Thinking Spaces: The Improvisation Reading Group and Speaker Series
The Improvisation Reading Group and Speaker Series, Thinking Spaces, considers the ways in which improvisation can provide us with new ways of thinking and acting. Throughout the year, this group organizes public talks, workshops, special events, and concerts, as well as reading sessions that may include music, performance, film, academic texts, fiction, etc., based around critical thinking on improvisation. Readings are circulated in advance, and may also include short informal presentations by current IICSI students, artists or community groups.
This group is open to all—community members, faculty, and students. We welcome new participants at any time throughout the year. Please contact us for more information or to be added to our mailing list.
Schedule of Current Events:
See below for an archive of past events.
Thinking Spaces Archive
2022 – 2023
- October 25, 2022: Phil Mullen, Improvisation, devising, songwriting and creativity in inclusive musical education
- November 2, 2022: Hilary Bradbury, Action Research Transformation: Liberating the Spirit of Yes/And at a Time of Eco-Social Crisis
- November 16, 2022: Eric Lewis, Improvising the Archive: Medea Electronique’s Archive of Digital Art
- January 18, 2023: Darren O’Donnell, Chance as Co-Director: Working with the Whims of Children
- February 8, 2023: Joanne O’Meara and Shoshanah Jacobs, “Improv for Scientists”
- March 6, 2023: Rashida K. Braggs, “Black Women Who Move Jazz Methodologies”
- March 15, 2023: Rebecca Barnstaple, “Fidelity for the Irreplicable: Improvisation in Dance and Health Research”
- March 29, 2023: Marsha Hinds, “Improvisation, Plantation Societies and Difficult Conversations”
Winter 2022 Sessions
- February 25, 2022: Catharine Cary, The Upside Down Protocol
- March 25, 2022: Aruna Antonella Handa, Untitled, or, How Free is Free Anyway?
- April 21, 2022: Ellen Waterman and Ajay Heble in conversation, Why Music Festivals Now?
2020 – 2021
- April 23, 2021: Harald Kisiedu, Living Ball of Fire: Peter Brötzmann, Black Experimentalism, and Politics in 1960s West Germany
- Apr. 9, 2021: Roger Dean, AI and Improvisation: Virtual Improvisers, Virtual Pianos
- Mar. 26, 2021: Dhruv Jani from Studio Oleomingus, The Concentric Fictions of a Generous History: Hypertext and Other Annotations to Memory
- Mar. 12, 2021: Jessica Bissett Perea, Improvising Indigeneity
- Feb. 26, 2021: Taiwo Afolabi, Ethical Questioning in Research: Insight from an Applied Theatre Project
- Feb. 12, 2021: Raven Chacon and Candice Hopkins, “Dispatch”.
- Dec. 18, 2020: Interactive Improvisation in Times of Isolation project, Improvising and Listening
- Dec. 4, 2020: Dong-Won Kim, Time To Plant Seed
- Nov. 20, 2020: Joni NehRita, LOVE + PROTEST
- Nov.6, 2020: Joel Bakan
- Oct. 23, 2020: George Lipsitz, Insubordinate Spaces: Why Improvisation and Accompaniment Matter Now
2019 – 2020
- Sept 27, 2019: Erin Felepchuk, Ben Finley, David Lane, Brent Rowan, Carey West, and Reza Yazdanpanah, Summer Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation: Showcasing Research & Lessons Learned.
- Oct 9, 2019: Benjamin Mayer-Foulkes – Improvisation as institution: the post-University
- Oct 18, 2019: Dong-Won Kim, The Nature of Improvisation From a Korean Traditional Music Perspective
- Nov. 15, 2019: Drs. Daniel and Irene Oore, Listening and Telling about Listening and Telling
- Nov.22, 2019: Lisa Sandlos, Jashen Edwards and Carey West, Improvising Bodies: Sounding Creative Critical practices in Education
- Nov. 29, 2019: Stacey Bliss, Improvising Through Non-mindful Moments
- Jan. 31, 2020, James Harley, Collaborational Issues Between Improvisers & Composers
- Feb. 26, 2020, James Wood, Plastic Time, Optimistic Criticism
- Mar. 12, 2020, Eric Fillion, Jazz Libre: The Musical-Political Praxis of the Quebec Left
2018 – 2019
- Oct. 15, 2018 : Yazz Ahmed post-TAN concert talk back
- Oct. 25, 2018 : Jesse Stewart, Improvising Inclusivity: Community Music, Accessibility, and Improvisation
- Nov. 15, 2018 : Edgar Landgraf, Improvisation and Posthumanism: Liberal, Radical, and Methodological Perspectives.
