New Inclusivity: a search for diversity in contemporary music
13 December 2017
Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, Witte Zaal - Desguinlei 25 - 2018 Antwerpen
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Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, ARIA
In this seminar, the focus lies on the creative process within different artistic and performative disciplines with a specific emphasis on diversity and diversification
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.
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