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Thinking Spaces – Improvising Through Non-Mindful Moments

November 29, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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Improvising through Non-Mindful Moments, a talk by S.A. (Stacey) Bliss will take place Friday, November 29th from 3:30-5:00 pm in room 265 in the McLaughlin Library at the University of Guelph. How do we navigate a mindful practice socially? Especially while under stress? And, with awareness of our voice and vibration?

This reading/thinking/feeling/sounding event for Thinking Spaces at the University of Guelph began as an Appendix to Dr. Bliss’ dissertation, an ethnography of long-term mindfulness-based practice teachers in Chile, Canada, and India. Her work explores how meditative practices are external, asking. how are mindfulness practices social? This piece presented at Thinking Spaces is an addition, an appendix; like a bodily organ amongst the visceral parts of a whole. She presents an auto-ethnographic account of lived experience, trying to work mindfulness socially while under stress and worry of an elderly parent, aged 80 at the time of writing. Note: as this is a reading/thinking/feeling/sounding event for Thinking Spaces, you may be asked to participate with improvised soundscapes! Everyone is welcome!

S.A. (Stacey) Bliss is a SSHRC postdoctoral research fellow under the supervision of Dr. Rebecca Caines at the IICSI site at the University of Regina. She is currently researching and recording Gong (percussion instrument, also known as a Tam Tam) sound spaces locally and internationally. As Gong teacher, Don Conreaux, says, “You are a Gong. I am a Gong.” She is curious about how Gong philosophy and improvised Gong practices and concerts lead to meaning-making and curation of  healthy vibratory communities.

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.


November 29, 2019
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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