Transdisciplinary Encounters in and Beyond Music

Paulo de Assis, Lucia D'Errico, Paolo Giudici, Filipa Botelho


2018 - ongoing

Principal Investigator: Paulo de Assis

Whereas in the traditional approach to Western notated art music performance is regarded as cultivated presentation or reverential representation of pre-existing, well-defined works and practices, MusicExperimentX: Transdisciplinary Encounters in and Beyond Music considers performance as a privileged locus for problematisation, significantly situating the practice of music beyond music. Musical objects and entities are to be questioned, and not uncritically reproduced and consumed. Exposing stratified musical entities (such as musical works, musical instruments, practices, or theoretical reflections), in dialogue with other kinds of things and artefacts, this project fosters innovation, aiming at the production of aesthetic and epistemic shiftings. The making of music becomes both a critical and a constructive act. Critical in the sense that it renegotiates the boundaries of pre-existing knowledges and practices. Constructive in that, through practice, it creates anew its own conditions and materialities.

MusicExperimentX: Transdisciplinary Encounters in and Beyond Music will design, develop, and realize several experimental performances, some of which in collaboration with leading music ensembles from Belgium, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands and Italy. It will publish diverse multimedia packages, two monographs, and four peer-reviewed articles. In addition to artists and researchers at different levels of experience and expertise (senior, postdoc, and doc researchers), the project will also include doctoral students from the docARTES programme.