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Creative Sheffield

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Published on Jul 5, 2007

CULTURAL DeSIGN TRUST In association with Access Space Network Ltd 'builds creative futures'.'What are the Arts for - in a Creative Sheffield ?'
Report on the comments and observations gathered from a public debate entitled 'What are the Arts for in a Creative Sheffield ?', jointly organised by Cultural Design Trust and Access Space Network Ltd. in Sheffield on the 28th March 2007.
This first debate specifically attempted to identify 'barriers' to collaborations between social designers, urban designers, environmental designers and creative artists/designers, including issues relevant to practitioners within the city.

Report compiled by Roman Piechocinski
James Wallbank
Copyright Cultural Design Trust
4.0 RECOMMENDATIONS / ACTIONS / SOLUTIONS:
4.1 The need for multi-disciplinary practitioners to identify solutions, policies and programmes, by collaborating and building lasting partnerships.
4.2 The need to call meetings of all relevant parties to discuss and redress perceived or actual imbalances.
4.3 The need for practitioners to elect or agree an individual(s) or body to represent their views at City/Region & Nation's various decision making fora
4.4 The need to devise schemes in order to inspire, empower and creatively engage practitioners to collaborate, addressing local and global issues.
1. Example: Create a Multi-disciplinary Design Ideas Competition. Encouraging social designers, urban designers, environmental designers and creative artists/designers to collaboratively re-design a city area using sustainability as its guiding principle. With the proviso that they devise lexicon, iconography, genre and stylistic options for sustainable living.
4.5 The need to bring together all relevant agencies to ensure that multi-disciplinary schemes become the public and private sector procurement norm.
4.6 The need to engage all arts and design disciplines in similar endeavours, ensuring across the board arts / design participation and engagement.
4.7 The need to ensure that both universities actively engaged in the process and help deliver the City/Region's and Global Cultural survival solutions.
4.8 The need to establish a multi-disciplinary Arts Research Funding Council or Academy, open to artist/designer lead practical design research programmes.
4.9 The need for a locally based multi-disciplinary practice based Design Institute to promote sustainable design best practice and training.
4.10 The need for a nexus to engage local people directly, ensuring that they select the most beneficial options, ultimately acting as the final arbiters for future arts and design productions.

Next Debate - ' Finding a future for the Arts and Environment in Sheffield.
- 31st MAY 2007 6.30 -- 8.30pm @ Sheffield Hallam University, Stoddart .
Building, Room 7138 . Marked at entrance.
The System Has You....
In order for humans to survive, building equitable relationships with the natural environment, we first need to design a sustainable culture. To design a culture we need to change the arts, by re-configuring our art forms to collaborate and amend the rules of our communications systems. The resulting lexicon, iconography and stylistics options created for sustainability, will enable designers from all the other cultural drivers, like ethics, politics, economics, methodologies /science /technology & the environment, to build their own subsystems, into a unified coherent sustainable culture. Using socially agreed and commonly held communication system principles and rules. By designing the rules of our communication systems, the arts create a type of social glue, binding people into a coherent culture. What form this sustainable culture takes is up for discussion. If from the range of options, our society fails to ensure that our artists build a democratically agreed lexicon and stylistic for sustainability, then our dominant scientific culture will have succeeded in appropriating the messages of sustainability. Causing confusion, by attempting to ensure it's continued survival. This attempt at appropriation is easily delivered by creating a communication mismatch, between sustainable message and scientific stylistic, media & cultural context. Negating the message, causing ambiguous communication and social confusion. Fortunately, such survival attempts may be short lived, because our culture is based on unsustainable principles. We have catastrophic flaws within our scientific culture, which if we do not correct, ensure our species will not survive. Ironically, it is also science telling us that greenhouse gasses like carbon dioxide are at such atmospherically dangerous levels, that we have reached a tipping point. Overbalancing our environments equilibrium and causing it to switch from one that supports human and plant life, to one that does not. Estimates of this point of no return vary from 2005 - 2015.
System fa.i..l...u.......

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