The Art of Improvisation: From Phronesis to the Production of Practical Knowledge
Course: Integrated Arts 310 / Integrated Arts 610
Day/Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30 – 5:10 pm
Location: 510 Lathrop Hall
Limit: 20 students across any discipline
Description: This course is for artists, engineers, practitioners, and activists. It will reveal how to apply improvisation methodologies to enable productive interdisciplinary collaborations, while also showing how to tap into your personal creativity within everyday life. Students were expected to form an active and integrated web-based community to facilitate group research and sharing of resources. The class combined practice-based workshops, interdisciplinary guest lectures, fieldwork, journaling, and performance.
The course focused on cross-disciplinary engagements with improvisation as a methodology. Innovative design processes, public speaking, teaching methodologies, art-making, music, medical practitioners (working in emergency surgery), and dance practices introduced students to a range of approaches to improvisation, both in theory and practice. Guest lecturers from these fields introduced specific methodologies that harness spontaneity and dynamic responses to the current moment as it presents itself. The class also engaged deeply with somatic and mindfulness practices alongside an emphatic dedication to rhythm that is present in every encounter, when awareness of it is made tangible.
At the heart of the writing class is the modern world’s construction of race and how it reinforces a false reality that has produced masses of art and critical thought.
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