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Ongoing project Towards An Amicable End proposes a sonic attempt to cope with the anxiety and uncertainty regarding climate crisis, through an exploration of fatalism as a survival strategy. It is re-generative work involving archival field recordings of primary climate variables like water, wind, and woods in the forest, gathered through extensive ethnographic research in ecologically troubled sites in South Asia, environmental phenomena transduced by custom-built radio receivers in the form of radio interference, and live generative processes, weaved together by double bass, violin and electronics, presented in a series of live collective performances with other artists and audiences alike.
Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is an artist, researcher, and writer. Incorporating diverse media, such as sound, text, and moving image, Chattopadhyay produces works for large-scale installation and live performance addressing contemporary issues of climate crisis, human intervention in the environment and ecology, urbanity, migration, race, and decolonization. Chattopadhyay holds a PhD in sound studies and artistic research from the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University, The Netherlands, an MA in new media from Aarhus University, Denmark, and a Diploma in cinema from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, India; he has recently completed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship. Chattopadhyay has received numerous fellowships, residencies and international awards. His works have been widely exhibited, performed or presented across the globe, and published by Gruenrekorder (Germany) and Touch (UK). Chattopadhyay is the author of The Nomadic Listener (Errant Bodies Press, 2020) and The Auditory Setting (Edinburgh University Press, 2021); his writings on various issues around media arts regularly appear in peer-reviewed journals, magazines and publications internationally.
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This talk introduces Chattopadhyay’s two books, placing them within his body of work around site, sound and sonic auto-ethnography. The Auditory Setting (2021) investigates how narrative and a sense of place are constructed in film and media arts through the reproduction and mediation of site-specific environmental sounds, or ‘ambience’.