Creativity and Ecoscenography in the Global Science Opera
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This thesis looks at how the creative process is influenced by the implementation of sustainable design in education. Working with an interdisciplinary collaboration between science and arts in the Global Science Opera initiative (GSO), students were introduced to Ecoscenography when creating the visual frames for the opera. The theory of Wise Humanizing Creativity allowed an assessment of the creativity displayed during interventions, recognizing students “journeys of becoming” trough their creative process. This journey describes the relationship between the creator and his creation, and can be compared to the Ecoscenography trajectory, where the gradual immerging knowledge of sustainable ecology influences the involvement. The participating students expressed concern over the increasing manmade ecological challenges that will influence their future. This concern may have enhanced their engagement in the workshops, as findings reveal that the implementation of Ecoscenography into the GSO may appear to increase creativity. It appears that the combination of Ecoscenography, creativity and the GSO strengthen each other in this educational intervention. Ecoscenography acts as a bridge between science and arts, as knowledge from both areas are essential for a successful sustainable design. Furthermore it appears to engage the students in it´s transferability into other areas of their lives, they expressed appreciation over being presented with the “tools” of eco design. This engagement was probably what sparked their creativity to reach further than their skill-levels would indicate. The eco creative process and the wise humanizing creative process have in common working towards a higher goal: that of a common good for all life. The research is structured through the Educational Design Research methodology, with iterative fieldwork on three continents. Based on the executed study, guidelines for how to conduct a GSO Ecoscenography workshop have been developed. Building blocks of theoretical information may contribute to the further research of interdisciplinary educational initiatives like the GSO.