Connecting Resonances

Technology-based media arts (e.g. film, video and installation, sound art, and digital art) in the non-Western cultures (e.g. India, China, SEA) have a belated emergence and a shorter history. This postdoctoral project will critically look at the current rise of technology-based media arts in Asia as a case for decolonial 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 Asia (e.g. perspective, time and duration), this unlikely 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 confluence will be traced by artistic production, critical and reflective analysis, and historicizing relevant works that incorporate media technology tending to negotiate traditionally oral and temporally nonlinear Asian art conforming culturally imperialist pressure of the West. Such practice-based approach will help to produce new knowledge in non-Western ontologies (in a predominantly Eurocentric context of art history), decoloniality, histories of Asian media art, as well as early globalization, and cultural exchanges between the East and the West.

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)