Improvisation as embodied knowledge in artistic practice

Anne Douglas, Kathleen Coessens


2010 - 2013

By understanding the different stages of its creation, we aim at the articulation of improvisation in arts that draws on the writings of artists (Cage, Harrisons, Kandinsky, Kaprow, Klee, Kurtag) as well as anthropologists and cultural theorists (Hallam & Ingold, Merleau-Ponty, Husserl). The human capacity of improvisation is a precondition for experimentation, as this capacity expects a flexibility and adaptation towards unexpected situations. We will inquire into the subtle move from improvisation towards experimentation, when unexpectedness does not happen by chance but is searched for by the artist.