EXPO: Nature

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Primary Investigator

David de Roure, Professor of e-Research

Fellow of Wolfson College

Oxford e-Research Centre



About the project:

EXPO is a festival for new music in Oxford that brings University and local musicians together with internationally renowned guest artists. Following the cancellation of the debut edition in May 2020 due to lockdown, EXPO returns on 22-23 January 2021 for a weekend of live and online concerts, talks, installations, and workshops that explore the theme of nature. Expect mushroom songs, interactive installations with plants, immersive electronics, evocative musical landscapes, and improvisations responding to concepts of multispecies music and the anthropocene.


Guest artists include Jennifer Walshe, the Oxford Improvisers, and the festival's ensemble-in-residence, Explore Ensemble, as well as several other local and UK-based musicians, researchers, and artists. The 2021 edition also sees the first outing of the new Oxford Loudspeaker Orchestra (OLO) in several concerts and installations throughout the festival.


EXPO offers a platform for practice-based research and public engagement projects, particularly for music and art students, but also focuses on supporting the lively artistic communities in Oxford beyond the university. The festival is supported by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) as part of their Humanities Cultural Programme, as well the Hinrichsen Foundation, the RVW Trust, PRS Foundation's Open Fund, St Hilda's College Research Committee, and the Oxford Science and Poetry Network (SciPo).

Part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones for the

future Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities.