20-21 February 2013, Ghent Belgium

The fifth 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.


 The theme of the conference is:


Traces, Faces and Spaces of Artistic Research

When an artistic experiment happens, what is the nature of those elements that continue to resonate and those that evaporate? Whose face is laid bare and who will witness it? And when an artistic experiment ends, what traces remain, what faces are unmasked and what spaces are thrown open?

Informed by interdisciplinary knowledge and practices, experimentation is inherent to artistic research but its traces are often elusive and difficult to frame.  At the outset of an artistic experiment, the practising artist determines its contours and conditions; but in most respects, the event’s consequences are unforeseen, transient, open-ended and often idiosyncratic.

After an experiment in the arts has taken place, some of its faces become maps inviting further exploration, while others form epistemic overviews that can help to elucidate and disseminate the otherwise invisible processes inherent in an artistic practice. Still other traces remain unacknowledged or disappear, due to their extreme resistance to traditional modes of communication and understanding.

This two-day international seminar aims at exploring the complex impact of experimentation in artistic practice and artistic research. The Orpheus Institute welcomes proposals for presentations, compositions or performances that create conjunctions and disjunctions around the three notions of faces, traces and spaces of the artistic experiment.


Within this context, questions of particular interest include:
• What remains hidden, what is discovered, what disappears, once an artistic experiment is ended?
• What kind of traces does an artistic experiment leave? Epistemic? Experiential? … And where can these traces be found? In an artistic output? In a research output? 
• How will the artist cope with the consequences of the experiment? Which faces are altered, which faces are discovered and which faces remain? 
• Which spaces are opened by the artistic experiment?  What is the experiment's impact upon its surrounding context in terms of materials, cultures, history and practices?
• How can the outcome of artistic experimentation be of benefit to the artistic and the broader world? 


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

Keynote Lectures:


Efva Lilja (Choreographer, Professor and the Vice-Chancellor at DOCH, the University of Dance and Circus, Stockholm, Sweden)

Presentation: Dance doesn't exist


Joel Ryan (Musician, Composer, Docent at Royal Academy of Art, Ballett Frankfurt and Royal Conservatory of Music, The Hague)


Presentation: TBD


Organising Committee:


ORCiM Research Fellows Kathleen Coessens and Anna Scott.


William Brooks and Paulo de Assis complete the research evaluation panel.  


Dates & Deadlines:


The seminar will take place at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent, Belgium from Wednesday 20 February 2013 (beginning at 13:30) to Thursday 21 February 2013 (ending at 16:00).


• Deadline for Registering as Participant: February 8, 2013. Register or send us your proposal through




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, 2013.


• Address Bank: KBC - Kouter 175, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium
• Account number: IBAN: (BE36) 734 - 3341722 – 81 


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.

Travel Arrangements & Accommodation:


Participants should arrange their own travel and accommodation. We recommend the following websites when searching for a place to stay in Ghent: 
• (discounts for members of the academic community)


Detailed information on how to get to the Orpheus Institute (Ghent) can be found on the Orpheus Institute’s website:

For all practical information, please contact the Orpheus Institute’s Activities & Communication Manager: