The seminar will approach the thematic of intuition in order to lead a discussion about creative emergence in collaborative processes in art and design. Intuition will be considered as an element of practical intelligence, which lies beyond conscious awareness, is difficult to articulate and comprises knowledge that is acquired experientially and stored tacitly. This definition is one of the categories of Robert J. Sternberg’s theory, which draws together creativity, practice and analysis (Gerard P. Hodgkinson et al., 2008, p. 4-6).
The first part of the seminar will consider intuition and practice as a circular generative process, as a catalyst to creativity. Giaccardi & Candy (2009, p. 194) describe how materiality is connected to memory and imagination; while the sensory experience informs memory, the physicality of the material in turn influences the creative cognition through the practice. This suggests that experience is fundamental for the acquisition and development of tacit knowledge.
Reading for Seminar:
Fischer, G. (2000) ‘Symmetry of ignorance, social creativity, and meta-design’. Knowledge-Based Systems, (13).
Giaccardi, E. (2005) Metadesign as an Emergent Design Culture. Leonardo, 38, (4)
Hodgkinson, G. P., Langan-Fox, J. & Sadler-Smith, E. (2008) ‘Intuition: a fundamental bridging construct in the behavioural sciences’. British Journal of Psychology, (99). pp 27.
Spinuzzi, C. (2005) ‘The Methodology of Participatory Design’. Technical Communication, (2).
Treadaway, C. (2009) ‘Materiality, Memory and Imagination: Using Empathy to Research Creativity’. Leonardo, 42 (3).