Edited by Kerry Thomas and Janet Chan
Chapter 22: The ontology of creative performance and the aesthetics of design
The creative idealism underlying Stephan Dedalus’ dawning artistic awareness in this epigraph expresses an ontology of creative performance. An ontology of creative performance is not only significant in shaping the arts but also the conduct of investigations into wider fields of creativity including its psychology, sociology and history. While considered among the most valued of practices, creative performances are also considered among the most indeterminate. This chapter begins with a discussion of the constraints qualifying creativity as a performative kind, focusing upon the arts. The pattern of constraints emerging from this discussion is framed into an ontology of creative performance and illustrated using three examples drawn from the aesthetics of automotive design.
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