Budhaditya Chattopadhyay


Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is an Indian-born artist, researcher, writer and theorist. Chattopadhyay works with sound as his primary medium, often dealing with contemporary issues such as human intervention in the environment, urbanity and exile. Conceptually, Chattopadhyay’s work questions the materiality, site-specificity and object-hood of sound, and addresses the aspects of contingency, 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. Chattopadhyay has graduated from India’s national film school specializing in sound, completed a Master of Arts degree in new media/sound art at Aarhus University, and received a PhD in sound studies from Leiden University.


Exile and Other Syndromes

Installation, augmented environment with multi-channel sound diffusion

Artist's audio introduction

In our current era of pervasive mobility, migration and (dis)connectivity, perceptions constantly shift between cities and across urban sites to form unsettled geographies. This relates to how, as an increasingly migratory being, a wandering urban dweller of today’s post-global cities is sensitive to environmental sounds. They navigate through various alienating and dehumanizing hybrid post-industrial urban spaces, relating to these situations through contemplation, mindfulness and contingent processes prompted by an enhanced sense of mobility. In this contemporary condition boundaries between the digital and the corporeal, between local and the global, and between private and enhanced access and freedom of the public domain are blurred. Exile and Other Syndromes intends to examine these contemporary realities, manifesting them in an augmented environment that incorporates multi-channel sound diffusion and visualization of field recordings in modulated text. The work responds to this indisposition of migration, mobility, placeless-ness and nomadism, helping the nomadic subject emerge as an elevated and emancipated self through a combined auditory and visual experience.

The artist invites you to ‘open your ears’ to the environment – and to others in it. Through ‘engaged listening’ we may engage more compassionately with other
people’s lives and better accommodate other people’s views and perspectives.

Developed with the support from Institut für Elektronische Musik und Akustik – IEM, Kunstuniversität Graz.

Installed at Rogaland Kunstsenter, Gallery.

Image: Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Exile and Other Syndromes (2016-2017). Installation, augmented environment with multi-channel sound diffusion and live visuals. Developed with the support from Institut für Elektronische Musik und Akustik – IEM, Kunstuniversität Graz. Image courtesy: Daniel Mayer. Courtesy of the artist.