Art and Social Change: The Role of Creativity and Wonder

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)


This chapter explores the relationship between creativity and social change with a particular focus on public, participatory, and interactive forms of art. I argue that creativity and the experience of wonder hold the key to unpacking this complex relationship. Following the perspectival model of this phenomenon, I start from the premise that creative action essentially involves generating new perspectives on a given reality. By placing these perspectives in dialogue, a space of reflexivity emerges whereby reality appears as essentially multiple and open to change. The awareness of the possible and engagement with it defines the experience of wonder. And it is collective wondering that makes social change thinkable and, thus, ultimately achievable.


Wonderful Collection activismActivism Social movementsSocial Movements Cognitive Liberation Graffiti 
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWebster UniversityGenevaSwitzerland

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