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Experiential knowledge and improvisation: variations on movement, motion, emotion. (2012)
Journal Article
DOUGLAS, A. and COESSENS, K. 2012. Experiential knowledge and improvisation: variations on movement, motion, emotion. Art, design and communication in higher education [online], 10(2), pages 179-198. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1386/adch.10.2.179_1

In this paper we position improvisation as a way of knowing that is experiential, pivotal to the body's movement and growth in the world. Improvisation allows us to manage the constraints and freedoms of a world rich in possibilities, associations, a... Read More about Experiential knowledge and improvisation: variations on movement, motion, emotion..

Altering a fixed identity: thinking through improvisation. (2012)
Journal Article
DOUGLAS, A. 2012. Altering a fixed identity: thinking through improvisation. Critical studies in improvisation [online], 8(2), article number 2122. Available from: https://doi.org/10.21083/csieci.v8i2.2122

Replacing artist with player as if adopting an alias is a way of altering a fixed identity. And a changed identity is a principle of mobility, of going from one place to another¦ (Kaprow, Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life 125-6) This paper explo... Read More about Altering a fixed identity: thinking through improvisation..

Inconsistency and contradiction: lessons in improvisation in the work of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison. (2016)
Book Chapter
DOUGLAS, A. and FREMANTLE, C. 2016. Inconsistency and contradiction: lessons in improvisation in the work of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison. In Brady, J. (ed.) Elemental: an arts and ecology reader. Manchester: Gaia Project Press.

The aim of this essay is to draw out the learning from the authors' analysis of the practice of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, collectively known as 'the Harrisons'. The Harrisons are widely acknowledged as eminent ecological artists whose... Read More about Inconsistency and contradiction: lessons in improvisation in the work of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison..

Understanding experimentation as improvisation in arts research. (2015)
Journal Article
DOUGLAS, A. and GULARI, M.N. 2015. Understanding experimentation as improvisation in arts research. Qualitative research journal [online], 15(4), pages 392-403. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1108/QRJ-06-2015-0035

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to address the following questions: in what sense does experimentation as improvisation lead to methodological innovation? What are the implications of artistic experimentation as improvisation for education and... Read More about Understanding experimentation as improvisation in arts research..

Leading through art: exploring action and improvisation. (2014)
Presentation / Conference
DOUGLAS, A. 2014. Leading through art: exploring action and improvisation. Keynote presentation at the Macgeorge fellowship, Centre for creative partnerships, 4 March 2014, Melbourne, Australia.

A keynote such as this raises the expectations of a new beginning to a discourse, of presenting another way of thinking about a shared set of issues. The process of arriving at the focus of the keynote has been collaborative and discursive through a... Read More about Leading through art: exploring action and improvisation..

Practice-led research and improvisation in post modern culture. (2016)
Presentation / Conference
DOUGLAS, A. 2016. Practice-led research and improvisation in post modern culture. Orpheus lecture presented as part of the docARTES: crossing borders programme, 26 February 2016, Ghent, Belgium.

docARTES is an international inter-university doctoral programme for practice-based research in musical arts, designed for musician-researchers. This was an invited Orpheus lecture for the Crossing Borders programme in 2016.

Improvisation and embodied knowledge: three artistic projects between life, art and research. (2013)
Book Chapter
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.

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

Improvisation as experimentation in everyday life and beyond. (2017)
Book Chapter
DOUGLAS, A. and COESSENS, K. 2017. Improvisation as experimentation in everyday life and beyond. In Coessens, K. (ed.) Experimental encounters in music and beyond. Leuven: Leuven University Press [online], pages 159-176. Available from: http://lup.be/products/107961

In this chapter we analyse two interrelated projects across the fields of visual art and music, philosophy and anthropology. Calendar Variations (2010-11) is a visual activity initiated by Anne Douglas, visual artist and researcher. A Day in My Life... Read More about Improvisation as experimentation in everyday life and beyond..