Networked Music Improvisation: A Common Rhythm for Art and Science.


In a context of isolation of different knowledge, simultaneous online music improvisation reestablishes a sense of justice synthesizing equanimous “points of view” in a unique experience called the “moment of hearing”. This is the outcome of intending to hear and perform in a common pulse that replaces the sense of touch in technologically mediated communication. The ethical-aesthetic meaning of online improvisation is finding a way of a planetary play-together. This exercises the virtue of "having tact" to follow someone else's rhythm, being “just” with a distant heartbeat. Online improvisation resembles neuronal networks in their way of incorporating the outside world as a game whose only rule is to build up synchronisation having tact of a self reflexion that is given in the rhythm of another. This resembles Aristotle’s idea of transcendental intelligence: “And thought thinks on itself because it shares the object of thought; for it becomes an object of thought in coming into contact with and thinking its object, so that thought and the object of thought are the same” (Metaphysics, Lambda 7) Networked music improvisation contributes to justice providing this “sameness” from the opposite side of what is foreseen, the providence of the law that is planed. This simultaneous bidirectional relationship of subject and object opens an ineludible necessity of interaction of art and sciences. The presentation refers to three online music, video and dance improvisations representing how in the “moment of hearing”, body and rhythm offer new dimensions of understanding reality.

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Rolando Cori, Universidad de Chile, Chile

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Conference: ECAH2016
Stream: Arts - Media Arts Practices: Television, Multimedia, Digital, Online and Other New Media

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