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Kade L. Twist workshop – “That’s Just Indians Being Indians”

December 3, 2017 - December 9, 2017

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The IICSI and Musagetes are pleased to welcome Kade. L Twist to Guelph as the 2017 Improviser-in-Residence from December 3rd to 9th. During his time in Guelph, Kade will be working with members of the Indian and Indigenous communities to workshop and create a score for a collaborative vocal performance that will premiere at Silence, 46 Essex Street in Guelph on Friday December 8th from 7-9 pm. Tentatively titled “That’s Just Indians Being Indians,” the project is envisioned by Twist as a generative, socially-engaged sound piece. This capstone event for the residency will also feature a book launch and poetry reading for Twist’s new volume, Marginal Equity, published by Publication Studio.

 Marginal Equity is a book-length poem that parodies the form of a corporate/governmental prospectus—complete with opportunity statement, deliverables, and budget—all while exposing their smooth rhetoric, exploitative intentions, and empty promises. Twist’s critique of and unavoidable complicity with capital (in the form of suburbia, beer cans, and minivans) sits powerfully in relation to his knowledge of the land, his Cherokee elders, and all that comes from his own ethical desires. The last line of the poem sums it up beautifully: “this is what / i must do / it is my / ceremony.”

Kade L. Twist is a poet and interdisciplinary artist working with video, sound, interactive media, text, and installation environments. Twist’s work combines re-imagined tribal stories with geopolitical narratives to examine the unresolved tensions between market-driven systems, consumerism, and American Indian cultural self-determination. Mr. Twist is a co-founder of Postcommodity, an interdisciplinary artist collective. With his individual work and the collective Postcommodity, Twist has exhibited work nationally and internationally. Mr. Twist is an Associate Professor of Art and Social Practice at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA. He is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

 

The Call for Participation

In his role as 2017 Improviser-in-Residence, Kade L. Twist is recruiting participants for a project tentatively titled “That’s Just Indians Being Indians.” The Improviser-in-Residence program strives to bring improvising musicians into meaningful contact with the local community, and is a collaborative partnership between the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) and Musagetes.

This project seeks to bring participants of Indigenous and Indian backgrounds together, to collaborate on a generative, socially-engaged sound piece. This is an open call, seeking three Indian performers/participants (South-East Asian Indian) and three Indigenous performers/participants (North American Indigenous). The group will generate a word bank to use in performance, with voice acting as the primary instrument. Performers should be comfortable and confident singers. Using this word bank, conducting, and negotiation, this project will conclude with a final performance, where participants will work collectively in shifting formations to improvise poems in real time.

The commitment will include approximately 10 hours of time (3 workshops of 2-3 hours each and a final performance of approximately 30 minutes) during the week of December 3rd-9th. Performers will receive a $500 honorarium for their participation.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Rachel Collins, Administrative Assistant for the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation ([email protected]) for more details.

2017 Improviser-in-Residence Kade L. Twist is a poet and interdisciplinary artist working with video, sound, interactive media, text, and installation environments. Twist’s work combines re-imagined tribal stories with geopolitical narratives to examine the unresolved tensions between market-driven systems, consumerism, and American Indian cultural self-determination. Mr. Twist is a co-founder of Postcommodity, an interdisciplinary artist collective. With his individual work and the collective Postcommodity, Twist has exhibited work nationally and internationally. In 2017 Postcommodity was included in both the Whitney Biennial and documenta 14. Mr. Twist is a US Artist Klein Fellow for Visual Arts, and Postcommodity have been the recipients of grants and fellowships from the Harpo Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Art Matters, Creative Capital, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Mr. Twist is an Associate Professor of Art and Social Practice at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA.

Download the call for participation (PDF) 

Details

Start:
December 3, 2017
End:
December 9, 2017
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Website:
http://improvisationinstitute.ca/news/cfp-thats-just-indians-indians/

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IICSI

Venue

The IICSI House – 9 University Ave
9 University Ave E
Guelph, Ontario Canada
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Website:
http://improvisationinstitute.ca
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