Although creativity is universally postulated, practiced at various workshops and trainings, not all of its kinds are recognised and remunerated. Why are specific practices considered creative and therefore salaried? Can complex strategies of survival, elaborated by those who fell out of the job market, be understood in terms of creativity? Can the categories derived from neoliberal discourse be applied to the experience of people who found themselves beyond its field of vision. Can the notion of creativity be recovered for social critique? Does it still have a subversive potential, in which many would like to believe? These are the topics for our debate, based on ethnographic writings by Tomasz Rakowski, among others.
Tomasz Rakowski, 'Łowcy, zbieracze, praktycy niemocy. Etnografia człowieka zdegradowanego' , słowo/obraz/terytoria, Gdansk: 2009, chapter: 'Wałbrzych - Boguszów-Gorce', pp.125-242