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“If you have to ask,” IICSI + IPLAI Conference, 9am

May 27, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) and Institute for the Public Life of Art and Ideas (IPLAI) present: “If you have to ask”: Cultural, Cognitive and Neural Underpinnings of Improvisatory Behaviour in the Arts and Beyond

Free and open to the public!

Day 1: Friday May 27, 9:00 – 16:00

9:00-9:15 Introduction: Eric Lewis

9:15-10:00 The Madness Hotel and Street Theatre, Dr. Vitor Pordeus, Rio de Janeiro

10:00-10:45 Sounding the Discomposed: Approaching Embodied Cognition Through the Music of Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith, Kevin McNeilly, University of British Columbia

10:45-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-12:00 Keynote: The Ensemble as Plural Subject: Jazz Improvisation, Collective Intention and Group Agency, Gary Hagberg, Bard College

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-1:45 From Evaluating to Appreciating a Jazz Solo: Notes on an Embodied Aesthetic Stance, Kevin Ryan, Univ. of Memphis

1:45-2:30 Improv, Hermes’ Farts, and the Arts, Dr. Randy Fertel, Fertel Foundation

2:30-2:45 coffee break

2:45-3:45 Keynote: Chivalry and Balance, Dr Stephen Nachmanovitch, Freeplay Productions

3:45-4:00 Summary Remarks: Ian Gold, Laurence Kirmayer and Eric Lewis


May 27, 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


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