Cre­ative Com­mu­ni­ties: Nooks, Niches, and Net­works


Session Title:

  • Creativity as a Social Ontology

Presentation Title:

  • Cre­ative Com­mu­ni­ties: Nooks, Niches, and Net­works




  • Panel: Creativity as a Social Ontology

    This pre­sen­ta­tion looks at the for­ma­tion of var­i­ous cre­ative com­mu­ni­ties as they emerge through net­work prac­tices. Dig­i­tal art and elec­tronic lit­er­a­ture com­mu­ni­ties largely de­velop out of mail­ing lists, on­line ex­po­sure to work, and the for­ward­ing of links that oth­ers may find in­ter­est­ing. Over time, net­works of prac­ti­tion­ers begin to emerge based on affin­ity and how cer­tain work or prac­tice fits into the per­sonal on­to­log­i­cal priv­i­leg­ing. As such, com­mu­ni­ties are dis­trib­uted and ap­pear dis­junc­tive from the out­side, yet are in­clu­sive and con­joined by way of net­worked com­put­ers and aes­thetic/po­etic ac­cord.  Based on ob­ser­va­tion over the last decade or so of cre­ative dig­i­tal prac­tice, this pre­sen­ta­tion will look at trends and pat­terns of com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment in elec­tronic lit­er­a­ture and dig­i­tal art.