Handbook of Research on Creativity
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Handbook of Research on Creativity

Edited by Kerry Thomas and Janet Chan

In this timely work, creativity is not defined by an ideal, rather it encompasses a range of theories, functions, characteristics, processes, products and practices that are associated with the generation of novel and useful outcomes suited to particular social, cultural and political contexts. Chapters present original research by international scholars from a wide range of disciplines including history, sociology, psychology, philosophy, cultural studies, education, economics and interdisciplinary studies. Their research investigates creativity in diverse fields including art, creative industries, aesthetics, design, new media, music, arts education, science, engineering and technology.
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Chapter 28: Re-creating performance art: the rise of re-enactment

Edward Scheer


This chapter explores the recent history and meaning of re-creating works of art by taking as a case study the significance of re-enactment in recent performance art. How are such acts of repetition framed as creative/artistic actions? What institutional factors contribute to this development? It may seem counter-intuitive to consider the precise re-presentation of an event as a creative act but, as the UK Crime Reduction Act of 2006 notes, ‘illustrating conduct’ is essential to the logic and the practice of re-enactment and the idea of illustration as a creative art practice would not cause anyone undue concern even if re-enactment was not itself evidence of creative practice.

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