IIIc., Forgetfulness as a Critical Tool

If we use this map in order to articulate ourselves as we engage in an artistic method of playing and replaying from memory, we can use the analytic space in between playing and replaying with awareness of the fact that the forgetfulness, which is intrinsic to improvisation and the narrative language with which we form our experiences of playing, can itself be questioned according to norms of form, i.e., aesthetics, tradition, and ontology, and thus subvert them.

In summary, within our research project, forgetfulness is intrinsic to our supplementary linguistic analyses of musical improvisation, and we evaluate our replayed improvisation according to subjectively biased narratives formed by inapt memories on which norms of evaluative criteria are based.

In contemporary civilization where everything is standardized and where everything is repeated, the whole point is to forget in the space between an object and its duplication. If we didn't have this power of forgetfulness, if art today didn't help us to forget, we would be submerged, drowned under those avalanches of rigorously identical objects (For the Birds, 1981).  -John Cage