Experience Music Experiment

Experience Music Experiment


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Pragmatism and Artistic Research

Challenging perspectives on artistic research in and through experimental discourse

(June 2021)

“Truth happens to an idea.” So wrote William James in 1907; and twenty-four years later John Dewey argued that artistic experience entailed a process of “doing and undergoing.” But what do these ideas have to do with music, or with research conducted in and through music—that is, with “artistic research”? In this collection of essays, fourteen very different authors respond with distinct and challenging perspectives. Some report on their own experiments and experiences; some offer probing analyses of noteworthy practices; some view historical continuities through the lens of pragmatism and artistic experiment. The resulting collection yields new insights into what musicians do, how they experiment, and what they experience—insights that arise not from doctrine, but from diverse voices seeking common ground in and through experimental discourse: artistic research in and of itself.

Contributors: William Brooks (Orpheus Institute), Richard Shusterman (Florida Atlantic University), Thibault Galland (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Ivana Miladinović Prica (University of Arts in Belgrade), Caitlin Rowley (Bath Spa University), Nicholas Brown (Trinity College Dublin / Orpheus Institute), Winnie Huang (Orpheus Institute / Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp), Fiona Smyth and Victoria Tzotzkova (Independent Scholars), Marco Fusi (Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp), Clare Lesser (New York University Abu Dhabi), Garry Hagberg (Bard College), Ann Warde (Independent Scholar), Deniz Ertan (Independent Scholar), Ambrose Field (University of York)