Scrap Yard Challenge—Junkyard Wars

in The Philosophy of Improvisation

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780226662787
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226662800 | DOI:
Scrap Yard Challenge—Junkyard Wars

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This chapter presents a discussion on free-improvisation. All improvisors must face the demand for a work from within the confines of a limited material universe. It then describes Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's aesthetics where art is conceived as one subsidiary but necessary stage of Spirit's self-actualization. Within Hegel's world-historical phenomenology aesthetic self-recognition is obtained, thus constituting one moment of Spirit's self-actualization: self-conscious externality. The scrap yard challenge for the improvisor is to create something new within the decaying site of the old. The scrap yard challenge offers one final insight into improvisation that is easy to overlook: it concerns the nature of scrap itself. Success for the scrap yard improvisors depend on the ability to find new and novel ways of inhabiting the old and revivifying dead forms through a productive process of reappropriation that promotes improvisation more as a means of salvation and redemption than of creation: re-novation.

Keywords: free-improvisation; Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel; self-actualization; scrap yard challenge; scrap yard improvisors

Chapter.  4335 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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