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Relational Aesthetics

Peter Blouw

Published: 2010-03-19

As an introduction to the concept of relational aesthetics, this paper considers improvisation as a form of relational art and examines a number of arguments both for and against the social value of an aesthetics that privileges practices over products.

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Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.