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Looking Outward

Seeing Music Practice in a New Light. Looking Outward is an act of curiosity and a belief that we can learn and create extraordinary things when we work across disciplines and sectors.

Looking Outward is an online short course for music students and recent alumni initiated by Mimi Harmer (UK) and Camilla Overgaard (DK) in collaboration with the Centre for Excellence in Music Performance Education (CEMPE).

The course itself is an act of curiosity inviting 30 participants from Europe and beyond to explore what they know and see it in a new light. Throughout the course the participants will learn from other specialisms with the aim of transferring skills to their own musical practice, creating new networks and enhancing their creative collaborations.

After its debut in 2021, this inspiring course will be repeated: inviting more students and alumni to approach learning with curiosity, compassion, and creativity. Looking Outward aims to help participants bridge the gap from where they are now to where they would like to be.

Thank you for doing this! This is a great concept which I've used personally to deepen my own understanding of my art, when one discovers the similarities and symmetries between the different fields of the human experience and the plethora of our creations, we manage to seam together and cross-link synapses; the tools of creation and curiosity are interdisciplinary and we should utilize whatever tools we pick up wherever we find them.

Looking Outward participant November 2021

The course consists of an introduction and 4 sessions (schedule below). In the sessions, you will learn from creatives and practitioners on topics including Mind Design, product design, and experience economy. You will explore how to transfer this knowledge to your musical practice in subsequent workshops facilitated by Mimi Harmer and Camilla Overgaard.

Looking Outward Learning Outcomes

  • To learn about, and critically engage with Mind Design as a concept and understand how to implement it in your daily practice.
  • To analyse and synthesise knowledge and understanding about other disciplines.
  • To develop your curiosity and critical thinking.
  • To develop your ability to collaborate creatively with others
  • To expand your international network.

Course schedule 2022

  • Introduction – 7 April 18:00–20:30 CET
  • Session #1 – 11 April 18:00–20:30 CET
  • Session #2 – 18 April 18:00–20:30 CET
  • Session #3 – 25 April 18:00–20:30 CET
  • Final Session / Session #4 – 5th of May 18:00–20:30 CET

Iannis Xenakis lectured music to his architecture students and architecture to his music students, both at a university level, for exactly this purpose. Keep it going!

Looking Outward participant November 2021

Really enjoyed the entire course and especially meeting everyone.

Looking Outward participant November 2021


The Looking Outward Team

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Published: Jun 23, 2021 — Last updated: Mar 24, 2022