Thinking Spaces

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Thinking Spaces 2022: “Why Music Festivals Now? Ellen Waterman and Ajay Heble in Conversation”

This Thinking Spaces session, “Why Music Festivals Now?: Ellen Waterman and Ajay Heble In Conversation,” took place on April 21, 2022. Description: Festival studies has become a vital and growing field of research that draws insights from cultural studies, music, sociology, anthropology, ecology, geography, and history, among others. It has arguably emerged as a discipline…

Thinking Spaces 2022: Aruna Antonella Handa

This Thinking Spaces session, “Untitled or how free is free anyway? Unpacking the ceteris paribus clauses in free improvisation,” with guest Aruna Antonella Handa, took place on March 25, 2022. Description from Aruna: I want to be free, but so often i feel embarrassed as i find myself grasping for the scaffolding. I want to…

Thinking Spaces 2022: Catharine Cary

This Thinking Spaces session, with guest Catharine Cary, took place on February 25, 2022. This presentation, entitled “The Upside Down Protocol,” saw multi-modal improvisational practitioner Catharine Cary consider the question: “How can we turn on its head everything we think we know, and provoke play by having a mind and body subtle and supple enough…

Thinking Spaces 2020-21: Harald Kisiedu

This Thinking Spaces talk, “Living Ball of Fire: Peter Brötzmann, Black Experimentalism, and Politics in 1960s West Germany” by Harald Kisiedu, took place on April 23, 2021. This talk is concerned with the experiences and musical practices of important saxophonist and improviser Peter Brötzmann. It illuminates the creative tension between the realms of music and…

Thinking Spaces 2020-21: Roger Dean

This Thinking Spaces talk, with guest Roger Dean, took place on April 9th, 2021. This talk, entitled “AI and Improvisation: Virtual Improvisers, Virtual Pianos,” provided insights into Roger Dean’s research. As he describes: “I have engaged with computer-interactive improvisation since it became financially and practically accessible on desktop and portable computers, notably with the advent…

Thinking Spaces 2020-21: Dhruv Jani (Studio Oleomingus)

This Thinking Spaces talk, with guest Dhruv Jani, took place on March 26, 2021. In this talk, entitled “The Concentric Fictions of a Generous History: Hypertext and Other Annotations to Memory,” Dhruv Jani attempts to weave together a sprawling argument about interactive fiction that spans across the legacy of colonialism, the bureaucratic tyranny of citizenship,…

Thinking Spaces 2020-21: Jessica Bissett Perea

This Thinking Spaces talk, with guest Jessica Bissett Perea, took place on March 12, 2021. This talk frames improvisation as a practice through which we can better understand the densities and significance of performing Indigeneity in its many forms, including is/as an idea, analytic, and process. Bissett Perea shares examples from her in-press book Sound…

Thinking Spaces 2020-21: Taiwo Afolabi

This Thinking Spaces talk, with guest Taiwo Afolabi, took place on February 26, 2021. This presentation, entitled “Ethical Questioning in Research: Insight from an Applied Theatre Project,” examines ethical questioning as an inquiry process germane to making ethical choices necessarily for an ethical practice. Focusing on reflexivity through reflection-before, in, and on -action, I consider…

Thinking Spaces 2020-21: Raven Chacon and Candice Hopkins

This Thinking Spaces talk, with guests Raven Chacon and Candice Hopkins, took place on February 12th, 2021. Entitled “Dispatch,” this presentation draws from Chacon and Hopkins’ reflections on the fight for cultural preservation and defence of Indigenous sovereignty at the Standing Rock Reservation Water Protector encampment in 2016. Raven Chacon is a composer, performer, and…

Thinking Spaces 2020-21: “Improvising and Listening”

This Thinking Spaces event, with Professor Dr. James Harley and IMPR Graduate Students, took place on December 18th, 2020. In this session, Dr. Harley introduces the “Interactive Improvisation in Times of Isolation” project, inviting each artist to introduce their piece and play the recording. There are seven artists, and each piece is about five minutes…