The Slideshow Series: Creative Choice Making Embodied, with John Michael Schert - Red Bull Arts Detroit

The Slideshow Series: Creative Choice Making Embodied, with John Michael Schert

March 14th, 7-9PM

Red Bull Arts Detroit, 1551 Winder St. Detroit, MI 48207

John Michael Schert’s creative and professional practice centers the question ‘How can artists mobilize systemic change in their organizations, communities and cities?’. In his work as an artist and producer, he has advocated for artists as vital contributors across diverse sectors and forwarded the idea that everyone should ground the creative process in their daily lives. In a Slideshow Presentation at Red Bull Arts Detroit, Schert will use the choreographic process with dancers as a vehicle through which to explore aspects of leadership, followership, context, embodied cognition, emergent leadership, collaboration and empathy. In the global-context of over reliance on analytic “smart” choice-making, the Slideshow will affirm the inherently human ability of creative choice making and its value. Schert will utilize the bodies of dancers and their performance as text and image in the Slideshow, transforming the traditional format of a Slideshow into an embodied live demonstration of the themes discussed. Participants in the Slideshow do not need to prepare in anyway but will be asked to subjectively analyze their personal approach to creativity and being in a “flow” state.

About John Michael Schert

John Michael Schert is an artist and producer working in multiple sectors and translating across many platforms. Originally from South Georgia, and now residing in Boise, Idaho, Schert began his career as a ballet dancer with American Ballet Theatre and Alonzo King LINES Ballet after attending high school at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2004 he co-founded Trey McIntyre Project (TMP), concurrently serving as the company’s Executive Director, and a dancer, for nine years. During this time, he gained a unique insight into the process and product of art-making and realized the ability to translate the creative process across different disciplines and domains. From October 2013 to January 2017 he served as the inaugural Visiting Artist and Social Entrepreneur at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Fall 2014 as an Associate Fellow with the NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts. Through these appointments he studied, and lectured on, the utility of the creative process and how the skills and behaviors of creatives can be of relevance and value to other sectors. As the founder and principal of JMS & Company, John Michael consults for clients such as Google, The James S. and John L. Knight Foundation, Chicago Booth, the City of Boston and Soho House, as well as speaks in cities around the world. He is the executive producer of Boise’s B Corp certified Treefort Music Fest and is the founder of the American Ballet Theatre Leadership Lab which seeks to translate the skills and creative processes of dance artists into valuable tools for the private and public sectors. Schert is a recipient of the USA Eisenhower Fellowship 2019. He holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.

About the Red Bull Arts Slideshow Series

The Slideshow Series is a programming format shared between Red Bull Arts Detroit and New York that invites artists, curators, community activists, technologists, scholars, musicians and others, to present an area of interest or expertise.

Employing the customary format of the slideshow as an educational tool to share ideas with an audience, we ask each participant to re-think how they can best engage the public on a topic of importance to them, and to consider how the shape of that presentation has the potential to ignite dialogue.

Slideshows are intimate in nature and take the form of either experimental or straightforward events, including performative lectures, expanded research, poetry readings, sound performances and more. Past Slideshows include The Temporal Disruptors with Black Quantum Futurism, Downtown ’81: In Memory of Glenn O’ Brien with Kenneth Goldsmith, Alpha’s Bet with Steffani Jemison, and It’s your Death with Charlie Ahearn.