Research Festival

Once a year in October, the Orpheus Research Centre in Music [ORCiM] runs a three-day long Research Festival of arts and ideas that showcases the recent work (in progress) of ORCiM researchers. It is the yearly appointment for everybody involved in artistic research in general and ‘Artistic Experimentation’ in particular. It includes performances, presentations, panels, concerts, and other networking activities.

Orpheus Research Festival 2015

From Wednesday September 30th through Friday the 2nd of October, 2015.


The Orpheus Research Festival is our annual showcase event of research, music and ideas, now in its seventh edition.

(im)possible worlds – new (im)possibilities

Orpheus Research Festival 2014

October 1 - 3, 2014

The Orpheus Institute invites you to its sixth annual Research Festival.

How can impossibilities and concepts touching impossible worlds trigger Artistic Research to generate new knowledge, new practice and new (im)possibilities relevant to artists and to researchers in- and outside our Artistic Research community?

Expansion and concentration, the incorporation of multidisciplinary tools and the radical focus on certain fields of expertise – these are the poles which will offer a provocative environment to the discourse on (im)possibilities at the 2014 Orpheus Research Festival.

Paths to Artistic Identity: Artistic Experimentation from Hades to Heaven

Research Festival 2013

October 2 - 4, 2013

A showcase festival of research, music and ideas

The 2013 edition of the ORCiM Research Festival represents the culmination of the centre’s three-year long concentration on the theme of Artistic Experimentation in Music. ORCiM has been using the concept of Artistic Experimentation as a catalyst for creating new understanding in Artistic Research across the artistic disciplines.  Processes of Artistic Experimentation in musical practice may provide novel ways of illuminating the new knowledge that arises through the experience of art making: generating novel concepts, developing atypical performances,  encouraging new technologies and innovative research outputs.– most relevant factors of the individual and the collective artistic identity.

This year’s Research Festival will present a series of interwoven outcomes, using the architecture and layout of the Orpheus Institute itself as a part of the ‘experimental system’. From its basement rooms to its recently completed rooftop additions, it is intended to generate a multi-layered environment of experimentation, engaging and involving audiences in a range of types and levels of discussion and participatory workshop activity.

X-periment: An international dialogue on artistic experimentation

Research Festival 2011

5 - 8 October 2011

The Orpheus Research Centre in Music [ORCiM] is pleased to announce that its Third Annual Research Festival will take place in October 2011.  This Festival will focus upon Artistic Experimentation and promises an unprecedented atmosphere of exciting and stimulating interaction, celebrating what is happening in artistic research in music on a global scale.  ORCiM has opened up its Third Annual Research Festival into a shared creative and critical forum with the Pentacon Group.

ORCiM’s current three-year theme of Artistic Experimentation is at the heart of the Research Festival. Experimentation is omnipresent in artistic practice and in the processes of music making. Artistic experimentation encompasses the actions that an artist undertakes in developing and constantly renewing personal artistic identity and expertise. Exploring this field has the potential to give greater insight into how art unfolds, and opens new possibilities for artistic practice and reception.

Unexpected variations

Research Festival 2010

15 - 16 - 17 September 2010

A total of almost two years’ intensive research in-and-through musical practice by the members of the Orpheus Research Centre in Music [ORCiM] culminates in the second ORCiM Festival of research, music and ideas.

Festival of Research, Music and Ideas

Research Festival 2009

16 - 17 - 18 September 2009

As the culmination of over a year of intensive research in-and-through musical practice by its members, the Orpheus Research Centre in Music [ORCiM] presents its first Festival of research, music and ideas.