Connecting the world through creativity: Using Creative practice to facilitate meaning across Cultures

By Donna Wright.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper outlines the development of an art practice based research methodology specifically modelled to investigate the significance of creativity and creative practice in setting up sites for shared understanding. Big Blue Ball: Pictures, people, place is an international research project that investigates the making of meaning in a contemporary intercultural lifeworld, where global cultural flows are increasingly interconnecting and transforming our societies. Through the development of a practice based research strategy that draws on the visual and creative arts, Big Blue Ball: Pictures, people, place has aimed to build on our understandings of both the nature of meaning making and the significance of creativity and creative practice in setting up sites that can support innovative thinking about contemporary cultural issues of a globally interactive world.

Keywords: Visual Culture, Practice-Based Research, Intercultural Communication

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.83-88. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 989.104KB).

Dr. Donna Wright

Lecturer, Central Queensland University, Queensland, Australia

A practicing visual artist for over 18 years, Wright has been educating adults for 15 years, working in the areas of contemporary arts practice and visual culture, community development, Aboriginal adult education, and has now been lecturing in communication, cultural studies and visual communication for the past four years at Central Queensland University's international campuses. Wright's research actively engages dialogue with a diversity of cultures through individuals responding to pictures. It is primarily a creative exploration into how meaning can be reconstructed through cross-cultural exposure and inter- cultural exchange. Wright's interest lies in reviving the communication tools of visual and creative arts practice by placing them into positions to act as vehicles for fresh and innovative approaches to our continuing investigations into the human communicative process and its complex systems of mutual understanding.

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