How do you picture identity? What happens when you ask individuals to make visual representations of their own identities, influences, and relationships? Drawing upon an array of disciplines from neuroscience to philosophy, and art to social theory, David Gauntlett explores the ways in which researchers can embrace people's everyday creativity in order to understand social experience. Seeking an alternative to traditional interviews and focus groups, he outlines studies in which people have been asked to make visual things - such as video, collage, and drawing - and then interpret them. This leads to an innovative project in which Gauntlett asked people to build metaphorical models of their identities in Lego. This creative reflective method provides insights into how individuals present themselves, understand their own life story, and connect with the social world. "Creative Explorations" is a lively, readable and original discussion of identities, media influences, and creativity, which will be of interest to both students and academics.
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David Gauntlett is a professor in the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster, UK. His teaching and research is about self-initiated everyday creativity, and cultures of making and sharing. He is the author of several books, including Creative Explorations (Routledge), Making Is Connecting (Polity), and Making Media Studies (Peter Lang, will be published in 2015). He has worked with a number of the world's leading creative organizations, including the BBC, the British Library, and Tate. For almost a decade he has worked with the LEGO Group on innovation in creativity, play, and learning.