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[email protected] 2019 Colloquium
June 22, 2019 - June 23, 2019
Agile Futures: Approaching Improvisation
Saturday, June 22 – Sunday, June 23, 2019
Western Front, 303 East 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5T 1S1
Free and open to the public
The IICSI and Coastal Jazz present our eleventh colloquium in Vancouver, British Columbia—Agile Futures: Approaching Improvisation. The colloquium takes place during the opening weekend of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival at the Western Front, one of Canada’s leading artist-run centres for contemporary art and new music. The colloquium will feature keynote addresses and artist talks by world-renowned improvisers who are performing at the festival: Darius Jones, Mats Gustafsson, Meredith Bates, and Jing Xia. There will be a free public screening of The Invaders, with filmmaker John B. Smith and musician Arish A. Kahn to present and discuss the film.
Presentations and performances may engage with questions like these: In a world marked by social and cultural exhaustion, what can the improvising arts and activism contribute to the realization of hopeful futures? How do theatrical, musical and artistic practices of improvisation offer new and alternative forms of creative knowledge? How does improvisation enable responsive and responsible agility? What are the intersections of improvisation with speculative fiction or with Afro-futurisms or with experimental art-forms? How can improvisation enliven or challenge various forms of composition and performance, and contribute to an enhanced sense of awareness? Can improvising help us engage with nascent communities or public initiatives or counter-publics? How can improvisers push back at injustice or advocate for human rights? How can better, transformative and diverse futures be imagined from our immediate unruly present?
IICSI-UBC acknowledges that this colloquium takes place on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples: we are deeply grateful for their ongoing welcome.