Creativity and Cognition Studios (CCS) is an internationally recognised multi-disciplinary environment for the advancement and understanding of practice in digital media and the arts. It provides nationally and internationally recognised artists and technologists with a space in which to collaborate, experiment and create, as equal partners, in practice-based research .
CCS is committed to disseminating its results internationally through research publications, exhibitions, the co-ordination of an international conference series and through the provision of high quality postgraduate education.
Our research is based upon a belief in the importance of working partnerships and collaborative effort. Collaboration takes place within the University, nationally and internationally. The CCS Partners and Associates constitute an international team of experts who ensure that the research is at the cutting edge in all of its areas of concern. Within the University, our work complements and adds to a strong range of existing research and development in Digital Media and Creative Cultures across three Faculties.
Creativity and Cognition Studios arose from a concern for the intersection of art and technology that Ernest Edmonds and others first developed in the late 1960s. The concern flowered with the instigation of the Creativity and Cognition conference series by Ernest Edmonds and Linda Candy in 1993. C&C is now a regular event in the Association of Computing Machinery’s SIGCHI calendar.
In 1996, a research programme in Creativity and Cognition began at Loughborough University, UK. It was based on artist-in-residence programmes in which action-based research studies of artist and technologist collaborations were conducted. The Candy and Edmonds book, Explorations in Art and Technology, reports on the first few years of this work.
In 2002, the Creativity and Cognition Studios research moved across the world to Sydney and has now re-formed in an enhanced form at the University of Technology, Sydney where it is part of the strategic research development of the University.