Free Play: Improvisation In Life And Art

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Free Play: Improvisation In Life And Art

by Stephen Nachmanovitch

Penguin Publishing Group | May 1, 1991 | Trade Paperback

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Free Play is about the inner sources of spontaneous creation. It is about where art in the widest sense comes from. It is about why we create and what we learn when we do. It is about the flow of unhindered creative energy: the joy of making art in all its varied forms.

Free Play is directed toward people in any field who want to contact, honor, and strengthen their own creative powers. It integrates material from a wide variety of sources among the arts, sciences, and spiritual traditions of humanity. Filled with unusual quotes, amusing and illuminating anecdotes, and original metaphors, it reveals how inspiration arises within us, how that inspiration may be blocked, derailed or obscured by certain unavoidable facts of life, and how finally it can be liberated - how we can be liberated - to speak or sing, write or paint, dance or play, with our own authentic voice.

The whole enterprise of improvisation in life and art, of recovering free play and awakening creativity, is about being true to ourselves and our visions. It brings us into direct, active contact with boundless creative energies that we may not even know we had.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.99 × 4.99 × 0.61 in

Published: May 1, 1991

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0874776317

ISBN - 13: 9780874776317

Found in: Art Technique, Art Technique, Art Technique, Religion and Spirituality
Appropriate for ages: 14

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Free Play: Improvisation In Life And Art

by Stephen Nachmanovitch

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.99 × 4.99 × 0.61 in

Published: May 1, 1991

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0874776317

ISBN - 13: 9780874776317

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Table of Contents   Title Page Copyright Page Epigraph Acknowledgements Introduction   The Sources Inspiration and Time’s Flow The Vehicle The Stream The Muse Mind at Play Disappearing   The Work Sex and Violins Practice The Power of Limits The Power of Mistakes Playing Together Form Unfolding   Obstacles and Openings Childhood’s End Vicious Circles The Judging Spectre Surrender Patience Ripening   The Fruits Eros and Creation Quality Art for Life’s Sake Heartbreakthrough   Notes Bibliography Illustrations About the Author Most Tarcher/Putnam books are available at special quantity discounts for bulk purchases for sales promotions, premiums, fund-raising, and educational needs. Special books or book excerpts also can be created to fit specific needs. For details, write Putnam Special Markets 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014     Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam a member of Penguin Putnam Inc. 375 Hudson Street New York, NY 10014 www.penguinputnam.com The author thanks the following for their permission to reprint from copyrighted works.   Constance Crown, for Hands by Rico Lebrun. Walter Gruen, for Musica Solar by Remedios Varo. Ben Berzinsky, for his photograph of a Carlo Bergonzi violin, c. 1770. Grateful thanks to the late Arnold Fawcus of the Trianon Press, Paris, for permission to photograph his magnificent William Blake books. Artist Rights Society, Inc., for Two Children Drawing and Dawn Song by Pablo Picasso.
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Table of Contents

Free PlayPrologue: A New Flute
Introduction

The Sources
Inspiration and Time''s Flow
The Vehicle
The Stream
The Muse
Mind at Play
Disappearing

The Work
Sex and ViolinsPractice
The Power of Limits
The Power of Mistakes
Playing Together
Form Unfolding

Obstacles and Openings
Childhood''s End
Vicious Circles
The Judging Spectre
Surrender
Patience
Ripening

The Fruits
Eros and Creation
Quality
Art for Life''s Sake
Heartbreakthrough

Notes
Bibliography
Illustrations

From the Publisher

Free Play is about the inner sources of spontaneous creation. It is about where art in the widest sense comes from. It is about why we create and what we learn when we do. It is about the flow of unhindered creative energy: the joy of making art in all its varied forms.

Free Play is directed toward people in any field who want to contact, honor, and strengthen their own creative powers. It integrates material from a wide variety of sources among the arts, sciences, and spiritual traditions of humanity. Filled with unusual quotes, amusing and illuminating anecdotes, and original metaphors, it reveals how inspiration arises within us, how that inspiration may be blocked, derailed or obscured by certain unavoidable facts of life, and how finally it can be liberated - how we can be liberated - to speak or sing, write or paint, dance or play, with our own authentic voice.

The whole enterprise of improvisation in life and art, of recovering free play and awakening creativity, is about being true to ourselves and our visions. It brings us into direct, active contact with boundless creative energies that we may not even know we had.

About the Author

Stephen Nachmanovitch is a musician, author, computer artist, and educator. He is an improvisational violinist, and writes and teaches about improvisation, creativity, and systems approaches in many fields of activity

Editorial Reviews

"Stephen Nachmanovitch has produced a celebration of human uniqueness. What it amounts to is a guide for gettingthe most out of whatever is possible"
—Norman Cousins, author of The Anatomy of an Illness

"This is an unusually intense, packed, thought-through book on the most difficult subject in the world: mystic creativity. If you wantto be intellectually informed about how people actually craete things, then you should read it at least once."
—Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

"Would that Free Play found its way into every school, office, hospital, and factory. It is a most exciting book and a most important one."
—Yehudi Menuhin, violinist

"Nachmanovitch tells it like it is in the most important book on improvisation I''ve yet seen."
—Keith Jarrett, pianist

"Free Play is a superb guide for anyone who aspires to create, whatever medium."
—New Woman

"This book is important not only because it delves into the creative process, but also because Nachmanovitch creates the opportunity for the reader to get in touch with her/his own creative possibilities and abilities."
—Harvard Educational Review
 

Appropriate for ages: 14