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Fragile Devices: Improvisation as an Interdisciplinary Research Methodology

Date(s)

8/11/2017 - 8/11/2017

Time

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Location

Sonic Lab

Price

FREE

*Holly Warner’s schedule has forced her to cancel her seminar on 8 November, but we are lucky to have Dr Rebecca Caines as a Visiting Associate Researcher in the School at present, so we are grateful to her for stepping in with a presentation which is tied to the research concerns of many staff and research students in Creative Arts.*

Dr Rebecca Caines presents a seminar which is tied to the research concerns of many staff and students in Creative Arts: Improvisation as a research method in sonic and socially-engaged arts. Is it useful to argue that improvisation is, in fact, an under-valued, rigorous, and peer reviewed framework that can be used for academic, artistic, and socially-responsible research projects? What would it mean to take improvisation as a research methodology seriously?  

Dr Rebecca Caines

Associate Professor in Creative Technologies, University of Regina;

Site Lead, International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation

Is it useful to argue that improvisation is, in fact, an under-valued, rigorous, and peer reviewed framework that can be used for academic, artistic, and socially-responsible research projects? 

What would it mean to take improvisation as a research methodology seriously?  Drawing equivalences or comparisons between artistic and other academic methods is often greeted with skepticism. Caines argues improvising methodologies, however, perforate these kinds of disciplinary divides, bringing arts, academia and applied practices into richly dissonant relationships.  

Through improvisation, the ethics of creation, and the nature of research can be productively destabilized by deliberately engaging improvisatory principles of risk, surprise, active listening, realtime decision making, distributed authorship, and the reconfiguration of mistake.

Grounded in sound studies, critical studies in improvisation, and poststructural philosophy, and with contemporary sonic art as her case study, she will discuss the application of improvisatory methodologies in research projects in Australia, Canada, and Northern Ireland.

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