Upcoming events

Futures of the Contemporary

Academy 2017

May 10–12, 2017

The contemporary points towards incommensurable definitions. Intensely debated in the fields of visual arts, art theory, and philosophy, it describes different practices, relating to disparate conceptual horizons. However, if distinguished from the contemporaneous of a given historical time, the contemporary becomes a selective concept: it promotes or excludes things and practices according to their ability of diagnosing previously unnoticed aspects of the present. In this sense, it gains a critical function, involving particular modes of relating to history and to one’s own time.

Previous events

Electric Salon with Derek Holzer and Jeroen Vandesande

Soundboxes workshop

Friday March 3, 2017 (10.00- 17.00) - FULLY BOOKED

SoundBoxes are small, primitive electro-acoustic instruments built from a wooden box, a speaker, a small audio amplifier and a contact microphone. Discover the hidden sonic qualities of objects from our everyday world in this hands-on workshop, combining the arts of electronics, noise, sculpture and collage. 


Orpheus Doctoral Conference 2017

22-23 February 2017

The Orpheus Doctoral Conference 2017, Traditions-Transitions, will explore how different modes of relationships between past and present affect musical performance practice and composition. Further, practitioners and researchers from the fields of music and social sciences will draw on Eric Hobsbawm’s notion of “invented traditions”, examining how traditions are forged, broken or interrupted and how they might be used as sources of renewal.


Credits photo: Karen Stuke

Electric Salon with Nicolas Collins

Hardware hacking

Thursday January 19, 2017

The second edition in a new series of events for sound artists, composers and performers who are engaged (or want to be engaged) with new (and not so new) technologies.
Electric Salons are developped for an invited  guest artist to share their work, discuss practical issues. Workshop and audio facilities are available in our new lab for work on personal projects or to develop ideas with the guest and with Orpheus researchers Juan Parra and Jonathan Impett. There is opportunity for participnants to present or discuss your own work and we hope to end each session with a performance in the concert hall: work you bring or create on the day, music from our guest, and collaborations.
The salons are informal, relaxed sessions for exchange and creation. Show, share and work together with others who are likewise serious about exploring new sound and music with technology.


Orpheus Instituut celebrates its 20th anniversary

13 - 15 November 2016

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2016-2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Orpheus Institute. We will celebrate this occasion with forty-eight hours of music, discussion and festivity to take place in Ghent from the afternoon of Sunday 13 November to the morning of Tuesday 15, 2016.

We would be very honored if you could join us in celebrating our jubilee for all or any of our activities.

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