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Date and location

from May 16, 2024 until May 17, 2024

Orpheus Instituut: Korte Meer 12, 9000 Ghent

ODC 2024 Media in Music and Sound Arts: Awareness, Interaction, and Identity

News Event Callfrom May 16, 2024 until May 17, 2024

The Orpheus Doctoral Conference (ODC) is a yearly event organised by docARTES PhD students. As artist-researchers, what happens when our intentions contradict a medium's affordances? How in our practice do we navigate the distinct qualities and limitations of each medium?

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Reflecting on the roles that media play in artistic practices both challenges conventional boundaries and enriches artistic narratives. Musicians and other creative practitioners communicate through media while at the same time they are influenced by a medium's affordances. The interaction between media and artists is further complicated in contemporary artistic performance environments from the moment artists integrate multimedia installations or digital instruments in their practice, embracing advancements in technology such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

This conference invites artist-researchers to discuss how different media have impacted the creative process and have shaped artists’ identities throughout history, from print, radio, and television, to today’s various digital and interactive platforms. We envision the following questions as starting points:

  • How does a medium contribute to the creative processes of performers or composers while, at the same time, defining their artistic identities?
  • Does a historical instrument, either as a medium or an aesthetic choice, interfere with contemporary concert settings?
  • How do different media impact the audience's and performer's realities?
  • How has media evolution influenced the way art and culture are curated, produced, distributed, and consumed?


DAY 1: 10:00-13:00 Session 1; 14:00-18:00 Session 2

9:15-9:45 Registrations

9:45-10:00 Welcome Address

Jelena Perisic
Irish World Academy of Music And Dance, University of Limerick 
Intermedia: Making the boundaries between sound, music, visuals, and text fluid

Avery Gosfield
docARTES, University of Amsterdam
The Deep Dive: Video as a HIPP tool

Coffee Break 

11:40-13:00 Discussion Jelena Perisic, Avery Gosfield, Margherita Brillada, Paulo Dantas


Fabrizio Nastari
Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
The Influence of Period Instruments on Composer Aesthetics: Navigating Tradition and Innovation through Information Theory

Berk Yagli
University of the Arts London
Zen of Aggression: Composing the Transformational Hybrid

Vittoria Ecclesia
Estonian Academy of Music and
Theatre Transcending Time: Historical Clarinet in Contemporary Music

Coffee Break 

16:30-18:00 Discussion Fabrizio Nastari, Berk Yagli, Vittoria Ecclesia, Anastasios Zafeiropoulos, Yannis Patoukas

DAY 2: 9:00-13:00 Session 3

Grace Hyun-Sun Park
Royal Irish Academy of Music
Legacy of multimedia artist Nam June Paik: how he influenced contemporary art through the fusion of technology, media and creativity

Zach Dawson
University of Birmingham
Composing Through Media

Coffee Break 

11:30-13:00 Discussion Grace Hyun-Sun Park, Zach Dawson, Paulo Dantas, Yannis Patoukas



Location: Orpheus Instituut, Korte Meer 12, 9000 Ghent

Presentations duration/format:

  • 20 minutes + 20 minutes Q&A
  • We are open to all presentation formats including prerecorded-only, live-only or a combination.

Deadline: 21st April 2024

Registration fee:

  • € 30 for DAY 1 & 2 (lunch included)
  • € 70 for DAY 1 & 2 (lunches and dinner included)

Participation is free of charge for researchers and students affiliated with Orpheus Institute and docARTES.

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