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Mattin & Ray Brassier

Unfree Improvisation / Compulsive Freedom

How do you know what you want? Should freedom be doing what you ought, not doing what you want? How might a philosopher and artist turn this thinking into an enabling condition in the context of noise and improvisation?

How do you know what you want? Increasingly today impulse masquerades as freedom – even as our impulses are conditioned, controlled and manufactured. To believe something is to be committed to believing many other things that rationally follow from it. Couldn’t autonomy be the logical, rational freedom from false choices: should freedom be doing what you ought, not doing what you want? How might a philosopher and artist turn this thinking into an enabling condition in the context of noise and improvisation?

 

This event was subsequently released by Confront and reviewed by Brian Olenwick.

 

 

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  • Unfree Improvisation/Compulsive Freedom Handout

    Extract

    What are the conditions for “free improvisation”?

    We need to get clear on these two concepts: “free” and “improvisation”.