‘Sounding Borders’ No. 3 – ‘Social Listening’ – An online lecture-performance with sound artist and researcher Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, March 23 2022

Incorporating diverse media, creative technologies and research, Chattopadhyay produces works for large-scale installation and live performance addressing contemporary issues of environment and ecology, migration, race and decoloniality.

This online event investigates how the mindful, subjective, and collaborative aspects of listening practices engages with the everyday environment in a pluriversal process of personal and community-driven sonic engagements, as termed “hyper-listening” and “co-listening” respectively and helps focus on the contemplation and capacity for reciprocity of the listener regarding his/her/their situational contexts and wellbeing. This approach generates an inclusive mode of engagement with lived environments, the community and co-habiting others by a production of context-aware subjectivity.

Drawing on Jean-Luc Nancy’s work Listening (2017) and departing from Michel Chion’s listening modes described in his book Audio-Vision (1994), hyper-listening and co-listening operate as a set of individual and collective exercises and experiments in sonic medi(t)ation that intends to encourage listening to self and others without making immediate judgments by transcending ontological and epistemological constraints of sound. The idea revolves around listening as a mindful act to compassionately engage with the self and the environment, and bodies that inhabit it, namely humans, plants, animals, and other sentient beings in a more-than-human society. Challenging the Western modernist idea of listening as immediate meaning-making by deductive conclusions to facilitate everyday navigation, in this lecture-performance-workshop, the collaborative investigation is focused on how hyper-listening and co-listening together underscore emancipatory acts of listening towards generating an acoustic solidarity and empowerment to provide solace, care and empathy in times of planetary turmoil and crises.

Social Listening will be hosted via Zoom. Participants can join using this link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88457832646?pwd=UGdzTVUrYmZIdjFPaGJQdE1iRStrUT09 or via via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/budhaditya-chattopadhyay-social-listening-tickets-577202226397. The event will be divided into an artist talk, a lecture on hyper- and co-listening, and a workshop. No preparation is needed, but participants may want to bring paper and pens or other note-taking tools.

This event is part of Sounding Borders, a series of public events including performances, workshops and discussions that question how borders are shaped, controlled and embodied through sound. To find out more about Sounding Borders events, please check the Extra Sonic Practice website for updates. Sounding Borders is supported by PEARL and Decolonising at Lincoln.

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay has received numerous residencies, fellowships, and international awards. His sound works have been widely exhibited, performed or presented across the globe, and released by Gruenrekorder (DE) and Touch (UK). Chattopadhyay has an expansive body of scholarly publications in the areas of media art history, theory and aesthetics, cinema and sound studies in leading peer-reviewed journals. He is the author of three books, The Nomadic Listener (2020), The Auditory Setting (2021), and Between the Headphones (2021). Chattopadhyay holds a PhD in Artistic Research and Sound Studies from the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University, and an MA in New Media from the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University.


Photograph courtesy: Liminaria 

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