Improvisation & Policy

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    ...

Experience vs. Magic: Improvisation and Civic Action

Ruslana Lichtzier, Chicago, United States 

A review of  The Fierce Urgency of Now: Improvisation, Rights, and the Ethics of Co-creation (Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice) by Daniel Fischlin, Ajay Heble, and George Lipsitz. 2014. ISBN: 0822354780. Duke University Press Books. 328 pages. Buy the book.  The...

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...

Parade of Noises

Jessica Hein, Toronto, Canada 

Rich Marsella’s music practice embraces wild sounds and elements of chaos. As an avant garde musician and composer, music gets exciting for him when noise is introduced into musical compositions that resonate with an audience. By exploring sounds that many...