RMIT named partner in a €3M European research project on how creative practices can contribute to sustainability

RMIT named partner in a €3M European research project on how creative practices can contribute to sustainability

The EU Horizon 2020 funded project will highlight how the arts can contribute to addressing a world transformed by climate change.

The project, which is named CreaTures: Creative Practices for Transformational Futures (CreaTures), aims to demonstrate effective pathways through creative practice to achieve sustainability, social cohesion and peaceful co-existence during times of rapid change.

Creative practices – from writing, art and theatre through to participatory community development and storytelling – are often underused in the urgent task of changing cultures towards sustainability.

CreaTures will identify the aspects of creative practice that contribute most effectively to sociocultural transformation with the aim to develop an open access framework to support practitioners and policymakers in guiding positive change.

The three-year research project features three connected components.

The first is an observatory to identify and map existing, fragmented and often hidden transformational creative practices.

The second is a laboratory to support new experimentation and direct engagement with diverse stakeholders, including members of the public, by mounting several different scales and types of creative production.

The third effort is an evaluation to test new and existing creative practices in a systematic and concerted way for their impact.

Partners involved in CreaTures include Superflux – the team behind a recent installation at the Centre for Contemporary Culture (CCCB) in Barcelona of a future London apartment radically adapted for living with the consequences of climate change. Credit: Superflux

Led by Aalto University in Finland, CreaTures involves 11 European partners, including universities and research centres, NGOs, as well as leading creative art and design organisations.

Jaz Hee-jeong Choi, RMIT Project Lead for Creatures and Director of RMIT's Care-full Design Lab said the project is a unique opportunity to coalesce transdisciplinary research and arts for society to better engage with creative practices and their impacts in co-creating sustainable futures.

"Care is at the centre of CreaTures," Choi said. 

“As a consortium we're excited to have care ethics as a central guide for our conceptual, methodological and translational undertakings as researchers and practitioners.”

CreaTures officially kicks off in February 2020.

Story: Karen Matthews

CreaTures is a Research and Innovation Action, which has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement number 870759.

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