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Improvisation and embodied knowledge: three artistic projects between life, art and research.

Douglas, Anne; Coessens, Kathleen

Authors

Anne Douglas

Kathleen Coessens



Contributors

Henrick Frisk
Editor

Stefan Östersjö
Editor

Abstract

In life there exists no script. The primacy of experience in the form of 'trying out' or improvisation, a moving from an indefinable and undifferentiated state to feeling our way by creating a direction. In art, improvisation is differently nuanced. As artists, we cast a critical eye on the predetermined structures of social, cultural, material experience while recognising that freedom and constraint are profoundly interrelated. Improvisation in art across cultures is a specific approach to form making that centres the imagination (of creator/performer/spectator) precisely on managing the interplay between freedom and constraint.

Publication Date Dec 31, 2013
Publisher New Publisher Required
Pages 29-41
Book Title (Re)thinking improvisation: artistic explorations and conceptual writing
ISBN 9789197958493
Institution Citation DOUGLAS, A. and COESSENS, K. 2013. Improvisation and embodied knowledge: three artistic projects between life, art and research. In Frisk, H. and Östersjö, S. (eds.) (Re)thinking improvisation: artistic explorations and conceptual writing. Malmö: Lund University, Malmö Academy of Music, pages 29-41.
Keywords Improvisation; Art and society; Art and culture

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