A + C + C: one step after another in the culture of co-creation

The workshops organized by Co-Creating Cultures last fall, within the CCCB I+C+i cycle of activities is having other outcomes besides its success in participation.

A group of participants in the workshops thought at the time that something else could be done in promoting a reflection on participation and co-creation. We have come together and start working on stabilizing a project and a group around the concept A + C + C: Art, Science, Culture and Technology in their Catalan and Spanish initials.

We start with an evidence: the total hybridization of the various practice fields from art to technology that is amplified and reinforced by the emergence of new forms of creation and knowledge sharing provided by technology and specifically, the culture that Internet has spawned.

The field is wide and offers room for many actions.

We have focused on co-creation as a present and future space for at the intersection of Art, Science and Culture. Yes, we know that Science is part of our culture in our society, but it seems we still have to refer to the different components in A+C+C. We also want to stress the many possibilities for interaction between all of them.

“Co-creation” is a term used in a restricted sense in the field of user-centered design but A + C + C takes a more broad and open view on it in order to study and promote the process of collaborative creation and everything that connects with it. And there is much that is related to this concept, from new ways of organizing to new forms of production. At this point we need to find influences and concepts and practices of many different initiatives from the Open Source to Design Thinking through the ArtCiencia in order to connect with them and turn them into productive partners of A+C+C.

We have defined our “Contextpedia” to better understand some terms that correspond to these actions and to new possibilities. Some of them are old terms to which we give our precise meaning, others are new inventions. For example: “symbiosis”, “open earning”, “dialogical action” or “knowledge brokers.”

It is a first step in framing the new action reference space.

The first phase of the workplan we have put in place “under the radar” since last fall includes a clarification of the scope of “co-creation”, a collection and case studies of initiatives ranging from interactive to the co-creation through participatory experiences in art, culture, science, technology and design.

We acknowledge the assistance of various individuals and entities that have agreed to share their knowledge through direct interviews. Amasté, Liberty Science Center, CCCB and the Museum of the History of Immigration are some of our patient “observed” people and entities.

Ww will continue interacting with them and with other groups and organizations that, in one way or another,  explore and promote the field of co-creation.

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