Paulo de Assis

about the author

Paulo de Assis is Fellow Researcher at the Oprpheus Institute, Ghent and  general chair of the DARE conferences. He is an artist-researcher with transdisciplinary interests on Philosophy, French Post-Structuralism, and Epistemology.

He studied Piano with Vitaly Margulis and Alexis Weissenberg (a.o.) and Musicology with Jürg Stenzl and André Richard (a.o.), receiving a PhD and a post-doctoral appointment on the works of Luigi Nono. Commissioned by the Foundation Giorgio Cini (Venice, 2003), he completed Camillo Togni’s Piano concerto—a piece that remained unfinished at the composer’s death.

Between 2009 and 2012 he was Senior Researcher at the Centre for the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music (CESEM) at the University Nova Lisbon and Research Fellow at the Orpheus Research Centre in Music [ORCiM].

For the period 2013-2018 he was granted a European Research Council Starting Grant for the project “Experimentation versus Interpretation: exploring new paths in music performance in the twenty-first century,” hosted at the Orpheus Institute, in Ghent (Belgium). He has authored two books (on the music of Luigi Nono and Camillo Togni) and edited four others (on music notation and on contemporary composers).

info & contact


Orpheus Institute, Ghent, BE


paulo.deassis [AT]



Deleuzabelli Variations # 4
(in DARE 2015: the dark precursor )
keywords: encounter, Johannes Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, variation, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Dialogue III: On Music or The Combat of Chronos and Aion
(in DARE 2015: the dark precursor )
keywords: aion, chronos, Pierre Boulez, singularity

Aberrant Nuptials
(in DARE 2017: aberrant nuptials )
keywords: Robert Schumann, Roland Barthes

Dialogue II: New Materialism(s) for Artistic Research
(in DARE 2017: aberrant nuptials )
keywords: artistic research, material/ism

Untimely Variations. A Video Interview with Paulo de Assis
(in DARE 2015: the dark precursor )
keywords: chronos, difference, repetition, resistance, variation

DARE 2017 Opening Speech
(in DARE 2017: aberrant nuptials )
keywords: artistic research, assemblage, dark precursor, desire, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, metastability, nuptial

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Nietzsche 6+1: The Weight of Music
(in DARE 2017: aberrant nuptials )