Creativity in crisis: arts in the age of austerity
Ioannis Tsioulakis (Queen's University, Belfast)
Fiona Murphy (Queen's University Belfast)
Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou (Queen's University Belfast)
Examination Schools Room 8
Start time:
20 September, 2018 at 9:00 (UTC+0)
Session slots:

Short abstract:

The panel invites proposals that examine creative practice within conditions of economic and social crisis. We welcome papers addressing one of the following themes: languages of coping and articulation of crisis vocabularies, strategies of survival among artists, the emergence of crisis aesthetics.

Long abstract:

We invite proposals for papers which analyse the ways in which creative artists cope with circumstances of 'crisis', particularly in its economic and social forms. The panel seeks to explore three interrelated themes:

1. Languages of coping: how do creative artists articulate their responses to the crisis? We welcome ethnographic work that analyses the vocabulary of crisis-narratives, interrogating concepts such as: resilience, survival, sustainability, adaptability, resistance, opportunity, and struggle. We invite papers that reflect on the following: How does language relates to individual versus collective conceptualisations of 'crisis'? To what extent are creative artists unique in those attitudes? Is the concept of 'creativity' one possible discourse to cope with crisis?

2. Creative strategies: what kinds of methods do artists employ in order to survive financially and safeguard the conditions of their creative work? Engaging with discourses on precarity and resistance, the panel seeks to understand the strategies that allow expressive artists to retain access to audiences, careers, employment, and visibility, within conditions of economic recession and austerity. We welcome presentations that assess how collective forms of resistance emerge within domains of creative labour, such as grassroots artistic collaboration, transnational networking, and intermediality.

3. Crisis aesthetics: are there particular aesthetic forms (for example audio/visual styles, performance habitus, or production ethics) that emerge as a result of, and commentary on, the crisis-scape? Under this theme, the panel will particularly focus on ways in which 'crisis' shapes novel genres of expressivity, as well as hinders and excludes dominant aesthetic tropes.