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Durham University




Philosophy of Improv: UG student reports on event

(30 October 2018)

A two-day workshop exploring the philosophy of improvisation in music and other arts was held recently in Newcastle Arts Centre and the Literary and Philosophical Society. 
The event invited improvising musicians, plus practitioners from visual art, architecture, garden design and dance, to explore an ‘aesthetics of imperfection’, an alternative way of considering the value of spontaneous process over final product. It was hosted by Professor of Philosophy at Durham, and associated Music Department member, Andy Hamilton.

Full audio recordings of selected talks are now available here and video clips can be viewed via YouTube.

Second-year Music undergraduate student Elisabet Dijkstra documented the workshop and explores participants’ individual artistic visions of improvisation and spontaneity in a series of commentaries.

Photo courtesy of Lara Pearson