creative (mis)understandings

Methodologies of Inspiration

 

Abstract

 

This project aims to develop transcultural approaches of inspiration (which we regard as mutually appreciated intentional and reciprocal artistic influence based on solidarity) by combining approaches from contemporary music composition and improvisation with ethnomusicological and sociological research. We encourage creative (mis)understandings emerging from the interaction between research and artistic practice, and between European art music, folk and non-western styles, in particular from indigenous minorities in Taiwan. Both comprehension and incomprehension yield serendipity and inspiration for new research questions, innovative artistic creation, and applied follow-ups among non-western communities.

The project departs from two premises: first, that contemporary western art music as a practice often tends to resort to certain degrees of elitism; and second, that non-western musical knowledge is often either ignored or merely exploited when it comes to compositional inspiration. We do not regard inspiration as unidirectional, an “input” like recording or downloading material for artistic use. Instead, we foster artistic interaction by promoting dialogical and distributed knowledge production in musical encounters. Developing inter­disciplinary and transcultural methodologies of musical creation will contribute on the one hand towards opening up the—rightly or wrongly supposed—“ivory tower of contemporary composition”, and on the other hand will contribute towards the recognition of the artistic value of non-western musical practices. By highlighting the reciprocal nature of inspiration, creative (mis)understandings will result in socially relevant and innovative methodologies for creating and disseminating music with meaning.

The methods applied in the proposed project will start out from ethnographic evidence that people living in non-western or traditional societies often use methods of knowledge production within the sonic domain which are commonly unaddressed or even unknown among western contemporary music composers (aside from exotist or orientalistic appropriations of “the other”).

The project is designed in four stages: field research and interaction with indigenous communities in Taiwan with a focus on the Tao people on Lanyu Island, collaborative workshops in Vienna, an artistic research and training phase with invited indigenous Taiwanese coaches in Vienna, and feeding back to the field in Taiwan. During all these stages, exchange and coordination between composers, music makers, scholars and source community experts will be essential in order to reflect not only on the creative process, but also to analyse and support strong interaction between creation and society. Re-interaction with source communities as well as audience participation in the widest sense will help to increase the social relevance of the artistic results.

The University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (MDW) will host the project. The contributors are Johannes Kretz (project leader) and Wei-Ya Lin (project co-leader, senior investigator) with their team of seven composers, ten artistic research partners from Taiwan and six artistic and academic consultants with extensive experience in the relevant fields.

 

NEWS


Conferences 2020

We will present our PEEK project "creative (mis)understandings" at two of the most important Artistic Research conferences in 2020:

11th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research 2020 "Crisis Collective!",University of Bergen, Norway 25-27 March 2020, CANCELLED

http://sar2020.uib.no

 

AEC European Platform for Artistic Research in Music (EPARM) Conference 2020 @ Royal Academy of Music in London, 16-18 April 2020

CANCELLED

https://www.aec-music.eu/events/european-platform-for-artistic-research-in-music-eparm-2020

 

 

Interim Presentation at mdw 
The interim presentation at the University for Music and Performing Arts (mdw) will take place on
Fri, June 19, 2020, 4:00 p.m.


Location:
University for Music and Performing Arts
Bankettsaal (AW SEG23)
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1
1030 Wien

 

 

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Report on the website of the Taiwanese embassy (German)

Article in the mdw Magazin 

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creative (mis)understandings
kretz@mdw.ac.at

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ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag.art. Johannes Kretz

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ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag.art. Johannes Kretz
Mag.art. Wei-Ya Lin, PhD
Mag.phil. Daliah Hindler

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Project Leaders:

Johannes Kretz: kretz@mdw.ac.at

Wei-Ya Lin: lin@mdw.ac.at

 

Press Contact:

Daliah Hindler: hindler-d@mdw.ac.at