7th May 2011: The Well-Tempered Imagination with Karen Kaderavek

On Saturday May 7th we were extremely happy to welcome Karen Kaderavek to our ‘dialogic’ seminar. We had spent many hours of preparation delving into the realm of creativity and bi-poloar disorder using the mediums of Karen Kaderavek’s classical cello recordings and her book Rapture and Despair: Creativity and the Bipolar Affect. This seminar was a chance for Karen Kaderavek to respond to the writings we had made on her recordings and book. Karen also gave us 4 short cello performances with an exposition of the historical and psychological context they were composed under.

Also participating was Dr. Jaswant Guzder, head of the McGill division of Child Psychiatry and collaborator with Concordia University’s Art Therapy program.

To write or read reflections for the The Well-Tempered Imagination series click here.

Photos and videos below (thanks go to Martyn Bryant, Maureen Lafreniere and Mr. Steven Orlov)

During the seminar the TED talk by Jill Bolte Taylor was referred to and discussed. It can be found at the bottom of this page.


Cello performance/classical composer exposition Part 1

Cello performance/classical composer exposition Part 2

Dialogue Part 1

Dialogue Part 2

Dialogue Part 3

Dialogue Part 4

Dialogue Part 5

Dialogue Part 6

Dialogue Part 7

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

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