ORCiM Seminar 2014: The Limits of Control

Orpheus Research Centre in Music [ORCiM]
ORCiM Seminar 2014
Tradition, Experiment and the Imagination in Musical Performance
26-27 February 2014, Ghent, Belgium

Practitioners from all disciplines are invited to submit proposals for presentations.

Deadline for Proposals: December 2, 2013.

Proposals should consist of an abstract of c.300 words, providing a brief account of the paper’s rationale, method of investigation and findings. In addition, proposals should include the title of the presentation, name and institutional affiliation of each author, short curriculum vitae, contact information and required technical support. Please indicate whether your presentation includes live music.

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Presentations will be allocated 30 minutes; this includes 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

Notification of acceptance will be made by mid-January, 2014. Send us your proposal through info@orpheusinstituut.be


The sixth International ORCiM Seminar, organised at the Orpheus Institute, offers the opportunity for contributors from around the world to gather and explore specific aspects of ORCiM’s research focus: Artistic Experimentation in Music.

This year’s seminar aims to explore various facets of the nature and limits of control in musical performance, as well as the territory that lies beyond those limits. We are interested in examining familiar binaries such as the artist/researcher, the composer/performer, and the audience/performer from fresh angles, as well as how concepts of fixity, extemporisation and improvisation might relate to, resist or elucidate the limits of control. We are less concerned about defining where these limits lie, but rather seek to explore them as open-ended questions. It may be interesting to not merely think of “the tradition” as equivalent to “control” and “the imagination” as equivalent to “experimentation”, as  these notions can often be reversed. Questions of perception, embodiment, reception and psychology – from the perspective of the composer, performer and audience – are all highly relevant to these explorations.

This two-day international seminar endeavours to explore the profound impact of experimentation in both artistic practice and artistic research, and the Orpheus Institute welcomes proposals for presentations that raise questions relevant to the spaces between and beyond the limits of control in artistic experimentation. This call is not for performances per se, but rather for presentation formats that are more open and inclusive than the read paper. Such formats may include, while not being limited to, the inclusion of live performance, traces of performances, and/or the adoption of a performative format of presentation.

This seminar will be relevant for all artists and music practitioners working in areas of research linked to artistic experimentation. Proposals related to any aspect of the seminar topic are welcome. The submissions should contribute to greater insight into how art unfolds, opening new possibilities for artistic creation, understanding and reception.

Keynote Lectures:

Andrea R. Halpern, Professor of Psychology, Bucknell University, USA

Iarla Ó Lionáird, Traditional Artist in Residence, University College Cork, Ireland

Dates & Registration:

The seminar will take place at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent, Belgium from Wednesday 26 February 2014 (beginning at 13:30) to Thursday 27 February 2014 (ending at 16:00).

◾Deadline for Registering as Participant: February 7, 2014. Register through info@orpheusinstituut.be  or through our website (www.orpheusinstituut.be)

Registration fee: €50. (The fee includes coffee breaks, a Wednesday dinner and Thursday lunch.)

Note: Free for all full-time conservatory students under the age of 26. And; Participants whose proposals have been accepted, and who will thus be presenting during the seminar, do not pay the admission fee! Participants who received confirmation (through e-mail) of their registration, are asked to transfer the registration fee into our account before February 15, 2014.

Address Bank: KBC – Kouter 175, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium Account number: IBAN: (BE36) 734 – 3341722 – 81 SWIFT/BIC Code: KREDBEBB

Participation is only then confirmed when the total amount due is paid into our account! We kindly ask you to provide us with a proof of payment of the admission fee. You will then receive confirmation by e-mail.

Organising Committee:

ORCiM Research Fellows Bob Gilmore, Valentin Gloor and Luk Vaes, and ORCiM Doctoral researcher Anna Scott (research evaluation and organisation).

For all practical information, please contact the Orpheus Institute’s Activities & Communication Manager: jonas.tavernier@orpheusinstituut.be


Orpheus Research Centre in Music [ORCiM] – Orpheus Institute, Korte Meer 12, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium 0032 9 330 40 81 – info@orpheusinstituut.bewww.orpheusinstituut.be