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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…

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)…