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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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...partly because I know that’s the only way that we could solve a creative problem [using improvisation with children ranging in abilities] and what doesn’t work is trying to impose a template on the students who are not able to respond to that template.

– Pauline Oliveros (in working with Abilities First)