Concepts are theoretical tools. They “do work” as they carve out phenomena or objects, and propose a perspective on the phenomenon or object thus established. As such, concepts are inherently creative and potentially critical: they provide meaning, establish connections, and generate reflection and perhaps debate.
What in contemporary academic and artistic contexts or in the world at large necessitates the curation of, and with, new or modernized vocabularies? What can be done with concepts and what are the limits of concepting?
The above observations and questions form the starting point for the Creative Concepts workshop. It starts off practically by inviting all participants to partake in a collective concept-building exercise according to a pre-set script. After the exercise, the following discussants will provide reflections on concepting across academia and the arts: Kitty Zijlmans, Lonnie van Brummelen and Femke Herregraven.