MusicExperiment21 (ME21) is a five-year artistic research programme (2013-2018) based at the Orpheus Institute Ghent and funded by the European Research Council. It explores and develops notions of ‘experimentation’ in order to challenge dominant performance practices of Western notated art music.
ME21 brings together diverse artistic, performative, historical, methodological, epistemological, and philosophical approaches that contribute to a new experimental attitude, crucially moving from interpretation towards experimentation—a central term that is not used in relation to measurable phenomena, but rather to an ‘attitude’, to a willingness to constantly reshape thoughts and practices, to operate new redistributions of the sensible, affording unpredictable reconfigurations of music, art, and societal practices.
ME21 is generating new modes of music performance, innovative approaches to historically received materials, and original media for the exposition of artistic research in music. By integrating into performance materials that go beyond the score (sketches, texts, concepts, images, and videos), it offers a broader contextualization of works within a transdisciplinary horizon. The productive interaction between performance, composition, musicology, philosophy and epistemology generates a network of aesthetic-epistemic outputs, which emerge at different professional stages (including doctoral and post-doctoral researchers), and in the context of leading international projects and ensembles (such as the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the Hermes Ensemble and the Ensemble Interface).
ME21 core researchers are Dr. Paulo de Assis (Principal Investigator), Dr. Michael Schwab, Dr. Juan Parra C., Lucia D’Errico (docARTES), Paolo Giudici (Royal College of Arts, London), Heloísa Amaral (docARTES), and Dr. Jan Michiels (Royal Conservatory, Brussels).
Read the outline of the ME21 Research Programme