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Thinking Spaces – Improvisation Reading Group and Speaker Series 2018

October 25, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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One event on October 25, 2018 at 9:00 am

One event on November 15, 2018 at 3:00 pm

One event on November 30, 2018 at 7:30 pm


The Improvisation Reading Group and Speaker Series considers the ways in which improvisation can provide us with new ways of thinking and acting. Readings may include music, performance, film, academic texts, fiction, etc., based around critical thinking on improvisation. Throughout the academic year, this group also organizes public talks and workshops. Thinking Spaces is open to all—community members, faculty, and students and we welcome new participants at any time throughout the year.

Upcoming Thinking Spaces Events

Nov. 30 (7:30pm -9:30pm): Dawn Matheson
Multi-disciplinary artist Dawn Matheson will be discussing her recent video residency at the 2018 “Musical Improvisation at Land’s End/Coin-du-Banc en folie” where she recorded the dreams dreamt by the participants while at camp and the subsequent “sounded interpretations” of the dreams as performed by improvisers.

A long-time collaborator with IICSI, Dawn has directed participatory projects in video, audio, and performance art for over twenty years, using story as a means to personal truth and community building.

This event will take place at 10C (42 Carden Street), in the 2nd Floor Heritage Room. This event is free and open to the public.

Past Thinking Spaces for the 2018 session

Nov. 15 (3pm): Edgar Landgraf
Writer Edgar Landgraf will be presenting a seminar based on his book Improvisation as Art: Conceptual Changes, Historical Perspectives.
Thinking Spaces will host IICSI researcher Edgar Landgraf for a talk titled “Improvisation and Posthumanism: Liberal, Radical, and Methodological Perspectives.”
Landgraf is Professor of German at Bowling Green State University (Ohio) and the author of Improvisation as Art: Conceptual Challenges, Historical Perspectives. His research interests include German literature, aesthetics, and philosophy from the Enlightenment to today as well as critical improvisation studies, performance studies, systems theory and theories of posthumanism.

IICSI House, 9 University Ave East at the University of Guelph

Download Landgraf the reading here.

Oct. 25 (9:00 am): Jesse Stewart
Award-winning percussionist, Carleton University professor and IICSI researcher Jesse Stewart will be presenting a talk on his practice in musical community engagement, “Improvising Inclusivity: Community Music, Accessibility, and Improvisation,” prior to his Thursday At Noon (TAN) concert.
(Goldschmidt Room, Rm 107, MacKinnon Building)

Oct. 15 (1:00 pm): Yazz Ahmed post-concert talk back
This talk follows the special Monday TAN Concert, at noon in the Goldschmidt Room.
Yazz Ahmed is a British-Bahraini trumpet and flugelhorn player, whose music seeks to blur the lines between jazz, electronic sound design and the music of her mixed heritage.
(Rm 203, MacKinnon Building)


October 25, 2018
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Goldschmidt Rm, MacKinnon 107
MacKinnon Building
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2M7 Canada
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