Our GIFT to All of Us: GA(Y)AM: Preface

Frank Loeshe, Klara Łucznik


This special issue of AVANT is all about Cognitive Innovation. It is not about CogNovo, the interdisciplinary and international doctoral training programme that produced three different Off the Lip events. It is not about Off the Lip 2017, the novel symposium format we developed to collaboratively create a publication resulting in this special issue of AVANT. It is not about the seemingly heterogeneous collection of papers that follow this preface. Collaborative Approaches to Cognitive Innovation required something else, something we are starting to capture in the four GIFT principles. While this special issue is not solely about CogNovo, Off the Lip events, or the content of the following submissions, all these aforementioned elements were necessary to shape our current understanding of Cognitive Innovation, the very process which led to numerous publications, exhibitions, and events during the past three years. In a sense, all of our previous endeavours have culminated in this collection of 26 distinct pieces of work, yet we hope and believe that this special issue also marks a beginning. Let us explain.

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Blassnigg, M. (2015). Creative mind and evolution in Bergson’s philosophy: The self as technology.

In M. Punt, S. L. Denham, & E. Doove (Eds.), Off the Lip: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Cognitive Innovation: Conference proceedings (pp. 11–20). Plymouth, UK: Plymouth University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/4271

Choi, B. C. K., & Pak, A. W. P. (2006). Multidisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity in health research, services, ducation and policy: 1. Definitions, objectives, and evidence of effectiveness. Clinical and Investigative Medicine, 29(6), 351–364.

Denham, S. L. (2014). Marie meets Leonardo: A perfect match? Leonardo, 47(3). doi:10.1162/leon_a_00707.

Denham, S. L., & Punt M. (2017). Abstract of “Cognitive Innovation: A view from the Bridge.”

Leonardo, 50(2), 184–185. doi:10.1162/leon_a_01386.

Maranan, D. S., Loesche F., & Denham, S. L. (2015). CogNovo: Cognitive Innovation for technological, artistic, and social domains. In Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/5076


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