Following Orpheus Research Centre's first years of operation, when a small group of researchers carried out a number of diverse research projects, it became clear that a unifying strategy needed to be developed to give a coherent logic to the work and outputs of the research centre. At the time, it was quite adventurous to set out a single research focus for a group of more than ten – now around fifteen - international artist-researchers. Finding enough commonalities and modes of collaboration proved to be an experiment in itself.
The Orpheus Research Centre's strategy is based on 3 qualifying features:
A unique research perspective
The Orpheus Research Centre is the first of its kind to focus its research questions through the perspectives of the artist-researcher. The research builds on the unique expertise and insights of musicians and is constantly dialoguing with other disciplines. It aims to serve as a magnet for artists who cannot avoid being researchers.
A relevant research focus
Since 2010, the Orpheus Research Centre has developed its own research focus 'Artistic Experimentation in Music'. The core claim is that: ‘Experimentation is omnipresent in artistic practice and in the processes of music making.' Exploring this field has the potential to give greater insight into how art unfolds, and opens new possibilities for artistic practice and reception.
Node in a network
Based in Flanders, but international in its scope, Orpheus Institute and its research centre aim to serve as a ‘node’ through which new research findings can be shared. Through its institutional partners and contacts, and via the dissemination activities of its researchers both within and outside the Orpheus Institute, the Orpheus Research Centre provides a means of transferring knowledge efficiently from the world of research to that of musical practice and artistic education – and vice versa.