Improvisation Karaoke is a participatory video-installation, where the viewer becomes a central part of the installation. Karaoke in Japanese means literally empty orchestra. It is a form of interactive entertainment or video game in which an amateur singer sings along with recorded music (a music video) using a microphone and public address system. The music is typically an instrumental version of a well-known popular song. Lyrics are usually displayed on a video screen, along with a moving symbol, changing color, or music video images, to guide the singer. In Finland karaoke is a very popular cultural activity, where usually drunk individuals end up at karaoke bars at night. While in the act of singing, no one really pays attention to the lyrics of the song anymore. Because karaoke amongst things also causes boundaries, not many people dare to go on stage without alcohol and not a lot of people are keen on making any mistakes. Without realizing what they are singing, this installation can act as a critical approach to re-think own cultural habits and norms. The lyrics are written from my own perspective and what in my perspective are seen as third world problems, put in a cheesy improvised soundtrack made out of online found samples. The viewer doesn't have to follow the lyrics, because the song is not a real one, he can also just make up his own version. Everything in improvisation karaoke goes. Improvisation karaoke is apart from a critical way to rethink one's own perspectives, a fun way to bring people together and let them enjoy karaoke. As both lyrics and music are made up, the performer is always right and can give his own interpretation to the song.

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