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Improvising Ecosystems Performance, October 29, 2014

October 29, 2014IASCollaboratives, Events0

Improvising Ecosystems Performance

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 8:00-9:00pm
Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art (East)

This performance/installation/intervention is a result of collaborative work/process of U of M School of Music and Department of Art students and faculty (including members of the IAS 2014-15 Improvising Ecosystems Collaborative), reflecting on a weekend spent at Cloquet Forestry Center. This project is also supported the Institute on the Environment.


Scott Currie, Maja Radovanlija, Diane Willow, Amber While, Nooshin Hakim Javadi, Yang Pang, Dawn Schot Klotzbach, Milena Petkovic, John Fleischer, Branko Barnic, and Benjamin Klein.

Improvising Ecosystems seeks to create new modalities for activating aesthetic, empathetic, and inquiring relationships with particular ecosystems at specific moments in time. This approach and sensibility is in contrast to current data display and interpretative forms of artistic engagement with ecosystem research. This orientation arose from Sounds and Visions of Cedar Creek, the work of a small group of faculty and graduate students that included musicians, composers, and artists. Improvising Ecosystems is designed to expand upon an emergent process comprised of immersive site visits that inform performance and mobile installations. The collaborative proposes to bring together musicians, artists, cultural knowledge keepers, dancers, landscape architects, ecologists, naturalists, and others for monthly sessions. The collaborative has identified ecosystems that will serve as provocative catalysts for the exploration of more nuanced understandings of the concept of ecosystem in relationship to contemporary ideas of nature. Among these are Soudan Mines, Cloquet Forestry Center, Crane Meadows, St Croix Watershed Research Station, and a revisiting of Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve.
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