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Orpheus Institute - Ghent, Belgium

Call for proposals: Serendipity - The Unsought Discovery

16 November 2022

NEW Deadline for proposals: 8 September 2022

"Serendipity - The Unsought Discovery"

While notions of emergence, chance and indeterminacy have been the topic of numerous artistic research and musicological investigations, serendipity within the arts and specifically in music remains largely unexplored. This conference aims to enquire about serendipity in the creative practice of musicians, including, but not limited to, interpretation, composition, curating a program and choosing musical partners.

Above all, the conference questions the inherent paradox: is it possible to prepare for the unexpected?  How can we optimize conditions in our musical practice in order to allow for the unexpected to emerge?

Among different scholarly perspectives, the conference welcomes artistic research especially.

More info at the event website

Keynote speakers:

  • Marije Baalman (Independent artist and researcher/developer working in the field of interactive sound art, Amsterdam, The Netherlands).
  • Michiel Braam (Head of the Jazz & Pop Department at ArtEZ, Arnhem, The Netherlands)
  • Iwan Wopereis (Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Open University of the Netherlands)




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