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ORCiM Seminar 2016

Performance, Subjectivity and Experimentation in Artistic Research: An Interdisciplinary Seminar

The arts of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have pushed us relentlessly to question inherited notions of the self, expression and communication: to ask ourselves, again and again, who we think we are and how we can speak meaningfully to one another. Increasing globalisation and the development of recording and photographic technologies, running alongside psychoanalytical understandings of selfhood and the impact of scientific principles of uncertainty, are often theorized as having prompted a crisis of identity, representation and authenticity. At the same time, the throwaway playfulness of pop culture and digital manipulation offer endless possibilities for self-reinvention. It is perhaps harder than ever to know who 'I' am, but 'I' am ever more self-aware. The fluid, dynamic, embodied and contingent qualities of subjectivity are experienced on an everyday basis.

Within arts practice, a ‘performance turn’ has allowed for a stronger focus on the production and experiencing of subjectivity in the context of live events: as ephemeral, dynamic, contingent and embodied, resisting conceptualisation into a stabilised notion of an artwork.

The aim of this seminar is to examine examples of such practice. The event will feature presentations, performances and installations by artist-researchers from across Europe  –  whose work relates to these questions:

  • How is subjectivity instantiated and embodied in performance?
  • How does the activity of performance reflect and shape our understanding of felt experience?
  • How do the dynamic relationships between performer, materials, and context constitute the production of subjectivity?
  • How do these issues relate to understandings of creativity and identity?


The seminar will open at 13:00 on February 24th, 2016, and close at 16:00 the next day.

The event will feature presentations, performances and installations by artist-researchers from across Europe and a Keynote lecture by Deniz Peters (University of Music and Performing Arts Graz), titled: Out of the Self – Into the Musical Other: Improvisation as an Artistic Inquiry into Subjectivity, Empathy, and Instrumentality. 

An evening concert on day 1 includes performances of Hogg:Peters:Vogel (Trio with violin, piano, flute and electronics), Catherine Laws (piano and electronics), Stefan Östersjö (guitar) and Richard Craig (flute).  

A final and detailed schedule for the 2-day event will be published online at www.orpheusinstituut.be


Online registration is now open at www.orpheusinstituut.be

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

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