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Presentation by Pascal Gielen and conversation between Pascal Gielen and Kobe Van Cauwenberghe as part of the think tank session "How We Work" by Cohort

The videos will also be played at the beginning of the zoom session.


Think tank session by Cohort, with Kobe Van Cauwenberghe, Myriam Van Imschoot and Pascal Gielen
Sun 08 August 2021, 16.00

In English
Video presentation by Pascal Gielen, pre-recorded conversation with Pascal Gielen and Kobe Van Cauwenberghe and Zoom discussion with Myriam Van Imschoot
Moderation: Kobe van Cauwenberghe (Cohort)

After a year-long cultural lockdown it seems more relevant than ever to think about our working methods and modus operandi in contemporary music. What are potential and sustainable alternatives to our current practices? How can we connect to a larger cultural scene and society as a whole? The session will start with a presentation by art-sociologist Pascal Gielen whose research on the commons as a pivotal resource for a sustainable creative biotope has been increasingly influential in the cultural sector. Building on Gielen’s presentation and on the potential role of the commons in our field, Kobe Van Cauwenberghe will talk with artist Myriam Van Imschoot whose unique work is defined by a multitude of artistic fields and media, ranging from dance and performance, film, sound-poetry, video-and sound installations, social artistic work and discursive practices. We will conclude with an open discussion about how our creation processes within the field of contemporary music can be infused or enlarged with new ideas and alternative working methods.

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation

Cohort is a Brussels based platform for new music ensembles and musicians, offering customised support to its members both on artistic as well as administrative levels. Cohort’s members regularly question the current practices within the context of (new) music and the arts in general. Together they are active partners for developing new contexts, concepts and presentations. Cohort offers a much needed platform for creative and critical exchange in the field of contemporary and experimental music through the sharing of knowledge, expertise and reflection. Cohort offers residencies that encourage experimentation in order to support artists who are in the early stages of the development of a new project.

References to pieces that were mentioned in the discussion:

Myriam Van Imschoot: What Nature Says (2015)

Myriam Van Imschoot: MARS (2021)

A trailer of Myriam Van Imschoot’s film Le Cadeau can be found here: