Collective Improvisation

Clare M. Cooper

Abstract


Collective improvisation as a creative practice is intensely social, trusting, unpopular, anti-hierarchical and, for these reasons, political. Cooper describes the risks and rich rewards of improvising with fellow artists and identifies the parallels between improvising ensembles of musicians in Australia with the collectively painted protest banners of the Taring Padi Collective in Indonesia after a brief visit to Jogjakarta.


Keywords


Improvisation; Indonesia; Collectives; participation; collectivity; experimental art

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5130/portal.v13i2.5048