Recastıng and transmıttıng creatıve practıces: A practıce theory approach

Hajiamiri, Milad
This dissertation explores the nexus of creative practices, that is, the ways in which sayings and doings of creative practices are linked. The study investigates whether drawing on the social practice theory could lead to a new way of exploring and understanding creative practices and to the identification of the ways in which they are reinterpreted and transmitted. This study adopted inductive reasoning and a grounded theory approach and started with an exploratory study to identify cases from different fields including performing arts, visual communication and industrial design education. The case studies reveal that creative practices are complex and multifaceted social phenomena; their development, sustainability, and transmission involve practitioners, audiences, processes, tools, and various actors. The study indicates that performing a creative practice requires following rules, exercising skills and knowledge, reinterpreting and improvising with techniques and materials, and interacting practitioners and audiences. The space where a creative practice is performed is the generative locus of the practice and has an essential role in creating a milieu for its social reinterpretation and transmission.


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Citation Formats
M. Hajiamiri, “Recastıng and transmıttıng creatıve practıces: A practıce theory approach,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2022.