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Working Group: Improvisation and Future

Drawing on the diversity of perspectives offered by the disciplines involved (architecture, cultural studies, European ethnology, musicology, philosophy, and sociology), the working group will explore the intervention potential of different improvisational practices for aesthetic, social, and political visions of the future. Using a broad spectrum of examples that encompass both explicit and implicit improvisational phenomena from the spheres of aesthetics and everyday practice, the discussion will focus on how the characteristic tension between necessary planning and regulation on the one hand and the uncertainty and openness on the other, manifests in the structures, methods, and impacts of specific improvisational practices.

The contact persons for this working group are Eva Backhaus (B01) and Simon Teune (B03).