Improvisation: Cool Links and Linkages

Image credit: Sam Durant

Image: Sam Durant’s “We Are the People” at Project Row Houses.  Photo by Rick Lowe.

 

Below, you will find links to projects that intersect with our biennial theme, “Improvisation.”  Feel free to browse and to add by emailing suggested materials to Rebecca Chenoweth or Julie Carlson.

Institutes and Societies

International Institute for the Study of Critical Improvisation (University of Guelph)

www.improvcommunity.ca/news/international-institute-critical-studies-improvisation

International Society for Improvised Music (see esp. “Words/Music/Images/Links”)

www.improvisedmusic.org


Art and Theater

Project Row Houses

http://projectrowhouses.org

Free Southern Theater

www.howlround.com/talkin-revolution-free-southern-theater-then-and-now


2014-2015 Speakers

Fred Moten|A Wesleyan Reader’s Companion

www.fredmoten.site.wesleyan.edu

Literary Hub: An Interview with Fred Moten, Part 1

http://lithub.com/an-interview-with-fred-moten-pt-i/

“Do Black Lives Matter? Robin Kelley and Fred Moten”

https://vimeo.com/116111740

Grisha Coleman’s “echo::system”

http://ame2.asu.edu/projects/echoSystem/

“echo::system on vimeo”

https://vimeo.com/32173532

Philip Ringstrom, “Principles in Improvisation: A Model of Therapeutic Play in Relational Psychoanalysis”

http://icpla.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Ringstrom-P.-Principles-of-Improvisation-A-Model-of-Therapeutic-Play.pdf

“Dr. Phil Ringstrom on an improvisational mode of treatment,” You Tube

https://youtu.be/kuxYuMCbG1w

Undergraduate Course: The Comic Turn of Mind

Still from "Some Like It Hot" (United Artists)

The art form that affirms survival, that makes happiness our business and hope not the gift of the lucky few but a turn of mind to be practiced and pursued is COMEDY. Comedy as a genre, comedy as a practice, comedy as a way of imagining will be the object and its frame of our study.
Primary texts by Aristophanes, Larry David, Billy Wilder, Menander, Shakespeare, Nichols and May.
Theory by: Aristotle, Eco, Freud, Bergson, Frye, and Young.

Image: Still from “Some Like It Hot” (United Artists)

Graduate Course: Romantic Transport

Detail, Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, "Psyche Transported to Heaven"

Instructor: Julie Carlson

Course: English 233, Winter 2015

How do we get from here to there and what does such movement signify?  What role does the aesthetic play in facilitating physical and mental movement, both desired and forced?   This seminar focuses on British and German Romantic-era texts that theorize and enact modes of embodied transport:  discourses regarding the sublime, imagination, metaphor, and the transporting capacities of art as well as texts depicting desired and forced transportation of bodies (slavery, emigration, urbanization, sexual experimentation). 

Most class sessions combine a Romantic-era theoretical text, a Romantic-era literary text, and a contemporary essay discussing a similar process in an effort to consider also how “romanticism” travels across times and places.  Readings include:  Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, Immanuel Kant, Critique of Judgment, Friedrich Schiller, On the Aesthetic Education of Man, P. B. Shelley, A Defence of Poetry, Anna Barbauld, England in Eighteen Hundred Eleven, William Blake, Visions of the Daughters of Albion,S. T. Coleridge, Christabel, Thomas Clarkson, On the Rise, Progress, and Abolition of the Slave Trade.  Contemporary readings include chapters from Doris Sommers, The Work of Art in the World, Edwidge Danticat, Create Dangerously, Robin Kelley, Freedom DreamsD. W. WinnicottPlay and Reality, Norman Holland, The Brain and Literature.

Sketch of a slave hold by Thomas Clarkson

Image 1: Pierre-Paul Prud’hon, “Psyche Transported to Heaven”

Image 2: Thomas Clarkson, “Description of a Slave Ship”