Creating: Acting from a Place of Un-knowing

By Fernanda Maio.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Theory and History

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This paper contextualizes the workshop given at The 7th International Conference on The Arts in Society (23rd to 25th, Liverpool, UK) and seeks to present the principles that have guided its conception, starting with two critical ideas: the current obsession with creativity and the popular understanding, and use, of creativity are partly the result of an excess of order and competitiveness in our modern societies. I propose instead that we should seek to understand the importance of recapturing the subjective, invisible, immeasurable and unconscious processes that pertain to our capacity to create. The workshop’s central exercise was the drawn representation of one’s life journey as an act of creation, thus emphasizing the responsibility for our stories and our self-making processes. A model of four archetypes, or patterns of human behavior, was provided as a guide for reflecting on stages of a typical life cycle according to Jungian author Gareth S. Hill.

Keywords: Creativity, Creation, Self-making, Archetypes, Jungian Thought, Drawing, Writing, Un-knowing

The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.51-59. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 842.759KB).

Prof. Fernanda Maio

Researcher, CEISXX, Universidade de Coimbra, Lisboa, Portugal

Professor Maio is an Integrated Researcher at CEIS20, Univ. Coimbra, Portugal, doing post-doctoral research on creativity, leadership and organizational learning in change management (scholarship from FCT POPH/FSE). She has a PhD in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK, and is a Guest Professor of art and communication at Fac. Belas-Artes, Univ. Lisboa, and FCSH, Univ. Nova de Lisboa. She is an essayist and artist.