Veerle Spronck (V.G.A.J.)
Veerle Spronck is a PhD candidate in the Philosophy department at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences since September 2017. She works for the Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music (MCICM). In her research, she ethnographically investigates the everyday practices of four symphonic orchestras to examine how and why they try to innovate participation. The aim is not to take the problems of symphonic orchestras for granted and join them in the search for solutions. Rather, Veerle examines how orchestras define their problems, how these problem definitions inform the design and performance of experimental concerts, and how these experiments then may lead to new criteria for the quality and relevance of symphonic music.
Veerle has obtained a BA in Art History (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and graduated cum laude from the Research MSc Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (Maastricht University, with a research-internship at McGill) on an ethnographic study of artistic research practices in the Netherlands and Flanders. During and after her studies, she worked as managing assistant for the Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH) and as researcher at the Research Centre for Arts, Autonomy and the Public Sphere, Hogeschool Zuyd.
Contemporary arts; Visual art and music practices; Ethnography; Science and Technology Studies; Art theory; Cultural studies; Artistic Research