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 discipline 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?
The International Interdisciplinary Improvisation Festival (What IIIF?) that until now had two ‘beta’ editions in 2017 (Amsterdam) and 2018 (London), is intended as a real-world counterpart of this Knowledge Base; a place where improvisation practitioners meet with each other to address the – maybe impossible – question: “How can we document and reflect on improvisation practices in an interdisciplinary context?”
Next What IIIF? meeting is in May 2019 in Gothenborg (click here for more info)
Use the pull down menu above to go to the different sections that have already been created, or look here below.
Chapters and Entries until now:
Skills and Craftsmanship
Context and (possible) Formal Agreements
Common Ground and Types of Interaction
Structures and Limitations
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 access 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!
At the moment, this knowledge base is housed on the wordpress blog of the former Carpet Sessions were the interdisciplinary improvisation research sessions that were happening regularly from 2012-2017 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 and has elicit interest from many practitioners around the world. We therefore intend to move the Knowledge Base to its own website (www.improvisation.wiki / www,impro.wiki) soon!