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Workroom Conversations 2019: On Improvisation

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Join us for our next series of Workroom Conversation on 10 April, 29 May and 19 June looking at questions around improvisation across different practices from music to architecture. We see improvisation as a fundamental way people relate to the world with capacity to loosen up and informalise social life. Improvising is also a survival strategy when, individuals or groups are challenged by unforeseen events. In the arts, improvising makes freedom of expression possible. It is a craft that requires practice to make a master.

Each session opens with two invited practitioners sharing their take on what improvisation is to them and how they use it in their practice to stimulate a broader discussion. Richard Sennett, of Theatrum Mundi, will moderate.

10 April: Improvisation & Experimentation with Ella Finer and Jaqueline Springer

29 May: Improvisation & Spontaneity with Julia King and Elaine Mitchener

19 June: Improvisation & Chance - Orsalia Dimitriu and TBC

The Workroom Conversations are ‘backstage’: there is no audience. Instead, we invite practitioners to share, debate, challenge and enrich. These are conversations rather than public forums. We would be delighted for you to join as many of these as you would like to and bring your ideas to the workbench.


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Ella Finer’s work in sound and performance spans writing, composing and curating with a particular interest in how women’s voices take up space. She studied in Glasgow and London, completing a PhD in 2012 on materialities of the female voice in performance and has taught widely. Her current and ongoing research project about sound politics queries the ownership of cultural expression through sound, so far taking form in published articles, book chapters and public lectures on subjects including feminist legacies of echoic sound, social acoustics and urban infrastructure, and sonic miscellanies or "the wild life of sound". This work has also informed recent curated events Selector Responder: Sounding out the Archives (I and II) at the British Library (as part of their Season of Sound 2017 and ‘18) and the founding of the Acoustic Commons Study Group in association with Soundcamp 2019. As a trustee for Longplayer Ella produced Longplayer Legacies: Live at the Lighthouse with Laura Cannell, Larry Achiampong and Vanessa Brown with an award from Sound and Music as a 2018 Composer-Curator.

Jacqueline Springer is a London-based print and broadcast music journalist and university lecturer.
She is an Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University (London Program), teaching Race, Gender & the Media and Black British Music: Exploring Identity Through Sound. She also works at Fordham University, teaching on their London Liberal Arts program where she leads Race, Class, Gender in Media and Breaking America – Exploring the value of British music, national identity and culture via international success. Jacqueline contributes to BBC arts and culture output – from guest contributor spots on Radio 4’s Front Row, Woman’s Hour and Saturday Review to working as an advisor on the current BBC Radio 4 documentary series, Black Music in Europe: A Hidden History.

Julia King is a Research Fellow at LSE Cities and the coordinator for numerous research strands including ‘Streets for All’ a research project commissioned by the Greater London Authority and on-going work on urban governance in India. She currently teaches on the Cities Masters Programme at LSE, and runs a design studio at Central Saint Martins. Trained as an architect her research, design practice and teaching focus on sanitation and housing in the context of rapid urbanisation, inequitable infrastructure developments and urban micro-culture in the UK and India. Her work has been exhibited internationally including the 2016 Venice Architectural Biennial, the Southbank Centre and Somerset House.

She was awarded a Royal Commission for 1851 grant (2017-2019) to develop design solutions cross cutting the sanitation chain from toilet to co-designed community infrastructure. She has won numerous awards for her work and practice including Emerging Woman Architect of the Year (2014), NLA Award (2016) and shortlisted for a Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award (2014) and Civic Trust Regional Award (2016). She has authored chapters in Home Economics (2016) and Infrastructure Space (2017) and co-authored a chapter in The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City (2017).


Elaine Mitchener is a contemporary/experimental vocalist, movement artist, improviser and composer who has performed at leading UK/ European venues including, Bimhuis, Café Oto, Venice Biennale, ICA London, Ultima Festival (Oslo), Southbank Centre (London), Maerzmusik (Berlin), London Contemporary Music Festival. Elaine has worked leading artists such as Moor Mother, Mark Padmore, The Otolith Group, Sonia Boyce, John Butcher, Tansy Davies, Van Huynh Co, Aki Onda, Apartment House, London Sinfonietta, David Toop, Steve Beresford, Christian Marclay, Phil Minton, George E. Lewis, Jason Yarde, and Alexander Hawkins.

Recent and forthcoming performances include b r e a d t h b r e a t h (LCMF 2018), the then + the now = now time Maerzmusik (WP March 2019), Jeanne Lee Project, | Les Murs Sont Témoins | These Walls Bear Witness | (Portchester Castle), Vocal Classics of the Black Avant-Garde (Meteo Festival), Punkt Festival.

Ursula (Orsalia) Dimitriou is practicing architect and a researcher. She holds a Diploma in Architecture Engineering from NTUAthens, an MA in Art and Architecture from UPC in Barcelona and a PhD on Commons and Public Space from the department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths University. Her research interests include design as a political tool, commons and public space, urban insurgencies, grassroot practices, theatrical and ephemeral interventions in urban space, participatory design and social sustainability. Ursula has is leading design studios at the University of Westminster and Central Saint Martins. She is the co-director of SYN, an interdisciplinary design studio based in London.




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