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Improvisation: Autonomy, Heteronomy and Wilful Naïveté

Lambert, Ian


Ian Lambert


This paper discusses theoretical perspectives on improvisation as a powerful generator of new knowledge in practice-based research and its enhancement through wilful naïveté. The paper discusses a wilfully naïve approach to making with reference to Ingold's morphogeneticism (making as a process of growth; 2009, pp.21-22), and Peters' (2009) balance of autonomy and heteronomy in the passage of creativity. The sandcasting as a making process was a new field of practice chosen deliberately to help avoid the effect of entrenched practices on the process of growth. The paper discuss new theoretical insights with reference to his experimental work and the influence of others, i.e. a heteronymous lineage of practice. As an auto-ethnographic heuristic making enquiry, the author writes of their work and practice in the first person.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name EKSIG 2019: Knowing Together – experiential knowledge and collaboration
Start Date Sep 23, 2019
End Date Sep 24, 2019
Acceptance Date Jul 18, 2019
Publication Date 2019
Deposit Date Aug 22, 2019
Publicly Available Date Aug 22, 2019
Book Title EKSIG 2019 Knowing Together — experiential knowledge and collaboration Conference Proceedings of International Conference 2019 of the DRS Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge
ISBN 978-9949-594-82-5
Keywords Improvisation; making-as-growth; autonomy; heteronomy; wilful naïveté
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