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The Language(s) of Water

November 17, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - November 19, 2022 @ 6:00 pm

Re-imagining Tomorrow’s Water Sounds and Words through the Arts and Sciences

RASL workshop

17-18-19 November, Erasmus University College, Rotterdam

The RASL Winter Studio 2022 is a three-day transdisciplinary workshop in collaboration with Roma3 University.

For this interactive project we aim to combine different cultures, languages and sounds. The research theme wants to explore the interaction between words and music in songs belonging to different linguistic and musical traditions with its emotional impact on audiences as well as performers. Specifically the event is structured around the cultural relevance of water, the neuroscience of sounds and acoustic ecology. At the end of the three-day session, participants will present their contributions in a collective open concert.

Participants will be mentored by: Maddalena Pennacchia, Stefano Nencha and Stefano Nunzi. Maddalena Pennacchia is a full professor of English Literature at the Department of Foreign Languages Literatures and Cultures (LLCS) of Roma Tre University and a skilled singer. Stefano Nencha and Stefano Nunzi are renowned jazz musicians on the Italian jazz scene and they both teach in Rome. Guest professors include Chris Müller (EUC) and Josue’ Amador Valdez (Codarts).

The event will take place from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th of November at Erasmus University College in Rotterdam (Nieuwemarkt 1A). The application deadline is Monday 31st of October.

The RASL winter Studio welcomes performing artists, scholars, writers, scientists, designers, societal partners and people who would like to explore new research methods and develop collaborative practices that cross the boundaries between the arts and sciences.

Practical Information 

Dates: 17 to 19 November, 2022.

Time: 10:00-18:00 hrs, with occasional evening social moments.

Location: Erasmus University College, Nieuwemarkt 1A, Rotterdam

Fee: Participation is free of charge, but spaces are limited.


Thursday, 17th of November

15:00 – 18:00 Introduction and warm up exercises ( bring your own instruments; bring a recording, a poem, a video, a ‘movement’ also unfinished and write it down on a sheet of shared paper)

18:30 – 19:00 Briza performance by Madalena, Stefano N. and Stefano N. (Public event)

Friday, 18th of November

10:00 – 12:30 Listening lectures (given by Pennacchia, Müller, Amador)

13:00 – 15:30 Groupwork toward singular output

15:30 – 18:30 Liquid improvisation (jazz) and spoken words creation (rhythm speech) toward collective output

Saturday, 19th of November

10:30 – 13:00 Groupwork toward singular output / practice sessions

14:30 – 15:30 Eco-Performance (Public Event)

15:30 – 16:30 Reflection and closing

Application requirements

Applicants should have a Bachelor or Master degree in a relevant field, be entering their final year of a BA program, or have equivalent professional experience and backgrounds in the performing and visual arts, the sciences, humanities, and technology studies.

Would you like to take part in the RASL workshop? Please submit a written or audio-visual motivation and (including website or portfolio links) to Marco Aperti[aperti@euc.eur.nl].

The application deadline is October 31st.





November 17, 2022 @ 4:00 pm
November 19, 2022 @ 6:00 pm
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Erasmus University College Rotterdam