Symposium: "Sounding possibilities: Improvisation and community action” / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Symposium: "Sounding possibilities: Improvisation and community action”

Improvisation at the OCC

1 - 2 November 2014
Upper Stage
An inter-disciplinary colloquium focused on contemporary improvisatory practices in music, music education and the performing arts, as well as on new forms of social and political action.
Free admission
In association with the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, the OCC is staging an inter-disciplinary colloquium focused on contemporary improvisatory practices in music, music education and the performing arts, as well as on new forms of social and political action.
As the internationalist hegemony cements itself over the global political scene and discrete economic, social and cultural systems enter into a state of ever-greater osmosis, a number of local communities are renewing their efforts to wrest back control of their identities and their fate through collective actions which are often both improvisatory in nature and underpinned by an improvisatory philosophy. At the same time, we can see the internationalist players striving to adopt the mantle of improvisation, though often with results diametrically opposed to improvisation's established ideology. The colloquium and its parallel performances will explore these issues from a broad range of thematic perspectives and with reference to various communities and cultures. Specifically, we will be examining the ways in which artistic practices with a strong improvisatory core can help establish and maintain healthy communities while opposing a range of hegemonies and spotlighting the obstacles such initiatives have to overcome—obstacles which will also be improvisatory in nature.

Alongside the symposium there will be three exceptional  performances: Medea Electronique "Koumaria Residency 2014", Wadada Leo Smith "Τen Freedom Summers" and Glue


Scientific advisοrs:
Eric Lewis (McGill University, Canada)
Christos Carras (Onassis Cultural Centre)


Saturday 1 November

Panel 1: Political Practice | 10:30-12:30
Matthieu Saladin: Artist, musician, associate professor at University Paris 8, France
Alexander Kioupkiolis: Lecturer of Contemporary Political Theory, School of Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Joel Bakan: Professor of Law, University of British Columbia, author, filmmaker, musician, Canada
Dr. Gascia Ouzounian: Lecturer, School of Creative Arts, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Panel 2: Educational Practice | 15:00-17:00 
Panos Kanellopoulos: Associate Professor of Music Education, University of Thessaly, Greece
Danae Stefanou: Assistant Professor, School of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Raynaldo Young: Composer, performer, educator, UK
Dr. Ruth Wright: Assistant Dean Research, Don Wright Faculty of Music, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Randall Everett Allsup: Associate Professor of Music and Music Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA

Sunday 2 November

Panel 3: Music & Community | 10:30-12:30
Wadada Leo Smith: Composer, musician, improviser, Professor at the California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts), USA
Eric Lewis: Professor of Philosophy at McGill University and McGill Site Coordinator for IICSI, Canada
Daniel Fischlin: University Research Chair, University of Guelph, Canada
Jesse Gilbert: Video artist and Chair of Media Technology, Woodbury University, USA

Panel 4: Creative Practice | 14:00-16:30 
Bojana Cvejic: Performance theorist, dramaturge and performer, Serbia
James Wallbank: Artist, educator and free software advocate, Access Space, UK
Christos Passalis: Director/Actor, blitz theatre, Greece
Dr. Ellen Waterman: School of Music, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Projection of the short movie on Steve Paxton’s work “…in a non-wimpy way” by Bojana Cvejic’ and Lennart Laberenz.

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Entrance to the event is free and on a strictly first come, first served basis.
The distribution of entrance tickets begins one (1) hour before each event.

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