DATE: 21-06-2017

AEC European Platform for Artistic Research in Music (EPARM) 2017 at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp, Belgium – a brief report

The AEC European Platform for Artistic Research in Music (EPARM)  2017 took place at the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp on 20-22 April under the title "Staging Research: from the laboratory to the stage and back again".
The event welcomed music researchers, educators and/or performers to a three day exploration of the bonds between artistic research and professional music production aiming at formatting a current state of affairs of the relation between artistic research performed at the academia and the implications on the field of music production, and vice versa. Questions such as ‘how can research be presented on stage?’, ‘how can research be influenced by the process of bringing it to the stage?’, ‘how can research activities relate to artistic production?’, or ‘Do artistic criteria change when bringing artistic research to the stage?’ were addressed by the three keynote sessions and the 24 parallel sessions where researchers all over the world had the opportunity to present and discuss their work.

In particular, the 3 keynote presentations on the project “Infinite Now” by Chaya Czernowin, the performance and the speech on the artwork “Revelation” by Veerle Fraeters, Wim Henderickx and Wouter Van Looy , and the lecture performance on the music of Paolo Litta by Frank Agsteribbe and Guido De Neve were three strong example proposed by the Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp on how artistic research can be a fundamental element of stage production. Besides these 3 very highly appreciated keynote presentations, the audience also gave very positive feedback on some of the projects carried out all over the world and presented  during the parallel sessions, such as "Artistic Research as a demonstration of an Ecology of Practices:the Creative Laboratory of CORPoREAL"  by Kathleen Coessens, Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp; " Vexations: La Serie"  by Adriano Castaldini, Conservatorio di Musica Trieste; " Schubert Revised" , by Frank Harvoy & Gunnar Flagstad, Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, and " Documenting and Disseminating my Doppelganger: Reflections on the staging of an improvised, interactive performance in both live and online contexts"  by Stephen Emmerson, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, " Between Word and Music: GIBBERISH", by Shaya Feldman, Orpheus Institute Ghent, and " Performance Practice of Electroacoustic Music: A Practice-Based Exchange between Musicology and Performance" , by Toro Peréz and Lucas Bennet, Zurich University of the Arts.

More information on the event, all the abstracts and biographies of the speakers as well as the presentations of the keynote speakers can be found  on the EPARM section of AEC website.

The next meeting of the EPARM will take place at the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo (ESMAE), Porto, on 22-24 March 2018.