The Muse, the Wicked and the Wayfinder: The role of creative and cultural practices in imagining sustainable change

Viveka Hocking, Heidi Kunz, Meaghan Quinn

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    Sustainability is about finding ways to live and act in the world not merely [to] survive but also express and expand [our] cultural and spiritual possibilities (Manzini, 1992, p.6). Growing global acceptance of the need to change towards a more sustainable manner of human development means a fundamental change in how we design our future. This wicked problem calls for an open conversation that embraces approaches to very messy and uncertain issues. If we as a society require the creative capacity to dream of, and subsequently create, a better future, then creative and cultural practices have a valuable part to play. We propose that the Muse is an important part of Sustainability. In an area often dominated by the sciences and social sciences, the creative practices ought to be more actively engaged in projects tackling the complexity of sustainability. Not just as art for art sake, but actively engaging creative process in sustainability projects as dynamic, experimental and cutting edge projects that pull together the artist, academic, industry and community. Not just the cult of artistic genius, but building creative communities that can keep engaging in this wicked conversation with all the messiness and complexity of the many interconnected facets that make up sustainability. This paper explores the potential of creative and cultural practices to construct knowledge for change
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLinking Art and the Environment
    EditorsAguilar, L., Curtis, D.
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherEcoArts Australis Inc.
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event1st EcoArts Australis Conference - Wollongong, NSW, Australia
    Duration: 1 Jan 2013 → …


    Conference1st EcoArts Australis Conference
    Period1/01/13 → …
    OtherMay 12-13 2013


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