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Author Smith, Hazel, 1950-

Title Improvisation, hypermedia, and the arts since 1945 / Hazel Smith and Roger T. Dean
Published Amsterdam, The Netherlands : Harwood Academic Publishers, [1997]


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 MELB  792.028 Smi/Iha  AVAILABLE
Description xiii, 334 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Series Performing arts studies ; v. 4
Performing arts studies ; v. 4
Contents Sect. I. The Nature of Improvisation. 1. Introduction. 2. Improv(is)ing the Definitions -- Sect. II. Elements of Improvisation. 3. Environments for Improvisation. 4. Improvisation in Monomedia. 1: Sound and Word. 5. Improvisation in Monomedia. 2: Visual and Body -- Sect. III. Combining Media in Improvisation. 6. Improvisation in Bimedia. 1: Sound/Word; Sound/Visual; Sound/Body. 7. Improvisation in Bimedia. 2: Word/Visual; Word/Body; Visual/Body. 8. Improvisation in Polymedia. 9. Improvisation and Postmodernism in Architecture. 10. Computers and Improvisation. App. 1. A Space for Improvisors -- App. 2. Other Uses of Improvisation -- App. 3. Some Software for Improvisors -- App. 4. The Questionnaire and Interviews
Summary In presenting their comprehensive definition of improvisation, the authors consider developments in improvisation in the arts since 1945 by particularly emphasising process and technique and by featuring artists in all media, from Grotowski and Laurie Anderson to Goldsworthy. Their approach is analytical and theoretical, but it is also relevant to practitioners and their audience. For Smith and Dean improvisation has been of great importance and value in the contemporary arts because of its potential to develop new forms, often by breaking existing definitions: indeed they see hypermedia and interactive technologies as playing a key role in dissolving the audience/creator separation which exists especially in Western society, though often less in other cultures
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [281]-305) and index
Subject Arts -- Interactive multimedia.
Improvisation (Acting)
Improvisation (Acting) -- History -- 20th century.
Improvisation (Music)
Improvisation (Music) -- History and criticism -- 20th century.
Improvisation (Music) -- History -- 20th century.
Improvisation in art.
Improvisation in dance -- History -- 20th century.
Technology and the arts.
Author Dean, R. T.
LC no. 99526587
ISBN 371865878X
3718658887 (paper)