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Subject: CCE - Context & Culture - 2014

College of Arts, Victoria University

Teacher Name: Lisa Cianci - email:
Course Coordinator & Education Manager: Alan Morgans - email:

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Class 04 - Creativity in Different Cultures

Class Activities

1. Indigenous Art

Review last week's excursion to NGV Australia - what did you find most engaging about the Indigenous Art exhibit? Were there any pieces that you want to explore further? Have you decided on a direction for your written piece yet?

I have a copy of the Phaidon book on Aboriginal Art (1998) which people can use in class and photocopy small sections from if you would like.

Here is an example of a short essay on Emily Kame Kngwarreye from the National Gallery of Australia:

It's an excellent guide for the sort of essay you will be writing for this assessment task. The length is about 900 words. It is well referenced - but with footnotes instead of Harvard style in-text citation - nonetheless, it shows the type of writing you need to aim for.


An infographic of interest when considering intellectual property and copy rights for visual content:


2. Creativity in different cultures

We will engage in a class discussion today about creativity in different cultures. You are asked to bring something to class - a book, DVD, a URL for something online (a text, a website) that reflects an aspect of creativity in a culture that you come from, or that is important or of influence to you.

My selection is a book that I will bring to class titled:

Francesco Clemente: Three Worlds, 1990, Philadelphia Museum of Art

It's a book I purchased when travelling in Europe around 1990, and I saw this exhibition in London at the Academy of Art.

Clemente was an influential artist for me around that time, for a number of reasons, and I think this book demonstrates the issues we are discussing as it looks at one artist's creative pratice and the influence of different cultures on his work.

Celemente was one of the big Italian art-stars of the Post Modern era - one of the "Three Cs" - (Cucchi, Chia and Clemente) that were big names at the time. He is still a major artist, and he has a great current website:

I'll have more to say about Clemente in class...


3. Writing for Blogs

Discuss different ways of writing for a blog, review some different uses for blogs by artists & writers

Some links as a starting point:




Make a blog post about your selected item today, and perhaps comment on a couple of your classmate's posts too.

Use any spare time to work on your assessment task and to populate your blog with engaging content. Please ask me for help if you're not sure what to write about or how to make a start.


Homework / Readings

Work on your Assessment Task 1 writing piece. you may still be researching and selecting the work/artists/type of art you want to discuss.



Texts On Creativity

Kaufman, J.C. & Sternberg, R (eds), 2006, The International Handbook of Creativity, Cambridge University Press
Can be partially viewed for free on Google Books: International Handbook of Creativity: eBook

Sternberg, R (ed), 1999, Handbook of Creativity, Cambridge University Press
Can be viewed for free on Google Books: Handbook of Creativity: eBook

Strong, B & Davis, M, 2005, History of Creativity in the Arts, Science and Technology: Pre-1500, Kendall Hunt Publishing


Wikipedia page (useful for some introductory links):