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Hip hop improv event downtown

Web posted on March 22, 2012

The University of Guelph's Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) Project investigates hip hop's improvisational core and brings together scholars and hip hop community members. Improvisation is Something We Live will bring to Guelph a preeminent collection of award-winning hip hoppers and scholars from Regina, Toronto, and the United Kingdom. Mixing performance with critical analysis, the event will feature artist showcases, two keynote talks, and an evening performance of improvisatory turntablism.

This free event will be held at 10 Carden in downtown Guelph, from 19pm on Friday, March 30, 2012.

A full schedule is available online.

Improvisatory Artists such Experimental Turntablist Slowpitch; Digital Media Impresario Fresh Kils; U of Guelph undergrad and turntablist My Neural Thumb; Emcee and Guinness world recorder holder Duane (D.O.) Gibson; and professional dancer and B-girl Julo will juxtapose their improvisatory stylings against scholarly insights on hip hop's theoretical potential.

Keynote speakers Dr. Charity Marsh, Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Interactive Performance at the University of Regina, and Dr. Rinaldo Walcott, associate professor at the University of Toronto, provide critical and timely academic insights, and will bring into conversation both the artistic and the scholarly aspects of hip hop's improvisatory ethos.

About ICASP: The ICASP research project explores musical improvisation as a model for social change. The project's core hypothesis is that musical improvisation is a crucial model for political, cultural, and ethical dialogue and action. Taking as a point of departure performance practices that cannot readily be scripted, predicted, or compelled into orthodoxy, ICASP argues that the innovative working models of improvisation developed by creative practitioners promote a dynamic exchange of cultural forms and encourage new, socially responsive forms of community building across national, cultural, and artistic boundaries.