The CreaTures consortium brings together several organisations associated with creative approaches to transformation and sustainability: Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (FI) is the project coordinator and a frontrunner when it comes to artistic and practice-based research, with strong expertise in collaborative and co-creation projects. RMIT Europe (ES) as an extension of RMIT Australia bring considerable expertise in care-full design and engagement and urban transformations. The University of Sussex’s Sustainability Research Programme (UK) is designed to bring together expert interdisciplinary teams to tackle complex sustainability issues and the pilot work behind the CreaTures proposal was undertaken there. Utrecht University (NL) brings expertise on governance processes, pathways to sustainability and the use of simulation games.
Alongside this research expertise in creative approaches to sustainability, the project will work in five main sites (Barcelona, Helsinki, Ljubljana, London, and Seville) through the work of skilled artistic practice led by major arts organisations: Superflux (UK) and Hellon (FI) are design studios doing consulting and commissioning work for private and public organizations. Furtherfield (UK) and Kersnikova (SI) are arts practices that also act as cultural institutions and producers, reaching a wider network of artists located throughout Europe, while ZEMOS98 (ES) is a creative practice organized as a cooperative with extensive networks in activist circles and grassroots projects across Europe. This is complemented by two non-for-profit organizations with special domain knowledge: Sniffer (UK) brings expertise in brokering between creative practitioners and policy makers/implementers and evaluating change processes, and OKFI (FI) focusing on the application and development of open knowledge and systems thinking.
The Scientific Leader of the CreaTures project is Tuuli Mattelmäki (Aalto).
Together and separately, all consortium members have been working across the inter-related domains of care, ecological and social sustainability particularly in urban contexts, and using creative, participatory methods for transformation at scale, ranging from interaction to strategic design. This provides the impetus for CreaTures.