Triple Bill Interview & Performance, Open Ears Fest 2018

The Open Ears Festival 2018 featured a Triple Bill curated by Ben Grossman with performers: Ballantyne/Harms Duo, Sound of the Mountain, and Nakamura/Taxt Duo, about their practice and the role of improvisation in their work.

Organizing for Emergence

Drawing on the theoretical and philosophical discourses of Jane Bennett, Erin Manning, Brian Massumi and Timothy Morton, Teresa Connors proposes a series of thinking-in-the-making moves that considers the use of computer vision and data mining as co-creative and emergent devices within non-linear audiovisual installations.

Currents interactive audiovisual installations at Sound Symposium XIX

Currents is one of several interactive audiovisual installations in development by IICSI postdoc Teresa Connors that explores the environment of Newfoundland. Emerging from a meshwork of materials that includes ocean data-sets, live streamed wind data, a heart rate monitor and audiovisual material captured off the east coast of Newfoundland, Currents combines these expressive actants to explore nonlinear processes within an immersive experience.

The Crossings Project – Exile, Exodus, and Transformation

Video documenation of THE CROSSINGS PROJECT – a community music and multi-media event and performed to a sold-out audience in Guelph on Saturday evening, May 26, 2018. The intention of this endeavour was to tell the story of the trans-Atlantic slave trade (approximately 1526 – 1867) and the subsequent establishment of a Black community in Guelph, Ontario.

GJFC 2018 Roundtable – Improvisation in Music and Words

IICSI Researchers, Kevin McNeilly, Sara Villa, Rob Wallace, and Paul Watkins specializing in the intersections of music and words gathered at the Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium 2018 to discuss the synergetic relationship of improvised music making and poetic composition.

Pourquoi je suis ici / Why I’m Here (trailer)

In Why I’m Here, director João França provides a glimpse into a magical world where musicians of diverse ages and abilities come together in an inclusive and supportive environment to explore the possibilities of improvisational collaborations.

KidsAbility Drum Club Performance 2018

A short video documenting the culminating performance of the 2018 Guelph and Cambridge Drum Clubs, directed by Richard Burrows and in partnership with KidsAbility.

Are dissonances and group agreement compatible?

How do we engage with these dissonances or alterities in our expectations?
How do we, as facilitators and pedagogues, resist a more utilitarian urge to maximize what might appear to be group agreement in the space, at the cost of the outliers? Might we, as guides through these spaces, have an obligation to address these outliers in these moments of tension?
And, what does this teach us about our facilitative practice and how we approach difference?

Improvisation and Mobility Conference & Festival – Vida Midgelow Keynote

In a solo performance/lecture Prof Vida L Midgelow eats her words, ingests knowledge, animates her dead self and dances everywhere and nowhere, at the University of Regina 2017 improvisation and mobility conference.

The Liquid Arts Project: Exploring Live Painting & Mentorship

A short documentary about the Liquid Art Project featuring artists, community partners, and researchers from Regina discussing mentorship, live painting, and community-engaged research.