Previous events

Electric Salon with Jan Schacher


Thursday June 22, 2017 (17.00 - 21.00)

Interfaces, sensors and Arduino. Jan Schacher (CH) introduces his movement-based work and shows how to work with the most common device, the Arduino. 

The Arduino hacking salon will provide musicians, media artists and hacking enthusiasts with an insight into interfacing the real world phenomena with digital sound processes or use them to control physical actions through electrical switches and devices. We will cover basic circuits, input connections, basic programming, and communication with sound software such as Pure-Data, MaxMSP, or supercollider, Processing. The sensors we look at capture light, movement, measure distance or sound with piezo sensors, and with the actuators such be solenoids (electromagnets), DC-motors, Servo-motors, piezo-speakers, and LED lights we will be able to make sounds on physical objects or analog electronics. No particular skills are needed, but an affinity with computers, electronics sounds and a curiosity to discover new ways of interacting are highly recommended. /

Electric Salon with Davide Tidoni


Thursday June 15, 2017 (17.00 - 21.00)

Davide Tidoni (IT) leads us in exercises in the new modes and experiences of listening offered by loudspeakers (‘sound, space and body’), using instruments you bring or have made in the hacking workshop.

The workshop is open to anyone concerned with the possibility of interaction between sound, space and listening. The main aim of the workshop is to offer, through direct practice, a wide range of listening experiences in order to lead participants to recognize sound as a concrete presence that puts the listener in relation with bodies, materials and space. Through the practice of specific exercises that stage phenomena of reflection, absorption, filtering and the threshold of audibility, a work will be developed on the perception of sound in space and the quality of one’s listening.

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.

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