Thinking Spaces


Thinking Spaces 2020-21: Dong-Won Kim

This Thinking Spaces talk, “Time to Plant Seed” with guest Dong-Won Kim, took place on December 4, 2020. Since 1984, Kim Dong-won has learned various traditional percussion music, such as farmer’s drumming and dance, shaman music, Pansori accompany, and music theory. In 1987, he was a political prisoner, sentenced for playing music at the funeral…

Thinking Spaces 2020-21: Joel Bakan

This Thinking Spaces talk, with guest Joel Bakan, took place on Nov. 6, 2020. For this talk, Joel Bakan discusses his new film and book, “The New Corporation.” Joel Bakan is an author, filmmaker, and professor of law at the University of British Columbia. His work examines the social, economic, and political dimensions of law,…

Thinking Spaces 2020-21: George Lipsitz

This Thinking Spaces talk, “Insubordinate Spaces: Why Improvisation and Accompaniment Matter Now” by George Lipsitz, took place on October 23, 2020. George Lipsitz is Research Professor Emeritus of Black Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is co-author with Barbara Tomlinson of Insubordinate Spaces: Improvisation and Accompaniment for Social Justice (2019)…

Thinking Spaces: 2020-21

Thinking Spaces, The Improvisation Reading Group and Speaker Series, considers the ways in which improvisation can provide us with new ways of thinking and acting. In the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 semesters, IICSI presented an online iteration of Thinking Spaces. Moving the series online created an opportunity to connect with a diverse range of…

Thinking Spaces with Georgia Simms

Watch and listen to Georgia Simms discuss investigating dance improvisation for the Thinking Spaces Reading Group and Speaker Series.

Thinking Spaces with Dr. Trichy Sankaran

Watch and listen to Mrdangam virtuoso Trichy Sankaran discuss the role of improvisation in his music during his workshop on South Asian musical traditions with Autorickshaw Trio.

Professor Trichy Sankaran is a world-renowned percussion virtuoso, Indian music scholar and composer, and the founding director of Indian music studies at York University. Over the years, Prof. Sankaran has bridged eastern and western pedagogical styles and has influenced generations of students who have become noted performers, composers, and music educators themselves.

Thinking Spaces: The Improvisation Reading Group and Speaker Series

The Improvisation Reading Group and Speaker Series considers the ways in which improvisation can provide us with new ways of thinking and acting. Throughout the year, this group organizes public talks and workshops, as well as reading sessions that may include music, performance, film, academic texts, fiction, etc., based around critical thinking on improvisation.