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What is Social Aesthetics?

Peter Blouw

Published: 2010-08-25

This article briefly summarizes the branch of philosophy concerned with the value and meaning of artworks. It defines social aesthetics as a rich and developing field guided by a number of questions crossing disciplines, and it puts social aesthetics into the context of musical improvisation and ICASP research.

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...the innovative working models of improvisation developed by creative practitioners have helped to promote a dynamic exchange of cultural forms, and to encourage new, socially responsive forms of community building across national, cultural, and artistic boundaries.

– Ajay Heble