Creativity is said to be the fuel of the contemporary economy. Dynamic industries such as film, music, television and design have changed the fortunes of entire cities, from Nashville to Los Angeles, Barcelona to Brisbane and beyond. Yet creativity remains mercurial – it is at the heart of industrial innovation and can attract investment, but it is also an intangible, personal quality and experience. What exactly constitutes creativity?
Drawing on examples as diverse as postcard design, classical music, landscape art, tattooing, Aboriginal hip-hop, and rock sculpture, this book seeks to explore and redefine creativity as both economic and cultural phenomenon. Creativity also has a peculiar geography. Beyond Hollywood, creativity is evident in suburban, rural and remote places – a quotidian, vernacular, eclectic enterprise. In seeking to redefine the creative industries, this book brings together geographers, historians, sociologists, cultural studies scholars and media/communications experts to explore creativity in diverse places outside major cities. These are places that are physically and/or metaphorically remote, are small in population terms, or which because of old industrial legacies are assumed by others to be unsophisticated or marginal in an imaginary geography of creativity. This book reveals the richness and depth, the challenges and surprises of being creative beyond city limits.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Australian Geographer.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Creative Geographies: tales from the ‘margins’ Chris Gibson 2. Postcards from Somewhere: ‘marginal’ cultural production, creativity and community Robyn Mayes 3. Creativity without Borders? Rethinking remoteness and proximity Chris Gibson, Susan Luckman & Julie Willoughby-Smith 4. Multiple Work Sites and City-wide Networks: a topological approach to understanding creative work Chris Brennan-Horley 5. Making Connections: creative industries networks in outer-suburban locations Emma Felton, Christy Collis & Phil Graham 6. Magic Light, Silver City: the business of culture in Broken Hill Lisa Andersen 7. Creating an Authentic Tourist Site? The Australian Standing Stones, Glen Innes John Connell & Barbara Rugendyke 8. Australia’s Capital of Jazz? The (re)creation of place, music and community at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival Rebecca Anne Curtis 9. Creative Migration: a Western Australian case study of creative artists Dawn Bennett 10. Creative Migration? The attraction and retention of the ‘creative class’ in Launceston, Tasmania Madeleine Verdich 11. Indigenous Hip-hop: overcoming marginality, encountering constraints Andrew Warren & Rob Evitt
Chris Gibson is Professor in Human Geography, and currently ARC Future Fellow and Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research at the University of Wollongong, Australia.