International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation

logo1Improvisation & Policy is a series of roundtables, white papers, and experimental projects that advance our understanding of how improvisatory methodologies in social practice can be applied to the creation and interpretation of policy in the areas of health, technology, gender & the body, pedagogy & education, and law & justice.

Musical Improvisation at Land’s End

IICSI, Guelph, Canada 

Jump to French In the summer of 2016, the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI), with support from the Musagetes Foundation and the Chawkers Foundation, mounted the inaugural session of a bilingual improvised music camp entitled Musical Improvisation...

Activating Humanities Knowledge: Human Rights Pedagogy and Community-Based Education

Ajay Heble, Guelph, Canada 

The following is an excerpt from Ajay Heble’s Introduction to Classroom Action: Human Rights, Critical Activism, and Community-Based Education, a book (edited by Heble, with chapters by his former students) published by University of Toronto Press in Spring 2017. For more...

Deep Listening at the End of the World

Jeannette Hicks, Guelph, Canada 

Deep Listening at the End of the World[1] I’m sitting beside the ocean at the end of the world singing with a wave. A rhythmic low whoosh, and a building sigh–             hhhhhwAAAAAAaaaannsss    ...

Improvising Freely: The ABCs of an Experience

Lê Quan Ninh, Saint-Silvain-sous-Toulx, France 
Karen Houle, Guelph, Canada 

The following text is excerpted from Lê Quan Ninh’s book, Improvising Freely: The ABCs of an Experience, translated from the French by Karen Houle with assistance from Pegleess Barrios & Melissa Chong Ah Yan. The book is available for purchase from...

Improvisation & Policy: Notes for a Roundtable

Daniel Weinstock, Montreal, Canada 

A Roundtable on Improvisation & Policy will be convened by ArtsEverywhere, Musagetes, and the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) on May 7, 2016. The roundtable will consider the following two questions: How can policies be created to shape & enable environments...

Keeping the Eyes Open

cheyanne turions, Toronto, Canada 

There is no shortage of ways to be in relation, but subject as we are to instinct and instruction, patterns emerge. Over his 30 year career as a musician, Dong-Won Kim has observed tendencies in the practice of improvisation: some...