DRIVES

Being creative means to evaluate the potential of an idea not knowing how the outcome will be perceived.

The creative process can be described as a constant interplay between generating and testing ideas. It is connected to processes of thinking and imagination, of practical experimenting and hypothetical testing, of visualization and logical evaluation - just to name a few.

Potentially, the creative process leads to innovation and knowledge generation.

 

My advising focus and my interest in research lies in exploring the interdependencies between processesinvolved in the creative doing, such as:

- originality / usability

- innovation / vision 

- cognitive / emotional mechanism

- motivation

- insecurity / strength

- vulnerability / courage

- visual / rational thinking

- target focusing / defocusing

- creative implementation

As an artist, I focus on aspects of originality and authenticity.

As a scientist, I explore how the creative process relates to knowledge generation (innovative aspects of life) and human‘s psychological, cultural and biological conditioning.

CREATIVE COGNITION - IDEAS BEYOND BORDERS

 

The creative ability is based on a set of cognitive processes which each individual, in principle, has access to. In other words, we all have a certain creative potential.

 

Like the communicative ability, also creativity is related to the competence of recoding existing knowledge structures. This ability is also related to problem-solving mechanisms  and operates at various levels (thinking, visualization, logical / emotional decision making, practical experimenting, hypothetical evaluation etc.).

In short, the creative ability constitutes the inventiveness and cultural competences of the human being.

 

Questions I am interested in include:

  • - How are ideas generated, modified and implemented ?

  • - How does the creative ability relate to knowledge generation
      and human cultural development ?

  • - How does human biological determination influences
      cultural abilities and vice versa ?

 

The study of creative information processing and related cognitive processes contribute to a methodological understanding of creativity. Such approach is meant to be fruitful to various fields of life such as science, art, education, and economy.

 

My research is focused on:

  • - creativity and sociobiology / coevolution

  • - creativity and knowledge generation / creative cognition

  • - art und research - the principle of noise

  • - art and sustainability - social relevance

 

My fields of research are:

creative science, cognitive and cultural science, sociobiology, art science,media anthropology

ART - RESEARCH OF NOISE

 

Art contributes to the knowledge pool of a society. Compared to traditional sciences, though, it is not
- or, better said - should never be bound to standard paradigms.

Artistic research aims at generating new perspectives on perception. Typically, it entails a moment of unfamiliarity, discomfort , irritation or provocation. One might even say that the essence of art is noise and blurring.

I focus on the term "artistic research" as I consider that art can generate knowledge at society level where other systems fail. Art should, thus, be regarded as a socially relevant matter. Nevertheless, it is the artist‘s task to find a methodological balance in operating liberated from constraints and restrictions while at the same time being aware of the social embedding of his / her artwork (autonomy-autarky discussion).

Besides, I believe that art should move out of its ‘exclusive’ zone and open up for a discourse on artistic relevance and the manifold generative ability of human kind.

Art is profoundly human.

PHD:

 

COEVOLUTION - COGNITION- COOPERATION - CREATIVITY

A Socio-Cognitive Perspective on Creative Processes

http://data.onb.ac.at/rec/AC10775123

 

© Stepha Schede 2020

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