What is indeterminacy? The word is defined by its lack of clarity. Literally meaning: “not precisely determined or fixed : vague : not known in advance : not leading to a definite end or result.” If you are a musician, it might reference John Cage and chance music, but if you are a Physicist or Mathematician, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle comes to mind. Unlike for Cage or Heisenberg, for the theorist Elizabeth Grosz, indeterminacy emerges more as a method for living that is almost too ephemeral to fully grasp on to. This is the definition of indeterminacy ICG embraces, describing a constant reaching towards new methods for interpreting the world around us.


In the collective structures designed by ICG, individuals have the opportunity to witness how their expertise comes into relationship with a multiplicity of other approaches. Such an experience can be life changing - inspiring new and innovative solutions to problems that might have previously seemed unsolvable. ICG strives towards this goal of complex social interconnectivity, aiming to catalyze larger transformations in how we live, how we work, how we communicate. By applying The Indeterminacy Method individuals are offered the tools needed to transcend perceived limitations and ask: how can it be different? 


My role as creative producer is focused on understanding how individuals practice their disciplines. I focus my attention on creating collaborative structures which allow individuals who have not interacted prior, to come together, and share a lifetime of autonomous preparation cultivated within their own communities. What results is an environment in which these collaborators hold their individual focus while coming into polyphonic concert with all of the other participants. 


By employing the Indeterminacy Method, I offer a holistic approach to enter into conversation with the uncertainty of far reaching collaborations - to create a context where these collaborations can thrive. Whether I am producing performances, lectures, and educational seminars, practitioners are invited to test new ideas that are often at the edge of their disciplinary expertise. ICG is a place for experimental exploration, serving as an incubator to design new strategies for creating meaning in the 21st Century.  

MEET stanzi vaubel


Dr. Stanzi Vaubel

ICG Founder, PhD.

Stanzi Vaubel began her training as a classical cellist at The Juilliard Pre-College. She received her BA from Northwestern University and her PhD from The University at Buffalo in the Media Study Department while on teaching fellowship. She received a Fulbright Fellowship in 2019, allowing her to bring The Indeterminacy Method to Canada. She has collaborated on projects at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center, and has performed at such venues such as Tanglewood, The Long House, and Carnegie Hall. She has worked as a producer for New York Public Radio and produced a series entitled "The Gift" for Chicago Public Radio. Her audio documentaries have been featured on WBEZ, BBC, and spotlighted by The Third Coast Audio Festival. Her work has been commissioned by The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Burchfield Penney Arts Center, KANEKO, UnionDocs, Public Space One, and Free City Festival. During her time in Buffalo she became interested in site-specific productions, creating SITES DO THINGS TO PEOPLE (2015) staged at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, EXCURSIONS INTO UNKNOWABLE WORLDS (2016) staged at the Hi-Temp Warehouse. In 2016 she founded The Indeterminacy Festival focused on creating large-scale collaborative events which involved over a hundred participants and united a wide variety of disciplines and communities around solving complex problems. The festival was staged at Silo City for two years, UNCERTAINTY (2017), EMERGENCE (2018), and PASTFUTURE/FUTUREPAST at The Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve in 2019. In 2020 while on Fulbright, she staged a performance in partnership with suoni per il popolo at Sala Rossa in Montreal, entitled CREATING AN OPEN SYSTEM, hosted in collaboration with conductor Guillaume Bourgogne and his improvisation students at McGill University's Schulich School of Music. Previous festivals have been supported by New York State Council for the Arts, Mark Diamond Research Fund, the Physics and Media Study Departments at UB, Techne Institute, The Fulbright Foundation, and the College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowship. 


In Fall 2020, Stanzi launched The Indeterminacy Consulting Group (ICG) in development with McGill University's Building 21 and The Fulbright Foundation. At Building 21 she serves as an academic mentor. In this role, she trains students how to thrive within uncertainty, bringing The Indeterminacy Method to coach students how to improvise new solutions to complex problems.