Unfolding the Process - Artistic Research in Context

'Unfolding the Process – Artistic Research in Context' is a three-day international symposium, organised jointly by the Norwegian Academy of Music’s Arne Nordheim Centre for Artistic Research (NordART)(Oslo), and the Orpheus Institute (Ghent), to be held on 17 to 19 November 2015.

  • Tirsdag 17. november 2015
  • 15.30
  • Norwegian Academy of Music
  • NOK 1000 (€ 115)


The Symposium is an opportunity for artist-researchers and scholars to come together and explore artistic research processes and their capacity to generate new knowledge, insights, and innovative results in music. Recent advances in artistic research have brought into focus the interconnection between music/performance practices and music education, sometimes challenging scholarly understandings of both fields. The symposium is an opportunity to delve more deeply into this interconnection.

The Arne Nordheim Centre for Artistic Research (NordART)

The Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH) has launched NordART as a conceptual home for collaborative research events such as this Symposium.  In emulation of Arne Nordheim’s open approach to creativity, the Centre’s activities range from honouring and revivifying the legacy of Norwegian and other music of the past to developing our understanding of musical practices of the present; from new curations of established work to new compositions and free improvisation. Above all it is dedicated to considering how artistic research work should impact upon music making in a socially-situated, global context.

In linking evolving artistic research practices with the ethos of personal and professional development that is strong in NMH, NordART aims to make distinctive contributions to research spheres within the Nordic countries and beyond.

The scope of artistic research

Artistic research generates new insights and innovative products, often crossing traditional disciplinary cultures in the arts and higher art education. The results of this research are manifested both in artistic production and in the documentation of, and reflection on, the processes leading to these results. The impetus from artistic research helps to stimulate new artistic and cultural practices, media formats, and content development. This Symposium is an opportunity to place the idea of 'unfolding the process' in the wider artistic research context.


Lasse Thoresen, Norwegian Academy of Music:
Emergent musical forms. The Aural Sonology Project at the Norwegian Academy of Music

Kjell Tore Innervik & Ivar Frounberg, Norwegian Academy of Music; Maziar Raein, Oslo National Academy of the Arts: Radical Interpretations

Alessandro Cervino, Orpheus Institute and LUCA - School of Arts, Campus Lemmens:
The Reflective Piano Class: a Self-Generating Experiment in Integrating Artistic Research into Higher Instrumental Training

Bernard Lanskey & Bernard Emmerson: 
About Time: Reflections and Refractions Relative to performing an arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations for two pianos


You may download the complete symposium programme (pdf) here.

Registration deadline

We kindly ask all participants (with or without papers/presentations), to use our external registration form (and pay the registration fee) no later than Friday 13 November 2015. Keynote speakers and invited guests do not have to use the registration form.

Participants from the Norwegian academy of music, please register by sending an email to fou@nmh.no

Registration fee

NOK 1000,- / € 115,- The fee includes lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, and concert ticket for Wednesday night.