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Artistic Community Knowledge Structure Revealed: A Semantic Network Analysis of ‘La Escocesa’, Barcelona

Working Papers of Centre for German and European Studies (CGES). ISSN 1860-5680. SPbSU, University of Bielefeld, Centre for German and European Studies (CGES), 2013. No. 8.
Nenko A. (., Basov N.
Artists are among the key knowledge-generating actors in the city space,  particularly when they join in collectives. Knowledge creation in artistic groups  goes in constant (re-)interpretation of the essence of art, discussions on the  themes and formats for artworks, continuous interaction during collective  creative processes and the presentation of artworks in the city space. This  study explores the opportunities for semantic network analysis to shed light on  the knowledge structures underlying the creative practices of artistic  communities. Combining a set of quantitative and qualitative techniques, we  study the case of the artistic community “La Escocesa” located in Barcelona,  Spain. To map semantic networks as relations between co-occurring concepts,  texts of semi-structured interviews with the artists are used.1  Interpretation of  the structures is given with regard to the qualitative data collected during a field  study, and links the knowledge structures revealed to the peculiar  characteristics of the creative processes in the community, such as positioning  and identification, format of creative practices, engagement of publics,  community localization in a co-habilitation space and the broader urban  context.