About

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is an Indian-born artist, researcher, writer and theorist. Chattopadhyay produces works for installation and live performance often dealing with contemporary social 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 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 and media art. His works are published by Gruenrekorder (Germany) and Touch (UK). Chattopadhyay is a Charles Wallace scholar, Prince Claus grantee, and Falling Walls fellow, and has received several residencies and international awards, notably a First Prize in Computer and Electronic Music category of Computer Space Festival, Sofia, and an Honorary Mention at PRIX Ars Electronica, Linz. Appearing in numerous exhibitions, concerts, conferences and festivals, Chattopadhyay’s sound and video works have been exhibited, performed or presented among others in Transmediale, Berlin; TodaysArt Festival, The Hague; Donau Festival, Krems; Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín; IEM, Kunstuniversität Graz; Sonorities Festival, Belfast; RE-NEW Digital Arts Festival, Copenhagen; RRS Museo Reina Sofía Radio, Madrid; Q-O2, Brussels; Sluice Screens, London; Akusmata, Helsinki; Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen; CTM, Berlin; Errant Bodies, Berlin; CPH PIX, Copenhagen; Hochschule Darmstadt; SoundFjord, London; Deutschlandradio, Berlin; Institut für Neue Medien, Frankfurt; and Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen. Chattopadhyay has an extensive list of scholarly publications in the areas of sound art, artistic research, contemporary media, cinema and sound studies in leading peer-reviewed journals, most notably in Organised Sound, Journal of Sonic Studies, The New Soundtrack, SoundEffects, Ear │ Wave │ Event, Journal for Artistic Research, and Leonardo Music Journal. He 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, Denmark, and received a PhD in sound studies from Leiden University, The Netherlands.

 

EDUCATION

PhD in Sound Studies, Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University, 2017.

Master of Arts in New Media (Sound Art), Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, 2010

Diploma in Cinema (Sound), Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, 2007

 

POSITIONS 

Guest researcher, Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University, 2016 – 17

Research Fellow, SRFTI, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India. 2016 – 17

Artist in Residence/Senior Scientist, Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics – IEM, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria. 2015 – 2016

Artist in Residence, ICST, Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich, Switzerland. 2014

PhD Fellow, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen. 2011-2015

Visiting Fellow, RayFASC, University of California, Santa Cruz, US. 2012

Artist in Residence, School of Music, Bangor University, North Wales, UK. 2011

Fellow, Jaaga, Bangalore, India. 2010

Artist in Residence, BAR1, India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore. 2010

Fellow, Sarai, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi. 2006

 

AWARDS AND GRANTS

Shortlisted, The Dot Awards, New Media Writing Prize, London, 2016.

Finalist, Sluice Screens Award, London, 2015.

Recipient, BSA-sponsored Early-Career Award, SCSMI, London, 2015.

First prize, Computer and Electronic Music category, Computer Space festival, Sofia, 2014.

Research grant, ADI, Copenhagen, 2014.

Research grant, Christian og Ottilia Brorsons Rejselegat, Copenhagen, 2013.

Travel grant, Danish Research School in Media, Communication and Journalism (FMKJ), Copenhagen, 2012.

PhD scholarship, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, 2011.

Honorary Mention, PRIX Ars Electronica, Linz, 2011.

Arts scholarship, Charles Wallace India Trust, London, 2011.

Finalist, PRIX Phonurgia Nova, Arles, 2010.

Project Grant, Prince Claus Fund, Amsterdam, 2009-2010.

MA scholarship, CoMundus Consortium, European Commission, 2007-2009.

Travel Grant, Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), Berlin, 2006.

 

SOLO EXHIBITION

Resonating Field, Quartair, Den Haag, 6 – 15 November 2017.

Exile and Other Syndromes, Rogaland Kunstsenter/Screen City Biennial, Stavanger.

Passage to the City, The Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery, Christchurch, March 2016.

Exile and Other Syndromes (pilot), CUBE, IEM, Kunstuniversität Graz, January 2016.

