Plenary by Meredith Ramirez Talusan, Artist, Scholar
Integrating embodied discourses from a number of disciplines, this interactive talk adapts the presenter’s childhood experience in the Philippine islands to think about the islands of New York. Historically Filipinos have often been depicted as improvisational and undisciplined when in fact they have developed sophisticated cultural practices and strategies adapted to the changing environmental and cultural phenomena of the islands. How might the nature of these improvisational strategies across disciplines and cultures influence how we understand the rapidly changing phenomena of the islands of New York City? This presentation uses cooperation as a theme to activate both embodied conceptual frameworks for defining and problemiting interdisciplinary collaboration through a thoughtful cultural lens.