Abandoned Practices Institute
Chicago 2018
July 9th - July 27th

This 3-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 the event with 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 focus will allow a thematic meeting place that confronts the common accelerated temporalities of the 21st century, whether in the form of economic and artistic globalization, technologies ceaseless upgrade, or 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, a strategy of reimagining and reenacting the different abandoned practices that once defined the ordinary.


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

2018 Visiting Lecturers:
Erin Manning is University Research Chair in Relational Art and Philosophy in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University and Director of the SenseLab
Ryan Tacata, PhD is a performance maker and scholar

Registration begins SAIC 19th March 2018
Non SAIC Registration begins 28th March 2018

SAIC for credit tuition:
Undergraduate - $4,491 ($1,497 per credit x 3 credit hours)
Graduate - $4,740 ($1,580 per credit hour x 3 credit hours)
Non-credit tuition for 3.00 units:  $1,755. Course number: #1479

3 credits STUDIO (4000-level)

Non-SAIC students: Abandoned Practices Institute is also available for non-credit registration to participants outside of SAIC.
Student-At-Large registration form
Application for Summer Housing for Non-Degree Seeking Students