UPDATE: The study trip to Prague has been canceled. However, the Abandoned Practices Institute 2014 will still be offered this summer as an SAIC course in Chicago. This course will be listed in the regular summer course schedule. More information to come soon.

This three-week summer intensive looks forward by looking backward, researching, enacting, and embodying practices that for one reason or another have been disregarded in the wake of progress, and relegated to the archives of history. Students will participate in individual and collaborative projects involving writing, installation, documentation, and live performance. Teachers and visiting scholars will lecture on related subjects.

Available for credit and non-credit enrollment.

Abandoned practices constitutes an emerging field of inquiry pioneered by Alan Read of King's College, London, author of Theatre, Intimacy, and Engagement: The Last Human Venue (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). The course's focus will be on creating a forum for conversations that confront the common accelerated temporalities of the 21st century such as economic and artistic globalization, the technological advancement, and the general shifts in understanding the word local.

The course does not propose that we share a mutual past, but rather that we might mutually discover a shared strategy of thinking about our pasts and reimagining and re-enacting the different abandoned practices that once defined the ordinary.

Non-SAIC students:
Abandoned Practices Institute is also available for non-credit registration to participants outside of SAIC. If you are interested in this option see abandonedpractices.org.

Matthew Goulish: Writing
Lin Hixson: Performance
Mark Jeffrey: Performance