GOArt grew out of the activities in Gothenburg around organ and research and the new building for the School of Music and the department of Musicology in the early 90ties.
GOArt is a research center that specializes in integrated studies of instruments and performance. The pipe organ and its related keyboard instruments – the clavichord, harpsichord, harmonium, and fortepiano – form our research field.
GOArt’s research profile can be described as a dialectic among the instrument, the builder, the performer, and the music. All of these can be taken into account, investigated, and problematized. The instrument is respected as a coherent expression of an aesthetic and as such an agent that can teach the performer. Our first major research period from 1995 to 2000 included two large projects: The North German Organ Research Project (NGORP), and Changing Processes in North European Organ Art 1600–1970.
GOArt's research from 2000 to the present has seen a dynamic development in two main directions. Materials research has expanded via three major EU projects exploring questions that grew out of NGORP. Secondly, GOArt has been developing tools and methods within the field of cultural heritage preservation.
Since 1995, GOArt has strategically invested in collecting literature relevant for our research projects. The collection (an institutional reference library) contains about 4450 books, and 350 other items (scores, CDs, microfilms).
The North German Organ Research Project in Örgryte New Church has created an internationally recognized tool for performance research. Its construction, along with the installation of a nineteenth-century French romantic organ at the Academy of Music and Drama sparked a renewal of the organ park of Gothenburg in general. This environment is a result of infrastructure investments by the University of Gothenburg (GU) as well as collaboration with local congregations.
Together with the Academy of Music and Drama, GOArt constitutes a complete research and education environment for the study of organ and related keyboards.
GOArt is open to visitors Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10–12 and 13–15.
For visits or deliveries outside of these hours, please contact us.
Box 211, 405 30 Göteborg
Viktor Rydbergsgatan 24
46 (0)31-786 52 03
46 (0)31-786 52 00