This is the online knowledge base of WhatIIIF? which is meant to grow like an open source dictionary of improvisation principles, to which any improviser from any discipline can contribute.

Find above left a pull-down menu or here in the right side column further down the Table of Contents – all the dictionary pages that have been created up to this point.

The idea is to try and define the aspects of improvisation performance which we all have to deal with, 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?

Using and working on this Knowledge Base is open to everyone, but we develop it specifically with the evolving group of artists gathering around WhatIIIF? – the International Interdisciplinary Improvisation Festival, which had five editions until now: 2017 in Amsterdam, 2018 in London, 2019 in Gothenborg, 2020 online – Nowhere and Everywhere and 2021 in Berlin.
The festival is intended as the real-world counterpart of this Knowledge Base and vice-versa; a place where improvisation practitioners meet with each other to address the – maybe impossible – question:

“How can we document improvisation and reflect on improvisation practices in an interdisciplinary context?”

More information about WhatIIIF? – click here

Please contribute to this Knowledge Base if you feel you can add things 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.

If there is anything you read here that you cannot agree to, 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 of different people next to each other.

Also about structuring this Knowledge Base in a different way, all feedback and comments are welcome.

You can contact us about anything via the contact page.

Have fun reading and contributing!

PS: At the moment, this Knowledge Base is hosted on the wordpress blog of the former Carpet Sessions. These were the 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 interdisciplinary improvisation’. Look at this post to see an overview of the themes that have been covered in those sessions within one season.

Until we have funds for better digital infrastructure, both and will redirect to this website url.

images on this page: WhatIIIF Berlin 2021, foto and edit: Deniza Dikova


2 thoughts on “

  1. Greetings from European Intuitive Music Conference! We work on the same thing… meeting other improvisors sets a lot of energy free…

    Posted by Carl Bergstroem-Nielsen | May 8, 2019, 15:48
  2. … and Greetings from bibliographic research into improvisation…

    Posted by Carl Bergstroem-Nielsen | May 8, 2019, 16:27

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