Research Library

As part of our commitment to making our work and outputs accessible, and to generate further dialogue on the issues we explore, IICSI has created an online Research Library. Here you will find a range of pieces including films, articles, think pieces, and interviews. Please use the search function or browse, and check back again as this library will be updated regularly.

Research outcomes related to the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice project (2007-2013) are available in the ICASP Research Collection.

Go To Jail

We’re pleased to announce the publication of an impressive new book, Go To Jail, edited by Students at the Center (SAC), an independent English and Social Studies program working within public schools in New Orleans. For this project, SAC staff & teachers—including IICSI researcher Dr. George Lipsitz—invited young people to examine the prison system in their…

Big Ideas in Improvisation: Fred Moten & Vijay Iyer in Conversation

Big Ideas In Improvisation 2021: Fred Moten and Vijay Iyer in Conversation

On May 28th, 2021, IICSI and Musagetes presented the inaugural Big Ideas in Improvisation lecture, “Fred Moten and Vijay Iyer: in Conversation.” This online event brought these two artistic visionaries, social activists, and MacArthur “Genius” award winners together for an evening of provocative and inspiring dialogue. Iyer and Moten shared their perspectives on the concept…

Still from Stories of Impact: Improvisation & Convivencia in East LA

Stories of Impact: Improvisation & Convivencia in East LA

This short documentary showcases the work conducted by artist fellows as part of the Building Healthy Communities project in Boyle Heights, LA. This video features dozens of community members participating in these improvisational art-based interventions, practicing what Martha Gonzalez calls “Convivencia”: being present and engaging together in mind, body, and spirit via participatory music and…

Still from "4 Cities of Love" Video

4 Cities of Love: Singing in the Language of Others

This collaborative performance video was completed by Reza Yazdanpanah under Dr. Ajay Heble’s supervision in April 2021. In this video, 5 musicians with different first languages sing in the languages other than their own as an application to the approach of equity, diversity, and inclusion. This project was funded in part by the Equity, Diversity,…

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

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…

Raven Chacon and Candice Hopkins, “Dispatch"

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…

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