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Thinking Spaces – Plastic Time, Optimistic Criticism
February 26, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pmFree
Thinking Spaces the Improvisation Reading Group and Speaker series presents James Wood.
Many people claim they have no rhythm, and yet they can walk around without a thought. Come to Thinking Spaces to explore your innate musical rhythm and how it can change the way you think about time, energy and life itself.
Feb. 26, 2020, at Silence (46 Essex St, Guelph, ON), 3:30-5pm.
In this Thinking Spaces presentation James Wood will discuss Plastic Time, relating to a practice he calls Optimistic Criticism (OC). The former, in brief, is a method of rhythmic and temporal analysis and notation he is developing after years of frustrations with traditional notation and analytical systems. OC is a description of his general critical approach, which incorporates artistic research and a questioning of institutional biases of justification. This talk will include some performance and hands-on activities.
James Woods is a musician, academic and writer who has performed across the world. He has had poetry published in The Moth, Kindling Journal and The Looking Glass. In 2017 he was shortlisted for the National Poetry Competition. In 2014 he won (with Donkey Zoo) the inaugural Cheltenham Jazz Festival Award. In 2017 he was awarded the Vinson Award from the University of York for academic excellence. He is studying for his PhD at Leiden University and is an affiliate member of ARC (Art_Research_Convergence).