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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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Listening itself, an improvisative act engaged in by everyone, announces a practice of active engagement with the world, where we sift, interpret, store and forget, in parallel with action and fundamentally articulated with it ("Mobilitas Animi" 113).

– George E. Lewis