New Inclusivity - A search for diversity in contemporary music

December 13.2017 - Royal Conservatoire Antwerp

Initiator: Ine Vanoeveren

Inclusivity: ‘the non-exclusion of members or participants on grounds of gender, race, social class, sexual preference, disability, etc.’

In a broader context, this term can also be expanded to the inclusivity of artistic disciplines, artists and artistic researchers focusing on different aspects of the contemporary music scene.

In this seminar, the focus lies on the creative process within different artistic and performative disciplines, with a specific emphasis on diversity and diversification. The research projects currently being undertaken in the research group ‘Creation’ (KCA) deal with ethnomusicology in contemporary performance practice, gender-related issues in new music, the use of a variety of multimedia sources, instant composing and improvisation, etc., and are representative of the modern-day music scene.

Inclusivity is the new ‘it word’ within the worldwide contemporary music landscape: GRINM (Gender Research in New Music), the frustrations around all-male panels, the dominance of white performers at the four most important and famous contemporary music festivals in Europe… We still have a long way to go in fighting the biases and archaic power structures in music and art in general.

But it is not only the more politically loaded subjects that will be discussed at this seminar: the word ‘inclusivity’ within artistic research also means inclusion of and openness towards interdisciplinary and boundaryless performances (in every sense of the word), where artists challenge the limits between reality and virtuality using a variety of technological devices and multimedia approaches.

As a research group at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, which breathes diversity, creativity and cutting-edge performances, ‘Creation’ is delighted to present a topical and sometimes even controversial seminar with a broad variety of influences and impressions.

Contributions by:

  • Liselotte Sels
  • Ine Vanoeveren
  • Kobe Van Cauwenberghe
  • Amit Gur
  • Hans Roels
  • Wim Henderickx

Venue: Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, Witte zaal, 13:00


13:00 welcome

13:15 Liselotte Sels: EMRUZ Today - New Music from Iran and the Iranian diaspora

13:45 Wim Henderickx: Intercultural influences in the music of Wim Henderickx

14:15 Ine Vanoeveren: Cassandra’s Dream Song - Conceptualizing a myth

14:45 break with coffee and pastries made by Syrian women (Witte Foyer)

15:00 - 17:00 simultaneous workshops:

  • Amit Gur: Texture as an Interdisciplinary Concept in Arts (classroom 147)
  • Kobe Van Cauwenberghe: No (more) Pussyfooting (Witte Zaal)
  • Hans Roels: Site-specific composing (storage room behind Witte Zaal (4th Floor)

17:00 break with snacks made by Syrian women (Witte Foyer)

17:30 Panel-discussion: Intercultural elements in new music composition

  • Panel: Wim Henderickx (RCA), Carlos Brito Dias (RCA) 
  • On Skype: Anahita Abbasi (UCSD), Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh (UCSD), Marcelo F. Lazcano (UCSD, Fernanda Navarro (UCSD)

18:30 reception (Witte Foyer)


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