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Sound Arguments

26th February 2023 @ 9:00 am - 6th June 2023 @ 3:00 pm

A close up of a record

An innovative laboratory-atelier for creative artists dealing with sound, presented by the Orpheus Institute, Ghent (BE), and ACPA, University of Leiden (NL).

Guests for the series will include CRiSAP Director Cathy Lane, Cecilia Arditto, Nicolas Collins, Julia EckhardtSanne Krogh Groth and many others.


‘Sound Arguments transcends the boundaries of art school or conservatory, art space or university to propose a new kind of creating-researching-learning community. It reaches into the broad and complex space of current art-sound practices. At Sound Arguments, artists will share, invent, learn and discuss.<

Our creative, imaginative relationship with sound has entered a fantastically rich period, facilitated and necessitated by cultural, social and technological evolution. Sound acts as a new parameter in a world evolved from the practices and theory of the visual arts or as a highly sophisticated art form in music composition and improvisation. It acts as a dimension of the plastic, installation and interactive arts. It provides a perspective on place, is a vital component of environmental art and a conveyor of information through sonification. It emerges as algorithmic surface, as the trace of virtuoso improvised performance or of informal social behaviour. And it provides an interface with technology.

Each of these perspectives has its own discourse, practices, techniques, cultural infrastructure and institutions. Sound Arguments is a locus for this rich tapestry, a space that aims to bring together sound artists with diverse, and complementary, backgrounds. Through sustained cross-fertilisation, they will participate in the evolution of new common discourse and individual critical practice.

At each of five monthly, two-day encounters you will meet and discuss with invited artists and experts, addressing issues from the abstract to the technical, from the social to the practical. Guest artists will act as catalysts for sharing and reflection between participants; you will acquire new techniques in workshops led by international experts, to stimulate and inform practice. All participants will be able to share their own projects in a wide-ranging, critical and supportive environment. As a community, we will expand horizons, vision and practice – and together hopefully evolve new discourse on contemporary sound-based practices.

Topics include:

  • Hardware hacking & DIY electronics
  • Live coding & creative coding
  • Digital fabrication & 3D printing
  • The body in performance
  • Field recording
  • Alternative spaces and venues
  • Sound art theory and practice
  • The audio paper
  • Sound installation
  • Notation


Sound Arguments will meet monthly from February – June 2023. Meetings will be held alternately in Ghent and The Hague. Sessions will run on Mondays 14:00-18:00 and Tuesdays 09:00-15:00.

  • February 27-28 2023 (The Hague)
  • March 27-28 2023 (The Hague)
  • April 17-18 2023 (Orpheus Institute, Ghent)
  • May 15-16 2023 (Orpheus Institute, Ghent)
  • June 5-6 2023 (Orpheus Institute, Ghent)

The nature of this series is such that numbers must be limited. Prospective participants are invited to apply to attend.


Read more and apply via the Orpheus Institute website


Image: Bob George, Duet, 1977



26th February 2023 @ 9:00 am
6th June 2023 @ 3:00 pm




Orpheus Institute
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