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Heterogeneity in Harmony: Diverse Practice in a Multimedia Arts Collective

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HCI and CSCW researchers have begun to call for greater and more explicit support of creative endeavors. Current theories of creativity suggest that it is an inherently collaborative activity, situated and highly contextualized. This work argues that a contextualized view of creativity calls in turn for assessment and technological support to be considered in situ.This poster presents a case study of the creative collaboration in a multimedia arts collective, with the goal of describing their current practices to inform appropriate information system design. We found that even a small and cohesive collaborative arts group contained a multitude of artistic practices and production tool choices, several distinct but interdependent work tracks and a variety of attitudes about the individual members' collaborative roles. Such heterogeneity, evidenced even within a self-selected and self-organized group, suggests challenges for future technological support of creative practices.


Cook, Eric; Teasley, Stephanie D.; Olson, Judith S. (2005): Heterogeneity in Harmony: Diverse Practice in a Multimedia Arts Collective. Proceedings of the 2005 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work. DOI: 10.1145/1099203.1099265. New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Machinery. pp. 334–335. Sanibel Island, Florida, USA