Seminar Report: Not fewer resources, but different: Creative responses to practice and research during Covid-19
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Bianchi, V., Mastrominico, B. and Schrag, A. (2022) ‘Seminar Report: Not fewer resources, but different: Creative responses to practice and research during Covid-19’, Scottish Journal of Performance, 7(1), pp. 115–128. Available at: https://doi.org/10.14439/sjop.2022.0701.08.
The cultural and creative industries have been one of the hardest-hit by the international Covid-19 pandemic. In the wake of this seismic shift, there has been a proliferation of events and publications exploring how artists have responded to living and working in a pandemic. There exists a sense of lamenting those things that seem lost or, at the very least, placed on pause. However, while Covid-19 has undoubtedly had a lasting impact on practitioners, the temporary digitisation of artistic practice has resulted in new possibilities for practice and national / international collaboration. It was this sense of possibility that was the focus of a seminar series recently held at Queen Margaret University, which forefronted the potential positive adaptations within practice research due to Covid-19. Certainly, the cultural and creative domains have been significantly impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, but the series aimed to argue that creative practitioners are experts in exploring new ways of thinking and being and suggested that in these difficult times we don't have fewer resources; rather we have different resources. The central thrust of these seminars, therefore, was to reflect on positive changes to practice.