These pages are an open Knowledge Base for the craft of Improvisation and Instant Composition.
They are meant to grow like an open source dictionary, with contributors from the whole field of professional improvisers.
The idea is to try and define the basic concepts of improvisation which we can all agree on, whichever art discpline we are coming from. Can we create a vocabulary that is not linked to a specific discipline, and which can be used to talk about improvisation in any context?
At the moment, this knowledge base is housed on the website of the Carpet Sessions (www.instantcomposition.com), which are the interdisciplinary improvisation research sessions that were happening regularly since 2012 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and which have created the first incentive to build this beginning ‘wikipedia of improvisation’. Look at this post to see an overview of the themes that have been covered in those sessions in recent years.
However, the Knowledge Base is intended as an international resource, not centered solely around the improvisation practitioners in the Netherlands and we intend to move the Knowledge Base to it’s own website (www.improvisation.wiki) to give more credit to this vision and the fact that already improvisers from other parts of the world are contributing as well.
The International Interdisciplinary Improvisation Festival (IIIF) that has started in Amsterdam in 2017 as a ‘beta’ edition and is intended as a nomadic, yearly festival of improvisation (next beta editions in September 2018 in London and June 2019 in Gothenborg), is intended as the real-world counterpart of this Knowledge Base. A place where improvisation practitioners meet physically to address the open question: “How to document and reflect on improvisation practices?”
See the pull down menu above or the menu on the right to go to the different sections that have already been created.
Chapters and Entries until now:
Skills and Craftsmenship
Context and (possible) Formal Agreements
Common Ground and Types of Interaction
Structures, Rules and Scores
Time and Duration
Please contribute if you feel you can add definitions/aspects from your own practice that have a value for interdisciplinary work. We can give you acces to create new pages that link to existing ones. You can also contribute by simply writing a comment to the specific subject/page.
Do let yourself be heard if there is anything you read here that you cannot agree to. If that is the case, please provide us with an alternative text that includes your understanding of that aspect of improvisation. The idea is that we gather all relevant information on improvisation methods and concepts, and it is not a problem if it will contain various visions next to each other.
Also in terms of structuring this Knowledge Base, all feedback and comments are welcome.
You can contact us about anything via the contact page.
Have fun reading and contributing!