- Nov. 30, 2018 : Dawn Matheson, Dreaming at Land’s End
- Jan. 18, 2019: Night Improvisations: Ben Grossman, Kathryn Ladano, and Reza Yazdanpanah, curated by Ajay Heble, College of Arts 50th Anniversary: A Night at the Museum
- Feb. 7, 2019: Jay Reid and Ajay Heble, Improvisation Across Disciplines : from Theory to Practice
- Feb. 14, 2019: Nathan Mejia, Computer Vision Ambisonics
- Mar. 6, 2019 : Troy Hourie, Mervyn Horgan, and Kim McLeod, Improvisation and Public Space
- March 22, 2019 : Jim Harley, Ayac Village, Northern Uganda: Music and Dance as Community Building and Treatment for Trauma
- April 5, 2019 : Thinking-In-The-Making: A Conversation About Practice-Based Methodologies & Collaborations with IICSI’s 2018-2019 postdoctoral fellows, Dr. Leila Qashu & Dr. Teresa Connors.
2017 – 2018
- November 7, 2017 : Danielle Palardy Roger – workshop
- December 1, 2017 : Musical Improvisation at Land’s End/Coin-du-Banc en folie film screening
- December 1, 2017 : Dr. Michelle Stewart & Dr. Rebecca Caines, Improvenabled: Interdisciplinary Responses to Social Isolation
- December 8, 2017 : Kade Twist, “That’s Just Indians Being Indians”
- March 2, 2018, 2018 Improvisers-in-Residence Jen Reimer & Max Stein
- March 9, 2018 : Dr. Maisie Sum & I Dewa Made Suparta, Balinese Gamelan and Community: Composition, Practice, and Performance
- March 21, 2018 : Hafez Modirzadeh, Musical Compost, Consorts, and Collapsing Pyramids
- April 5, 2018 : Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning, Off the Cuff: Mnidoo Infinity Squeezed through Finite Modulations
2016 – 2017
- October 25, 2016 : Guelph Ukulele Club and Dr. Kati Szego, Guelph ON
- February 10, 2017 : Dr. Ellen Waterman, Improvisation and the Audibility of Difference: Safa, Canadian Multiculturalism, and the Politics of Recognition
- March 3, 2017 : Dr. Jeremy Matthew Glick, HAITIAN REVOLUTIONARY OUT-TAKES: BRECHT, FANON, BARAKA/HEGEL.
- March 10, 2017 : Brent Lee : Musical Improvisation within Audiovisual Installations
- April 7, 2017 : Hospitable Offbeats: Jazz Improvisation and the Unconditional Welcome
2015 – 2016
- Oct 23, 2015, Douglas R. Ewart, Improviser in Residence
- Nov 6, 2015, David Lee, Change of the Century: How Ornette Coleman Transformed Improvised Music
- Nov 20, 2015 : Documentary Film Screening: Amplified Gesture, Directed by Phil Hopkins (2009)
- Jan 29, 2016 : Georgia Simms, Freeing Frameworks: A Movement Improvisation Workshop
- March 4, 2016 : George E. Lewis in Conversation with Harald Kisiedu, How do you turn an academic book into an opera?
- March 14, 2016 : Harald Kisiedu, Like a Cry You Wanted to Answer: Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky and the Emergence of Jazz Experimentalism in East Germany
- April 1, 2016 : Session on Fluxus with Jeannette Hicks, Silence, 46 Essex St.