Musical wargames - building cognitive survival skills through mediated improvisation

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To be able to solve unexpected problems quickly – through improvisation – is a valuable survival skill. Such skills are also utilized in aesthetic contexts, such as musical improvisation, where the unpredictable unfolding of ideas and the efforts dealing with them, and (if several musicians are involved) the observed interactions between musicians, are perceived and appreciated empathetically, through the mirror neuron system. From a performers point of view, the ability to ”survive” in such a difficult musical situation is something that definitely can be trained. Given big ears and eyes, and appropriately trained cognitive models of the world we act in, and of the counter-actors, we increase our survival chances. Hence, improvisation is like life. There is no script, only different modes of interaction. If you are not ready to interact on stage, but hold your firm, predetermined views, you will very quickly be deemed uninteresting on stage, because there is no interaction. If you are not ready to interact in life, you will, in the same way, not survive for long.
Period31 Jul 2017
Event titleNSU Summer Symposium
Event typeConference
LocationSaulkrasti, Latvia
Degree of RecognitionInternational