Gesture, interdisciplinarity and new technologies

11 November 2020 - deSingel Antwerpen

Initiator: Alireza Farhang

(photo Haman Fouladvand)

This event has a focus on notation, gesture and new technology in the composition of interdisciplinary works. Through this event that consists of lectures, interactive presentation, round-table as well as the performance of Chuchotements burlesques, an entire piece for an actor, three musicians and electronics, we will attempt to study the notational strategies and motion capture that are brought forward with new technologies.

Today, thanks to the new technologies we are able to engage all our senses deeply in the perception of our environment that figures in music, sound and image. Thus the relationship between concept, notation, repetition and work was radically redefined; resulting in the draft processes themselves becoming autonomous artworks. Digital technologies have given rise to new forms of expressivity, allowing art and science to enter into a symbiotic relationship, hence an erosion of the conventional boundaries between different branches of art. Nowadays artists navigate flexibly between music and theatre, video and dance, in order to express more complex ideas. The logical manifestation of this is closer collaboration between artists; hence, there is a real and practical need for a lingua franca between artistic disciplines such as music, theatre, dance, as well as performances, installations and digital art.

(photo Haman Fouladvand)

One of the main objectives of this event is to create a platform of exchange for theoretical reflections and empirical attempts. The specialised musicians of the Antwerp based ensemble, HERMES, will feature a new version of a transdisciplinary work, entitled Chuchotements burlesques, which is considered as the outcome of the two years research project that the composer carried out during his residency in the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp in 2018 and 1019.

The event is public. However, through a call, artists, composers, researchers, as well as students of composition, dance and theatre of universities and conservatoires are invited to participate actively in the interactive presentation of the event.


  • 10:00 - 14:00  Rehearsal HERMESensemble - Gele Zaal
  • 15:00 - 15:30  Lecture by Ine Vanoeveren (Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp): Accessible tools as a way for interdisciplinairy development - Witte Zaal
  • 15:40 - 16:10  Lecture by Diemo Schwartz (Ircam, Paris): Tangible and Embodied Interaction with a Corpus of Sounds - Witte Zaal
  • 16:20 - 16:50  Lecture by François Paris (University of Côte d’Azur, Nice): Composer Desk - Witte Zaal
  • 17:10 - 17:40  Interactive Presentation by Pieter-Jan Maes and Tim Vets (Ghent University), Alireza Farhang - Witte Zaal
  • 18:20 - 18:50  Dress Rehearsal HERMESensemble - Gele Zaal
  • 19:30 - 20:00  Concert HERMESensemble Chuchotements burlesques (2019/2020) for one actor, trio and electronics - Gele Zaal
  • 20:00 - 20:30  Round Table with Pieter-Jan Maes (Ghent University), HERMESensemble, Bruno Boulzaguet (actor), Alireza Farhang (composer) Gele Zaal

This seminar is part of the yearly research festival 'Articulateat the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp and the Royal Academy of Antwerp.

(homepage photo Haman Fouladvand)