The creative research cycle comprises the various activities in the creative process and the connected generative research. The goal is to continually generate knowledge and share it with other makers and with education.

Creative research cycle

The creative research cycle has been developed in collaboration with the creative research groups at HKU: groups of makers, maker-lecturers and maker-students. First, they are trained to conduct this type of creative research. They try out various forms of distancing and processing knowledge. They also practice forms of knowledge forming and sharing and learn to assess the value that their knowledge may have for others. When group members are inspired to use a certain way of working, they will transform it by adapting it to their own ways of working and the contexts in which they operate. Later this transformed way of working is compared with the 'original' (inspirational) one.

One of the forms we use to create distance from practice is the makers’ dialogue, which uncovers the makers’ knowledge. Makers process this knowledge into makers' stories, choosing significant passages or experimenting with various representations, and pre­sent them to one another. Sub­sequently, the creative research group starts on their own creative research.

Here, too, they work on forms of taking distance and pro­cessing and ways of sharing know­ledge effectively. In this way, we work together on continually generating knowledge and finding forms for sharing it, for new and other practices and for education.

“You can only say something about a part if you have sensed it in the whole”.

- Wessel Oltheten, music producer and lecturer, creative research group HKU Music Technology