Introduction to: Arts, Research, Innovation, and Society (ARIS)
Creativity in general and the arts in particular are increasingly recognized as drivers of cultural, economic, political, social, and scientific innovation and development. The title of this first book and the title of the whole book series are identical. This should underline the character and intent of the first book, which is to explore in an open approach the possible, promising, creative, and innovative themes that align with ARIS (Arts, Research, Innovation, and Society). The first volume of the book series consists of fourteen individual chapter contributions, plus the introduction and conclusion. In reference to the structure and form of the chapters, the chapters were not standardized, with the only exception that abstracts and key words were provided to all chapters. Experimenting with content as well as form (structure) will reveal the goal of the ARIS series, namely to explore and to pioneer new grounds at the evolving frontier of knowledge, learning and research across the disciplines. New knowledge should be created and produced in interdisciplinary and in fact trans-disciplinary arrangements and networks (“agglomerations of knowledge”). ARIS aims to provide further input for the international and global discourse on those themes, topics and issues that define the intellectual core of the ARIS project.