A Nomad’s Guide to Listening

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Performance and Reading by Budhaditya Chattopadhyay

October 28, 8 pm at Errant Sound, Berlin

Artist and writer Budhaditya Chattopadhyay will perform and read from his upcoming release A Nomad’s Guide to Listening (Touch, London). The work intends to contextualize contemplative thoughts triggered by a nomadic listener’s interaction with various intermingling auditory situations leaving their traces in field recordings.

The project considers the sounds of everyday as offering an entryway into a poetic-contemplative mood in which an itinerant traveller may indulge involving pre-cognition. Instead of negotiating the corporeal “objects” in everyday sounds, the traveller may prefer to remain detached as an elevated self and engage with the meditations and musings triggered by a nomadic mode of listening. Arguably, these poetic-contemplations and streams of thought emanate from the phenomenal world, but transcend toward the domain of mindfulness as an inward resonance of listening.

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is an Indian-born media artist, researcher, and writer, currently living and working in Europe. 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. Chattopadhyay has received several fellowships, residencies and international awards.

A Nomad’s Guide to Listening is scheduled for a release in early 2017 on the renowned label Touch, London, as an artist’s book and interactive audio archive.

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