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
- 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.
COEVOLUTION - COGNITION- COOPERATION - CREATIVITY
A Socio-Cognitive Perspective on Creative Processes