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Creativity-related mobilities of peripheral artists and scientists

Hautala, Johanna, Jauhiainen, Jussi S.
GeoJournal 2019 v.84 no.2 pp. 381-394
arts, case studies, professionals, scientists
Creativity and mobility are often connected but rarely studied from a process perspective. In this article, we study the strategies and practices of creativity-related long- and short-term mobilities during the careers of 61 artists and scientists who live and work in peripheral locations. We identified home-based visiting practices, transnational circulating practices, and local (im)mobility practices that facilitate differently the creative outcomes of these artists and scientists. With this multi-case study on creativity-related mobility, we develop a broader understanding of centres and peripheries from a process perspective. In general, to move forward in their careers, peripherally located artists and scientists need to be in contact with the centre and its key paradigms. The mobilities of studied artists and scientists blur the simplistic division of the world of creativity that is divided into centre and periphery. From creativity-related mobility emerge cores that foster the center’s paradigms and edges that challenge the mainstream of the centre.