The Well Tempered City, RRS Museo Reina Sofía Radio, Madrid, November 2014.

The Room within a View, Widget Art Gallery (for iPhone/iPod/iPad), May – June 2013.

Dismantling a Sound-work in Six Easy Steps, Akusmata, Helsinki, October – November 2012.

 

GROUP EXHIBITION

Talking Frame, Resonant Worlds, ZKM Karlsruhe, September 2017.

Exile and Other Syndromes, Nacht van Kunst & Kennis, Leiden, September 2017.

Decomposing Landscape, International Image Festival/ISEA2017, Manizales, June 2017.

A Day in the Life of a Listener,  “Listenings”, Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, December 2015 – March 2016.

A table is a table, Nålen, Copenhagen, July 2014.

Mind Your Own Dizziness, Art Hack Day, Transmediale, Berlin. January – February 2014.

The Well Tempered City, Spazioersetti Gallery, Udine, Italy. May 2013.

Listening and its discontents, Errant Bodies, Transmediale, Berlin. January – February 2013.

this_location, Studio 21, CIMA, Calcutta, India. April 2011.

The well-tempered Jaaga, Jaaga, Bangalore, India. December 2010.

Audible absence, Select II, Bangalore, India. October 2010.

Eye contact with the city, Rococo Art Gallery, Bangalore, India. September 2010.

Kolkata, Architecture Biennial Rotterdam. 2009

The four corners, Religare Arts Gallery, New Delhi, India. December 2008 – January 2009.

Passage, Private Flat 4.1, Firenze, Italy. 2008.

San Lorenzo, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Firenze, Italy. 2008.

 

SELECTED PUBLICATION

2017. “Beyond Matter: Object-disoriented Sound Art.” Seismograf/DMT (in press).

2017. “Reconstructing Atmospheres: Ambient Sound in Film and Media Production.” Communication and the Public. London: SAGE Publication (in press).

2017. “Hyper-listening: Praxis”. In Mateus-Berr, R., and Luise Reitstätter (eds.). Art & Design Education in Times of Change. Conversations Across Cultures, de Gruyter.

2017. “Talking Field: Listening to the Troubled Site.” Journal for Artistic Research 13.

2017. “The Well Tempered City: participation and intervention in sound art”, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, The Cybernetic Issue Vol 21 No. 2, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press (in press).

2016. “Endnotes on the Margin of Listening”, in Dirty Ear Report #1, Berlin: Errant Bodies Press.

2016. Émergence de nouvelles conceptions sonores”, in Térésa Faucon and Amandine D’Azevedo (eds.), In/dépendances des cinémas indiens. Cartographie des formes, des genres et des régions (pp. 40 – 44), Paris: Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle.

2017. “The World Within the Home: Tracing the Sound in Satyajit Ray’s Films”, Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, Liverpool University Press. Accepted.

2016. “Being There: Evocation of the Site in Contemporary Indian Cinema”, Journal of Sonic Studies 12, Leiden University Press.

2015. Auditory (Con)texts: Writing on Sound, Ear │ Wave │ Event, issue 2.

2015. The Auditory Spectacle: designing sound for the ‘dubbing era’ of Indian cinema, The New Soundtrack 5.1, pp. 55–68, Edinburgh University Press.

2014. An Elegy for the City: Composing the Urban Character, Leonardo Music Journal, Vol. 24, Nr. 12, pp. 49-51, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

2014. Sonic drifting: sound, city and psychogeography, SoundEffects vol. 3.3. special issue ‘Urban Sound’, pp. 138 – 152.

2014. Object-Disoriented Sound: Listening in the Post-Digital Condition, A Peer-reviewed Journal About, volume 3, issue 1.

2014. Budhaditya Chattopadhyay’s Object Disorientation, NY Arts Magazine, April issue.

2014. “The Invisible Sound: A study in the trajectories of sound practice in Indian films by online archival research”, IASA journal No 42, January.

