Research day on musical curation

  • Stragier, M. (Chair)
  • Jessie Cox (Visitor)
  • Tom De Cock (Participant)
  • Maarten Quanten (Participant)

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In today’s art music landscape, curation is a concept of great scope and pressing significance. Far more than just a presenter’s choice of program, an act of curation is an intricate aggregate of artistic choices that can be performed by every actor in the music industry. With these artistic choices, artists, presenters, and even audience members take position in a vast web of ramifications that run the gamut from questions of artistry, to philosophy, economics, and social issues.

This research day focused on the topic of curation in the field of new music. It presented three perspectives: Featured speaker Jessie Cox is a composer, drummer, and scholar who inscribes his work in the aspirations of Afrofuturism; Tom De Cock and Maarten Stragier are performers all too happy to break out of their traditional role in the creative process; and Maarten Quanten is a contemporary music programmer at De Bijloke, one of Belgium’s foremost concert halls.
Period23 Apr 2021
Event typeOther