This panel will focus on the role of creative practices in shaping people's sense of connection to place. It will assess the importance and ethics of creative work with people and places and the way in which such practices respond both to the past and to changing contexts, landscapes and needs.
This panel will focus on the role of creative practices in shaping people's sense of connection to place. Whether through song, visual art or ritual actions, cultural and place identity will be discussed by the speakers as it is (re)produced through living creative traditions. Such practices will be explored as responses to place that are not fixed, but allow an interpretive response to the past, which can be shaped in response to changing contexts, landscapes and human needs, opening up the potential to work across both time and space. However, the creation of place-related practices is not without its ethical dimension and the panel will discuss the validity of ethical concerns about the creative mythologizing of place, for example, looking at concerns about the adoption of indigenous traditions by artists, or the notion of healing one community through working with the mythic themes of another. It will also discuss the sense in which the shaping of lives and places are inherently intertwined, and creative in ways that surpass conventional boundaries between art and life, individual and community. The underlying ethic of the panel will be a concern that such work with place and people needs to be done self-consciously and with an awareness of all the relevant issues, in order to fill a vacuum that may otherwise be filled by discourses re-iterating forms of extremism that suggest that myth is static and rigid, disguising its process-led and humane impetus.