Theories of Creativity: The Significance of the Insignificant. A Graphic Novel

Authors

  • Benjamin Schiemer Institute of Organization Science, Johannes Kepler University, Linz http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2930-8098
  • Roman Duffner Institute of Theory and History, Anton Bruckner Private University, Linz; Institute of Organization Science, Johannes Kepler University, Linz
  • S.R. Ayers

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.1971-8853/12775

Keywords:

Graphic Novel, Creativity Theories, Temporal Affordance, Trivial Object, Incompleteness

Abstract

This graphic novel offers an insight into various theoretical approaches in creativity theory. In their search for approaches that provide the best possible explanation for how ideas come about, the main actors (scientists) of our story encounter a wide variety of allegories (in the form of superheroes) representing creativity theories on a fictitious distant planet. They end up in remote areas and finally encounter theories that, at first glance, cannot make a significant contribution to creativity. These theories are our contributions to the topics of incompleteness, temporal structuring, and trivial objects that we have developed in recent years as part of ethnographic research on creativity in music. The initial assumption that these theories have less explanatory value for the emergence of ideas turns out to be a fallacy in our story.

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2021-05-26

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Schiemer, B., Duffner, R., & Ayers, S. (2021). Theories of Creativity: The Significance of the Insignificant. A Graphic Novel. Sociologica, 15(1), 163-191. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.1971-8853/12775

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