We at Cambridge Creation Lab (CCL) are devoted to constantly devising new strategies to cultivate a community of pioneering thinkers in the fields of humanities, creative writing, science writing education, music, dance and design thinking practices. Our students are fellow explorers who involuntarily grow with us through resilience to enquire into aesthetic cultures of many disciplines to create materials, texts, media, artworks, performances in support of a fresh conception of artistic research.
Our mission is the development of creative expression of the sense of self, visual or aural metaphors, narrative, and poetic thinking, design perspectives that are grounded in the mindful investigations into art and science that influence almost all our everyday experiences. Our research-led teaching means that students are invited right inside how we discover and uncover the processes that underpin the making of creative thinking, designing and performance. Through words, drawings, compositions, choreographies and silhouettes of all that lies in between-we plunge into the unspeakable region of our memory or subconscious mind to see, know and express, restore, reframe and reconnect with the truest versions of who we truly are.
We were not born with an innate knowledge of the world. It was through curiosity and trial and error of discovery and the spirit to ask questions courageously that we were able to inspire and enlighten ourselves.
Our interdisciplinary research -based approach prepares students to pursue innovative research in the arts and the sciences and to conduct inquiry through scholarly research, practice as research, and provides meaningful learning and collaborative experiences. Our open and revolutionary methods are rooted in an appreciation and unsuppressed fascination for diverse cultures, disciplines and mindsets and the constant engagement between science and the humanities in the most unpredictable yet structured ways. We will be using these opportunities to make the discipline and institution of the arts more accessible and more connected outside the established academic frameworks. By drawing on data, concepts and methods from the sciences from a highly metaphorical or allegorical or even mnemonic perspective, we would draw on a wide range of texts, images, installations, sound works, choreographies from the arts and sciences and allow the imagination to envelope, palpate the visible things.
“We must habituate ourselves to think that every visible is cut out in the tangible…since the same body sees and touches visible and tangible belong to the same world.”-Merleau Ponty.
The courses will impart skills that can help in the fields such as (but not limited to):
∞ Literary and Visual Arts Criticism
∞ Experimental Creative Writing
∞ Public relations or communication
∞ Arts Management
∞ Science Writing
∞ Songwriting and Recording
∞ Applied Arts and Crafts
∞ Creative Thinking in Digital Media
∞ Poetry and Lyric Writing
∞ Collaborative Artistic Research
∞ Architectural Writing
∞ Performance as Research Studies
Language and the visualization of language plays an important role in the understanding of artistic research. Our mission is to find never-ending pathways or networks of thoughts and practices that open up new sources of metaphors by engaging the imagination. Our approach is like a series of knots between and through disciplines wherein it is possible for the students to move through entanglements and gestures of release. Developing insights as they move from grid to grid of interdisciplinary concepts will help them create unprecedented connections, designs and improvisations. By examining these working processes we intend to identify and explore tendencies, strategies and breakthrough techniques to artistic research.
“The nature of mind: much of its power seems to stem from just the messy ways its agents cross-connect. ...it's only what we must expect from evolution's countless tricks.”-Marvin Minsky