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Voicing the Unforseeable: Improvisation, Social Practice, Collaborative Research

Ajay Heble, Winfried Siemerling

Published: 2010-05-25

In a discussion of the ICASP project and the relationship between improvised music and literary texts, the authors argue that improvised practices, by virtue of their reliance upon collaboration, contain an element of unpredictability with extensive social implications. This aspect of "unforeseeability" in improvised practices is discussed in relation to cultural resistance, multiculturalism, business, and various other social concerns.

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We’ll all be more innovative if we participate in collaborative webs and share more openly. Creativity is always a collaboration and it’s always a form of improvisation, written large in the social world.

– Keith Sawyer