Creativity-Centered Design from an Ecologically Grounded Perspective: Activities and Resources in Palafito 1.0

Creativity-Centered Design from an Ecologically Grounded Perspective: Activities and Resources in Palafito 1.0

Damián Keller (Amazon Center for Music Research (NAP), Federal University of Acre, Rio Branco, Brazil), Ariadna Capasso (Amazon Center for Music Research (NAP), Federal University of Acre, Rio Branco, Brazil) and Patricia Tinajero (Amazon Center for Music Research (NAP), Federal University of Acre, Rio Branco, Brazil)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/JCIT.2015100101

Abstract

In this paper three methodological approaches to creativity-centered design are identified: the computational approach, the dialogical perspective and the ecologically grounded framework. These methods relate to the current definition of ubiquitous music (ubimus). Both social and material factors that shape creative musical phenomena within ubiquitous music making are addressed. The second section discusses a design study highlighting the concepts laid out in the first part: activities and resource usage. A split between creative products and resources, which points to three material observables, frames this discussion: resources, products and by-products, including creative waste. Two new design qualities are proposed: volatility and rivalry. The paper concludes with a summary of the study results, suggesting further explorations of the ecological framework in ubiquitous music experiments.
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Part 1: Ubimus Methodological Proposals

Since 2007, our research group has been engaged in a multidisciplinary effort to investigate the creative potential of converging forms of social interaction, mobile and distributed technologies, and materially grounded artistic practices. We have proposed to adopt of the term ubiquitous music (ubimus) to define practices that empower participants of musical experiences through socially oriented, creativity-enhancing tools (Keller et al., 2011a; Keller et al., 2014b). Ubiquitous music is defined as a research field that deals with distributed systems of human agents and material resources that afford musical activities through sustainable creativity support infrastructure. This consensual definition, established through collaborative work within our community of practice, summarizes the research efforts of three distinct but complementary methodological approaches to the study of ubimus phenomena: (1) the dialogical view, (2) the computational perspective and (3) the ecologically grounded framework.

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