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The Work of Art in Contemporary Japan: Inner and outer worlds of creativity

20 August 2020 - 20 August 2022

Researcher: Dr Iza Kavedžija

Research partners: Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

Funding awarded to Exeter (total funding of £ 202,067)

Sponsor(s): AHRC

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The Work of Art in Contemporary Japan: Inner and outer worlds of creativity

About the research

Being ‘creative’ appears to require two distinct forms of attention: an outward-facing engagement with the world around oneself, including with the work of others and with the materials one employs; and a kind of withdrawal into the self, or into a relatively solitary space characterised by a sense of focus and immersion. This project explores the relationship between these ‘inner’ and ‘outer’ worlds, as mutually entwined dimensions of artistic production, as a way of enlarging our understanding of the nature of creativity and, especially, how experiences and expressions of creativity are shaped and constrained by social, cultural and institutional contexts.