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Budhaditya Chattopadhyay

sic ! sound in context

6 Feb 2024 | sic ! artist talk

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Sonic Psychogeography : Walking, Listening, Placemaking


Budhaditya Chattopadhyay


6 Feb 2024, 7pm

Liet­zen­burg­er Str. 45
10789 Berlin
3.OG, 315

The talk emerges from Chattopadhyay’s expan­sive prac­tice with sit­u­at­ed lis­ten­ing and psy­cho­geog­ra­phy, man­i­fest­ed in their var­i­ous projects over the years. The talk inves­ti­gates how a sense of place is re-con­struct­ed in sound and audio­vi­su­al media works through the record­ing and medi­a­tion of site-spe­cif­ic son­ic ele­ments, such as envi­ron­men­tal sounds. How engag­ing the medi­at­ed pres­ence of a place becomes depends on the sen­si­tiv­i­ty and care with which artists and prac­ti­tion­ers lis­ten to the site by a psy­cho­geo­graph­ic approach, defy­ing the car­to­graph­ic quan­tifi­ca­tion of place. Chat­topad­hyay dis­cuss­es sev­er­al sound-works, includ­ing a num­ber of their own art­works to explore var­i­ous posi­tions of human agency and affor­dances in re-pro­duc­ing space and place in audio­vi­su­al media, and the artis­tic sen­si­bil­i­ties for self-critic.

Bud­ha­ditya Chat­topad­hyay is a con­tem­po­rary artist, researcher, and writer. Chat­topad­hyay pro­duces works for large-scale instal­la­tions and live per­for­mance address­ing issues of envi­ron­ment and ecol­o­gy, migra­tion, race, and decolo­nial­i­ty. His works have been wide­ly exhib­it­ed, per­formed, or pre­sent­ed across the globe. Chat­topad­hyay has an expan­sive body of schol­ar­ly pub­li­ca­tions in artis­tic research, media the­o­ry and aes­thet­ics in lead­ing peer-reviewed jour­nals. He is the author of four books includ­ing The Nomadic Lis­ten­er (2020), The Audi­to­ry Set­ting (2021), Between the Head­phones (2021), and Sound Prac­tices in the Glob­al South (2022). Chat­topad­hyay holds a PhD in Artis­tic Research and Sound Stud­ies from the Acad­e­my of Cre­ative and Per­form­ing Arts, Lei­den Uni­ver­si­ty, and is cur­rent­ly a Vis­it­ing Pro­fes­sor at the Crit­i­cal Media Lab, Basel, Switzerland.

sic ! sound in context

Lec­ture series with inter­na­tion­al guests on sound art, elec­tron­ic com­po­si­tion and sound-relat­ed media art with talks, pre­sen­ta­tions and lec­ture performances.


A coöper­a­tion of
Sound Stud­ies and Son­ic Arts  (MA) | UdK Berlin


UdK Berlin UNI.K  | Stu­dio for elec­troa­coustic com­po­si­tion, sound art and sound research

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