2013. Auditory Situations: Notes from Nowhere, Journal of Sonic Studies 4 (Special Issue: Sonic Epistemologies).

2013. “Interview”in Cathy Lane & Angus Carlyle (eds.), In the Field: The Art of Field Recording. London: Uniformbooks.

2013. The cinematic soundscape: conceptualising the use of sound in Indian films, SoundEffects, Vol 2, No 2, pp. 65 – 78.

2012. Sonic menageries: composing the sound of place, Organised Sound, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp. 223-229, Cambridge University Press.

2009. Recording the environment: creating an archive of ambience, IASA Journal, Issue 34, December.

2007. Sound Memories: In search of lost sounds in Indian cinema, Journal of the Moving Image, issue 6, pp. 102-111, Jadavpur University Press.

 

SELECTED CONFERENCE PAPERS 

“Expanded Object: Rereading the History of Sound Art”, ISACS17, ZKM Karlsruhe. September 2017.

“Migration and Media Arts”, University of Cologne, September 2017.

“Decomposing Landscape: Hearing the Troubled Site”, ISEA2017, Manizales, June 2017.

“Making Sites Audible: Ambient Sound in Practice.” Sonologia – Out of Phase: International conference on Sound Studies, São Paulo, November 2016.

“Hyper-listening: Praxis”. InSEA Regional Conference Vienna, University of Applied Arts Vienna, September 2016.

“Beyond Matter: Object-disoriented Sound Art”, International Conference: “Sound Art Matters”, Aarhus University, June 1 – 4, 2016.

“Unwriting Sound: A Poetic Intervention”, International Conference on Artistic Research, The Royal Academy of Art
 and Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, April 2016.

“Writing on Sound/Writing with Sound”, Media Art History Re-CREATE, Montréal, November 2015.

“Audible Evidence: Recognition of place in the field recording-based sound-works”, Visible Evidence conference 21, JNU, New Delhi, India, December 2014.

“From Soundtrack to the Sound Environment: Listening in the Post-digital Cinema”, ESSA2014, Sound Studies Conference, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, June 2014.

“Auditory (Con)texts: Textualizing the Sonic Phenomena”, International conference: ‘Literature, Media, Sound’, Aarhus University, Denmark, November 2013.

“Hyper-listening: sound, contemplation and the sonic explosion”, Dirty Ear Forum, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway, November 2013.

“Sonified Cinema: A study in the emergence of sound in Indian cinema”, ‘Dépendance/ Indépendance : les cinémas indiens’, Université Sorbonne nouvelle-Paris 3, Nov 2013.

“Subject-Oriented Sound Art: The Curious Case of Auto-Curating”, ISACS, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany. August 2013.

“Post-cinematic Sound: theorizing sound in the digital realm of cinema”, PhD conference: ‘Expression, Sensation, Mediation’, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. December 2012.

“The Well Tempered City: participation and intervention in sonic art”, IMAC Conference/RE-NEW, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark. November 2012.

“Sonification of Cinema: studying the use of location sound in Indian films”, Music & The Moving Image conference, New York University, New York, USA. June 2012.

“Archive as social media lab: Creative dissemination of digital sound and audiovisual collection”, IASA conference proceedings. Frankfurt Am Main, Germany. September 2011.

 

SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY

Wandering Shadows of Sound, Impulsive Habitat, Bogotá, 2016.

Decomposing Landscape, Touch, London, 2015.

A Day in the Life of a Listener, Gruenrekorder, Frankfurt AM, 2014.  

Elegy for Bangalore, Gruenrekorder, Frankfurt AM, 2013.

Eye Contact with the City, Touch, London, 2011.

Landscape in Metamorphoses, Gruenrekorder, Frankfurt AM, 2008.

Benaras, Gruenrekorder, Frankfurt AM, 2006.       

On the move, 33.99 Records/M12 label, Berlin, 2006.

 

SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY  

presence: Documentary (in Collaboration), Digital Video, 18 minutes, Le triennale, Palais De Tokyo, Paris. 2012.

in_transience: Documentary (in Collaboration), Digital Video, 24 minutes, CMCS, India/WIA, Poland. 2011.

