Sharing the risky business of being creative

The first Imagining Together event is on September 28

Fashion designer Juliette Hogan will
share her experiences at the first
Imagining Together panel discussion.  

What do fashion designer Juliette Hogan, comedian and creative director Greg Ellis, and musician Warren Maxwell have in common? Find out at a free lunchtime panel discussion at Massey University in Wellington on September 28.

The panel discussion is the first in a series of four events called Imagining Together where experts from different fields share their diverse experiences of the creative process using the themes of risk and uncertainty.

Associate Professor Elspeth Tilley says she and Massey colleague Stella Robertson want to expand people’s knowledge about creativity by combining different experiences and viewpoints and discussing them.

“Stella and I come from very different fields – she’s part of a group of designers working to shift people’s thinking to recognise design as a strategy and a way of thinking. I’m a theatre practitioner working with words and bodies and creative collaboration. When discussing creativity we found we could learn from each other to expand our own toolboxes,” she says.

The six panellists for this kick-off event also include Oscar-nominated animator and animation supervisor for Weta Digital David Clayton, writer and teacher of creative writing Dr Ingrid Horrocks, and artist/ photographer Jason O’Hara. The speakers will outline their expert takes on the topic and respond to questions from the audience.

Ms Robertson expects the speakers will have different views on the subject. “We have asked them to specifically explore ideas of risk and uncertainty in the creative process, so there is a connecting theme, but we know they’ll have very varied angles to view it from.

“We’re interested in creative dissonance. Putting together a panel of people who wouldn’t necessarily normally move in the same fields and getting them to focus together on creative process generates an opportunity for new insights to be generated,” says Ms Robertson.

Creativity and Culture, the second event in the series, will be held in March 2017 and will feature a panel discussion about cultural models of creativity including Maori and Pasifika models.

The third panel discussion Imagining Futures and Fictions will be held in April 2017. “This will look at how imagining things which don’t exist can help us find solutions for problems in the real world. For example, if we fantasize about a fictional better future, what ideas could be useful to help us in the here and now?” says Dr Tilley.

The fourth lecture, Crossing Disciplines and Creativity will be held in May 2017, and will focus on practical tips for bridging disciplines in creative teams.

Dr Elspeth Tilley teaches theatre in the School of English and Media Studies, and is a mover and shaker in the creative activism movement. Stella Robertson is a senior lecturer in the School of Design and teaches design and enterprise. She has an MA in Creativity and Innovation from the Edward de Bono institute in Malta.

Event information
The first Imagining Together discussion will be held in The Pyramid at Massey’s Wellington campus on September 28 between 1 and 2 pm. For more information check out the Facebook page.

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