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Budhaditya Chattopadhyay

Proximity Music

10, 11, 12 September

Dhvāni (2020)

Dhvāni, meaning resonance in Sanskrit, is a responsive and self-regulating sound installation. It draws on an Indian epistemology-informed approach to sound and transcendental listening. The project examines the role of the “self” against the Western art object-based tradition. Departing from the object, the project aims to create “auditory situations” where the selfhood and subjectivity of the listener can become part of the artistic production and consequently the work. In doing so, the project develops an understanding of the role of chance and contingency in sound experience as a mode of creating temporal disjuncture for the “divine intervention” as Indian musician Gita Sarabhai informed John Cage in 1946 helping to shape Cage’s subsequent work with chance composition.

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is a contemporary artist, researcher, writer and theorist. His work inquires into materiality, objecthood, site, and technological mediation of lived experiences, and considers the aspects of subjectivity, contemplation, mindfulness, and transcendence inherent in listening.