 

SELECTED LIVE PERFORMANCE AND BROADCAST  

documenta public radio, Kassel and Berlin, 2017.

SPEKTRUM, Berlin, 2017.

Paviljonas, Vilnius, 2017

University of Applied Arts Vienna, 2017.

Alte Feuerwache, Köln, 2017.

Studio Loos, Den Haag, 2017.

Kultūros Baras Kablys, Vilnius, 2016.

Helicotrema Festival, Venice, 2016.

Q-O2, Brussels, 2016.

Vorspiel, transmediale, Berlin, 2016

CKUT 90.3 FM, Montreal, 2015

Phonophon, Institut für Neue Medien, Frankfurt AM, 2015.

SPEKTRUM, Berlin, 2015.

Donau Festival, Krems, Austria, 2015.

Sonorities Festival, Queen’s University Belfast, 2015.

TodaysArt Festival, Studio Loos, Den Haag, The Netherlands, 2014.

Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, 2014.

Vejen Kunstmuseum, Vejen, Denmark, 2014

Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, 2014.

Resonance104.4fm, London. 2013.

Cinemateket, Copenhagen. 2012.

Hochschule Darmstadt, Dieburg, Germany. 2012.

SOUND//SPACE, SoundFjord, London. 2012.

Klangkunst, Deutschlandradio, Berlin. 2012.

Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, 2012.

Københavns Rådhus, Copenhagen. 2012.

Byens Lys, Niels Bohr Institutet, Copenhagen. 2012.

Radio24syv, Copenhagen. 2012.

Blipfonica, School of Music, Bangor University, North Wales. 2011.

Institut für Neue Medien, Frankfurt AM. 2011.

Center for Advanced Visualization and Interaction, Aarhus, Denmark. 2008.

Hôrbar, Hamburg. 2008.

7.stock, Dresden. 2008.

EretikArt, Firenze. 2008.

Club Transmediale, Berlin. 2008.

 

TEACHING, TALKS, WORKSHOP, AND LECTURES

Workshop – ‘Hyper-listening: praxis’, volume V, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, 2017 (forthcoming in December).

Workshop – ‘Hyper-listening: praxis’, volume IV, Quartair contemporary art, Den Haag, 2017.

Artists’ talk, Goethe University Frankfurt, 2017.

Lecture, Leiden University, The Hague, 2017.

Artists’ talk, The Gujral Foundation, New Delhi, 2016.

Artists’ talk, Kabinetas, Kaunas, Lithuania, 2016.

Talk, Falling Walls Lab, Aarhus University, Denmark, 2016.

Workshop – ‘Hyper-listening: praxis’, volume III, University of Applied Arts Vienna, 2016.

Workshop – ‘Hyper-listening: praxis’, volume II, Q-02, Brussels, 2016.

Lecture: Object-disoriented Sound: Poetic Intervention in Listening and Meaning-making, IEM, Kunstuniversität Graz, 2016.

Talk: ‘Auditory Situation and Contextual Listening‘, Kunstuniversität Graz, 2015.

Guest lecture, Institut for Kunst og Kulturvidenskab, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2014.

Artists’ talk, Holbæk Kunsthøjskole, Denmark, 2014.

Artists’ talk, Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, 2014.

Workshop – ‘Hyper-listening: praxis’, volume I, Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, 2014

Workshop – ‘sound art im globalen kontext’, Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD, Berlin, 2013.

MA course: ‘Sound Design for film and video’, University of Copenhagen, Spring term, 2013.

Guest Lecture, Theatre Academy Helsinki, Finland, October 2012.

MA course: ‘Art of Sound in Cinema’, University of Copenhagen, Fall term, 2012.

Workshop – ‘sound, environment and space’, BAR1, India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore, August 2010.

Workshop – ‘sound art’, The Media Lab, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, July 2009. 

 

Portfolio is available on request.