Artistic Practice, Methodology, and Subjectivity: The “I Can” as Practical Possibility and Original Consciousness

  • Andreas Georg StascheitEmail author
Part of the Contributions to Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 69)


The verb “to practice” is commonly used in performing arts, particularly in music, to designate the heuristic method aiming at the intended development of new potentialities of performance and the incorporation of new ways and means into one’s repertoire of animate-bodily expression.

The paper sketches an analysis of practicing in the sense of the specific “mode of the ‘I do’” (Edmund Husserl) that provides access to intentionally extending, modifying, or restructuring the “horizon of ability.” Six structural aspects are distinguished: reiteration, variation, dialogue, transformation, simultaneity, and the self-referentiality of practicing as practice of permanent beginning.


Phenomenological Analysis Thematic Focus Continuous Open Task Practical Possibility Slow Tempo 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Advanced Study in the HumanitiesEssenGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Music and MusicologyDortmund UniversityDortmundGermany
  3. 3.Department of Social SciencesDortmund University of Applied Sciences and ArtsDortmundGermany

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