On the 1st of December, 7 pm, come to Ideas Block to a performative reading event by Budhaditya Chattopadhyay.
“A Nomad’s Guide to Listening”
Artist and writer Budhaditya Chattopadhyay will perform and read from his upcoming release A Nomad’s Guide to Listening (Touch, London). The work intends to contextualize contemplative thoughts triggered by a nomadic listener’s interaction with various intermingling auditory situations leaving their traces in field recordings.
The project considers the sounds of everyday as offering an entryway into a poetic-contemplative mood in which an itinerant traveller may indulge involving pre-cognition. Instead of negotiating the navigational “objects” in everyday sounds, the
traveller may prefer to remain detached as an elevated self and engage with the meditations and musings triggered by a nomadic mode of listening. Arguably, these poetic-contemplations and streams of thought emanate from the phenomenal world, but transcend towards the realm of contemplation as an inward resonance of listening.
Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is an Indian-born media artist, researcher, and writer, with a PhD in sound studies from Leiden University, The Netherlands. Chattopadhyay produces works for installation and live performance dealing with contemporary
issues such as climate change, human intervention in the environment and ecology, migration and exile. Conceptually, Chattopadhyay’s work questions the materiality, site-specificity, and objecthood of sound, and addresses the aspects of subjectivity, contemplation, mindfulness, and transcendence inherent in listening. His artistic practice intends to shift the emphasis from object to situation, and from immersion to
discourse in the realm of sound and media art. Chattopadhyay has received several fellowships, residencies and international awards.
A Nomad’s Guide to Listening is scheduled for a release in early 2018 on the
renowned label Touch, London, as an artist’s book and interactive audio archive.
Entrance fee : Donations