Improvisation and embodied knowledge: three artistic projects between life, art and research.
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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: Malmö Academy of Music, Lund University, 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. 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.