks to articulate these issues, identifying a set of core questions and describing the context within which they will be addressed, indicating how these questions will be at the centre of the pan-European ELMCIP collaborative research project. The paper examines a specific example of a creative community and outlines the research methods we intend to employ during our proposed field work. The paper concludes with an outline of our expected outcomes.

Also presented as a peer reviewed paper at the International Symposium of Electronic Art 2011, where the author was Panel co-Chair, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey and the Society for Science, Literature and the Arts conference 2010, School of Economics, Riga, Latvia.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
JournalDichtung Digital
Issue numberNA
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • emergent community
  • Ethnography
  • digital arts
  • electronic literature


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