Creative Tools and the Softwarization of Cultural Production (2024)


SKU: 9783031456923
Editor: Lesage, Frédérik Terren, Michael
Publication Date: 01/18/2024
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Binding: Hardcover
Media: Book
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This book explores how creativity is increasingly designed, marketed, and produced with digital products and services — a process referred to as softwarization. If ‘being creative’ has developed into one of the paradigmatic architectures of power for framing the contemporary subject, then an essential component of this architecture involves its material and symbolic configuration through tools. From image editors to digital audio workstations, video editors to game engines, these modern tools are used by creatives every day, and mastering these increasingly complex technologies is now a near-compulsory pathway to creative work. Despite their ubiquity in cultural production, few have sought to theorize them in aggregate and with interdisciplinary breadth.

By bringing disparate creative and methodological traditions in one volume, this book provides a comprehensive overview of approaches for understanding this complex, emerging, and dynamic field that speaks beyond the disciplinary categories of ‘tool, ‘ ‘instrument, ‘ and/or ‘software’. It makes a unique intervention in the fields of cultural production and the cultural and creative industries.