Dhvani is a Sanskrit word meaning resonance. The project Dhvani (2017 -) develops an Indian epistemology-informed approach to sound art, emphasizing the role of the listener to provide a subjective and situational context as the primary trigger towards construing an artistic experience. The project examines the role of the “self” against an overarching emphasis on artistic object permeating in the Western art tradition. Departing from the object, the project aims to create fertile and evolving “auditory situations” where the selfhood and subjectivity of the listener can be considered in an inclusive manner so as to encourage a participatory approach of artistic experience in terms of a networked inter-subjectivity. 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 (Cage 1973: 158, 226).
*The project is currently in a research stage.