AMC colloquium on artful participation, on Wednesday 29 January

You are kindly invited to the Arts, Media & Culture Colloquium on Artful Participation – Doing Artistic Research with Symphonic Music Audiences by Ruth Benschop, Imogen Eve, Veerle Spronck, Peter Peters and Ties van de Werff.

When: Wednesday 29 January, 15.30
Where: Spiegelzaal, GG 80-82

In our presentation, we aim to discuss first results and insights from the NWO/SIA-funded four year Artful Participation-project, a collaboration between Maastricht University, Zuyd Hogeschool, and the South Netherlands Philharmonic. In this project, the practice of the symphony orchestra is studied as a case in scientific and artistic research on cultural reproduction in the 21st century. More specifically, we are interested in how orchestras are currently trying to innovate and improve the quality of audience participation.

The AP-project combines academic research into orchestral practices aimed at new forms of audience participation with artistic research to innovate these practices in artistically relevant ways. This artistic research takes place in experimental concert events that actively involve audiences in programming, making and assessing symphonic music. The reflection on these experiments will result in a learning model.


  • Ruth Benschop is reader at the Research Centre Autonomy and the Public Sphere in the Arts at Zuyd Hogeschool and co-applicant of the AP-project. Her interest is in the rich interspace between academic and artistic practices on the one hand, as well as the innovative methodological and exploratory opportunities of qualitative, participatory research.
  • Imogen Eve is trained as a classical violinist and is a creative director/designer and artistic researcher in the performing arts, specialising in the innovation of classical music through curatorial practices. Imogen blends her formative training as a musician and an actor to co-design the experiments in the AP-project.
  • Veerle Spronck graduated from the Research MSc Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology at FASoS on an ethnographic study of artistic research practices in the Netherlands and Flanders. In her PhD research in the AP-project, she empirically investigates the everyday practices of four symphonic practices to examine how and why orchestras try to innovate participation.
  • Peter Peters holds a chair in the innovation of classical music at FASoS and is co-applicant of the AP-project. His current research combines a lifelong passion for music in the making with an interest in how artistic practices can be a context for doing academic and practice-oriented research.
  • Ties van de Werff has a background in science & technology studies, empirical philosophy, and social design. As postdoctoral researcher in the project AP-project, Ties is involved in co-designing the experiments in the project, theoretically drawing on ethnography and experimentation in ‘the wild’.
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