Connecting Resonances

Media Arts (e.g. film, video, installation, sound art, and digital art) in the so-called non-Western cultures (e.g. South Asia, Middle-East, South East Asia, in other words, the Global South) have a belated emergence and a shorter history. This postdoctoral project will critically look at the current rise of technology-based media arts in the Global South as a case for decolonization of media-based artistic practices with a concerted effort to resist the cultural imperialism of the West. The primary argument is that, given the spatiotemporally distinct nature of traditional art in the Global South (e.g. temporality, spatiality, and subjectivity), this emergence can be seen as a response to the East-West confluence that started in the early part of 18th century through artistic exchanges and cultural transmissions triggered by an escalating interaction between East and West as a result of Europe’s colonial pursuits in the East. This conflict and confluence will be traced by artistic production, critical and reflective analysis, and historicizing relevant works that incorporate media technology tending to recognize traditionally oral and temporally nonlinear art in the many cultures of the Global South conforming to culturally imperialist and modernist pressures of the West. The project will culminate in a book publication and an exhibition. Such practice-based approach will help to produce new knowledge in “non-Western” ontologies (in a predominantly Eurocentric context of art history and theory), decolonization, histories of media art in the Global South, as well as early globalization, and cultural exchanges between Global South, the East, and the West.

Workshop:

Connecting Resonances I: Beirut, 21 – 26 February 2019.

Publication:

2019. Beyond Immersion: Entertaining through Sound. London: Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming).

2018. Between the Headphones: Sound Practice in Indian Cinema. Bombaykala Books (forthcoming).

Exhibition:

Dhvani (in development)