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Side by Side?
Community Art and the Challenge of Co-Creativity

ISBN 9781138219861
Published December 20, 2016 by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

A new wave of community arts projects has opened up exciting areas of cross-cultural creativity in recent years. These collaborations of local people, arts facilitators, anthropologists and supporting organisations represent a flourishing new form of arts-based collaborative anthropology that aims to document the stories and cultures of local people using creative art forms. Often focusing on social and cultural agendas, from education and health promotion to advocacy and cultural heritage preservation, participants bring together methods historically linked to anthropology with those from the arts and community development.

Side by Side? – The Challenge of Co-creativity investigates these creative projects as sites of significant cultural creation and potential social change. Through the exploration of a range of diverse collaborations, the common threads and historical contexts in this domain of cultural creativity are examined. The role that creative arts collaborations can have in disrupting existing hierarchies of social power and knowledge creation is analysed, as are the potential futures, historical and cultural implications of these co-creative practices.

Drawing on the experiences and reflections of over 30 facilitators from more than 7 countries, and written by an experienced collaborative arts practitioner and researcher, this exciting forthcoming book will play a defining role in the emerging critical discourse on collaborative art and collaborative anthropology. It is essential reading for collaborative anthropologists, arts facilitators and others who aim to collaborate cross-culturally, as well as students of Art, Anthropology, and related subjects.

Table of Contents

1. Considering Collaboration  2. Practices of Collaborative Arts across Cultures  3. Interview with Rachel Breunlin: The Neighborhood Story Project  4. Axes of collaboration  5. Conflict and collaboration in the Chiapas Photography Project and the Archivo Fotográfico Indígena  6. Co-creativity as an organising principle  7. Negotiating Futures

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Maya Haviland is an artist, community facilitator and researcher. She is Lecturer in Museum Anthropology at the Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University, an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Nulungu Research Institute at the the University of Notre Dame Australia, and a Professional Associate at the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research at the University of Canberra. Her research focuses on co-creativity, cultural and organizational development and dynamics of collaboration.


"This is a timely, creative, and exciting discussion of the possibilities for collaboration that are thrown up when anthropology and various contemporary art practices collide in cross-cultural contexts. Haviland's definition of 'art-based collaborative anthropology' should serve as a paradigm for much of the new kinds of work emerging in this field.  It is also a work of real passion and engagement that presents a compelling argument for considering the essential co-creativity of anthropology, and the role that both anthropology and art-practices can play in documenting cultures. As such it is essential reading for anyone interested in working cross-culturally."
Christopher Wright, Goldsmiths, UK