CHRIS FREMANTLE

Audiences and … pt5

Posted in Audiences and by chrisfremantle on June 7, 2019

This thread records bit and pieces that seem relevant to thinking about the complexity and many dimensions of art in the world.

Although my colleague Anne Douglas might ask for a tougher and more careful articulation of the ways in which improvisation is operating here, Francois Matarasso’s piece is a pretty good articulation of what we know to be possible and opens up what he means by Community Art pretty effectively.

Community art is improvisation

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What art have I seen? Gray’s Graduates in Residence

Posted in Exhibitions by chrisfremantle on March 25, 2016

They’ve called it Only the improvisation remains constant, a quote from the Harrisons

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This is a detail of one of Tako Taal’s works.

imagivation – drewwylie.net

Posted in Civics, Texts by chrisfremantle on June 3, 2015

Andrew Ormston recently blogged on the two types of innovation and the need for a theory of innovation that is more than just positivistic is very provocative.  It resonates with Elizabeth Hallam and Tim Ingold’s observation that innovation can only be identified in retrospect, and that in the ‘now’ we are actually improvising.  It also resonates with the work of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, who for 50 years have been making works about places.  They say,

We hold that every place is telling the story of its own becoming, which is another way of saying that it is continually creating its own history and we join that conversation of place.

All of this requires at least a concept of ‘responsible innovation’ if not a much deeper discussion of the stories we want to tell of our futures.  Andrew’s blog is here: imagivation – drewwylie.net.

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