This paper outlines issues concerning collaboration, group behaviour, complexity and organisations with some reference to specific events organised by the 'Embracing Complexity in Design' (ECiD) project of the D21C AHRC and EPSRC UK research Cluster. These events aimed to encourage 'emergence' in transdisciplinary areas dealing with design research, complexity, media art with live or participatory elements and new media. They involved group work in a performative context along with on-line proceedings. The authors' research perspectives in art-design-technology, performance art and collaboration informed the paper, which explores possible prerequisites and conditions that stimulate or inhibit emergent behaviour among groups of creative individuals, drawing upon concepts from the fields of Complexity Theory and the Social Sciences. Suggestions, terse statements, open ends and partial completion are integral to the emerging nature of the research outlined, although a tentative framework is proposed in which to position work observed. Some recommendations are made to provide pointers for further academic and practice-based work.
Author(s): Dave Everitt 1 1, | Alec Robertson 2 2