Fourth Meta-Circles Meeting
31st October 2019 at Goldsmiths, University of London
Who? / Where? / Why?
- Alfredo and John
Alfredo's collage based on his visit to a 'care' site (SELCHP Bermondsey)
- Useful & full discussion (John & Alfredo) around how to 'design' the rules of engagement for exchanging documents etc.
- Alf suggested that we dispense with the idea of design as a solution-oriented practice
- Alf's focus of interest within his masters research is how to define and develop 'care'.
- Alf's current summary conclusion is that the "purpose of (his) research is to make kin"
- We discussed the nature of 'care' and agreed that it is not 'cute' or 'nice' (e.g. tough love).
- Care is also a worthwhile focus for the Metacircle design - we asked whether care could be cultivated.
- We agreed that 'care' cannot successfully be monetised in the same instrumentalist (allopoietic) way that labour can be.
- We have a shared interest in how money works (e.g. John's Mint article)
- Employees can learn to smile, but cannot 'fake' liking the customer (?)
Overcoming Resistance to Co-Creativity
- The act of co-creativity has a number of obstacles:
- e.g. JW's timidity over 'interfering' with Alf's hand-made collage / document.
- e.g. possible misunderstandings or barriers (e.g. cultural/aesthetic/skills/stylistic) between art school trained members and others.
- John suggested that there is a common psychological resistance to co-creative practice
- 1. fear of damaging the other person's original work
- 2. fear of having one's ideas damaged by one's collaborator
- 3. insecurity about one's own inadequacies (e.g. skills / talents / knowledge / intelligence)
- 4. fear of giving away one's precious ideas without due recognition/reward.
- 5. see the idea of sympoiesis
- Furthermore - he drew a parallel with the psychological barriers/conceptual resistance in bisociation
- i.e. Arthur Koestler claimed that all creative (e.g. co-creative) acts are combinatorial.
- His bisociation method anticipates this resistance, so that the collaborators expect to confront it.
- The method emphasises the need to start with the meeting (forcing together) of seemingly incommensurate items.
- He claims that the outcome will either be
- a). something unexpected
- b). laughter
- In the latter case, this would be a useful element in the growing of kinship.