Remapping the creativity of popular visual culture: A perspective on the Asian ethnic group

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Abstract

Creativity has always been one of the most discussed topics in Western art education. Today, young people are surrounded by a wide variety of new technology and are familiar and comfortable with the use of this technology. They are able to use various types of visual media to demonstrate and express their creative ideas through popular cultural organizations such as cosplay and dōjinshi, and to share and communicate these ideas through global networking and a variety of media such as YouTube, Facebook and MSN. However, does this type of creativity precisely reflect the situation in the contemporary visual culture of Asian ethnic groups? Furthermore, can our existing theories of creativity explicate the cultural phenomena appearing in Asia today? In order to answer these questions, in this article I will discuss various theories and definitions of creativity and highlight some significant related issues. I will also present some of the findings from my recent study on Asian ethnic group creativity as examples of the creative phenomena currently appearing in the region.
創造力一直是西方藝術教育最常討論的主題。現今年輕人周遭圍繞許多新科技,他們對這些科技相當熟悉,使用起來也得心應手。他們能夠使用各類視覺媒體,透過角色扮演 (cosplay) 與同人誌 (dōjinshi) 等流行文化組織,來展現和表達創造的想法,並透過全球網路與 YouTube、Facebook和MSN 等各式各樣的媒體,來分享與傳遞這些想法。然而,這類創造力能精確反映出亞洲民族當代現覺文化的情況嗎?再者,我們現有的創造力相關理論,能夠解釋亞洲今日顯現的文化現象嗎?為了回答這些問題,本文將討論創造力的各種理論與定義,並聚焦於某些重要的相關議題。本文也將提出個人近期對亞洲民族創造力的研究,舉例說明此地區目前顯現的創意現象。 Copyright © 2012 NTAEC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-56
JournalThe International Journal of Arts Education
Volume10
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

Citation

Lau, C. Y. (2012). Remapping the creativity of popular visual culture: A perspective on the Asian ethnic group. The International Journal of Arts Education, 10(1), 36-56.

Keywords

  • Asian ethnic groups
  • Creativity
  • Macro and micro perspectives
  • Visual culture
  • 亞洲民族
  • 創造力
  • 宏觀與微觀
  • 視覺文化
  • Alt. title: 重繪流行視覺文化的創造力:對亞洲民族的觀點

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