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'Bricolage' - A Creative Method

'Bricolage' - A Creative Method

The French word ‘bricolage’ is being used in different fields – in art as well as in biology or cultural studies – to describe processes where in various materials, elements or ideas on hand are used to construct a new whole. The bricoleur wants to create meaning through reassembly, by [re]organizing and weaving meaningful relationships among apparently heterogeneous elements. He seeks, using things and materials available, to preserve and emphasize the qualitative complexity of the world. In this sense, bricolage is connected to a method of working, to a kind of openness to things accidentally surrounding you. An attitude to let the things speak for themselves and to be guided by what these things ‘have to say’, rather then imposing on them an idea or construction. The bricoleur seeks to inhabit the world, not to conquer it with a given strategy. He wants to invest it in order to give it new and challenging meanings. Last year the VAV-department of the Rietveld Academie has made an exhibition on the theme ‘Cinéma de Bricolage’, and they will do so again in Spring 2007. It was the VAV department that proposed this series of lectures in which the concept of ‘bricolage’ will be deepened and it’s relevance to broader fields then art only will be proven . ‘Bricolage’ is in fact closely connected to the idea of creativity.

Series and seminar will be moderated by Jesper Buursink who is writing his thesis on ‘African’ Contemporary Art for his Master Art History at the University of Groningen and he works for W139 in Amsterdam, where this series will be reallised. 

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