Collective Creativity: Art and Society in South Pacific by Dr Giuffre Katherine

By Dr Giuffre Katherine

Collective Creativity deals an research of the explosion of creative creativity at the moment occurring at the South Pacific island of Rarotonga. by way of exploring the development of this art-world during the ways that creativity and innovation are associated with social constructions and social networks, this booklet investigates the social facets of creating tremendous paintings so as to current a ‘collective’ thought of creativity. With an in depth exam of tourism, galleries and, after all, the artists themselves, Katherine Giuffre offers a close photograph of a posh and multi-faceted neighborhood during the phrases of the art-world individuals themselves.

Theoretically refined, but grounded with wealthy empirical info, this e-book will allure not just to anthropologists with an curiosity within the South Pacific, but additionally to students taken with questions of ethnicity, creativity, globalization and community research.

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Moreover, although there is a strong connection between the residents of the island and New Zealand, for the most part the Rarotongan art world is fairly self-contained. In this context, I had the opportunity to get a much more complete picture of the art world in its entirety, especially its social networks, than would have been possible in most other locales. Finally, the nature of Rarotongan society, with its emphasis on generosity, community, and extended family, highlights the idea of “collectivity” as a social norm.

Santa Fe, New Mexico), the development of the art world on Rarotonga is very new, only a few years old, so that information about the very earliest beginnings is still fresh in the participant’s minds. More importantly, the formation is still in the process of happening; it is still possible to track the art world participants as they are living the creation process—of art worlds as well as of art works—on a day-to-day basis. The down side of this newness, of course, is that no one knows yet just how viable this art scene will turn out to be.

Donalds [one of the first important trading companies and general stores on the island] and when she came out of work in the evenings, sometimes the old men would be waiting for her. There were no pensions in those days. The children of several of them had gone overseas. ’ or ask her for something else, canned goods or food. She told the salespersons to give the men what they needed and to charge the cost to her account. They probably did not understand that she still had to pay for the goods. The men never knew that she was doing that.

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