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A large industrial fan is backlit

Unfree Improvisation / Compulsive Freedom

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?

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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?

A recording of this event was subsequently released by Confront and reviewed by Brian Olenwick.

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A large industrial fan is backlit

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

The audience is illuminated by a strong light and hit with wind from the fan

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

The audience is illuminated by a strong light and hit with wind from the fan

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Mattin pops his head up from backstage to check on the proceedings

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Two audience members shield their eyes from the light and wind from the fan

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

A direct shot of a strong light

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

An audience member reads a handout in the foyer

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Audience members read the handout after the performance in a foyer

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

A large industrial fan is backlit

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

The audience is illuminated by a strong light and hit with wind from the fan

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

The audience is illuminated by a strong light and hit with wind from the fan

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Mattin pops his head up from backstage to check on the proceedings

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Two audience members shield their eyes from the light and wind from the fan

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

A direct shot of a strong light

▴ Credit: Bryony McIntyre

An audience member reads a handout in the foyer

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Audience members read the handout after the performance in a foyer

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward