[Dec. 1] Listening is a New Religion by Budhaditya Chattopadhyay

Harvestworks, in partnership with Alexis Bhagat from [audience] presents Budhaditya Chattopadhyay. The works encourage an attentive, inclusive and contemplative listening practice as a course of action to address the contemporary crises of the world, from a climate breakdown to rising social conservatism. The idea revolves around listening as a creative act to engage more compassionately with the environment and various others who inhabit it.

Photo by Pieter Kers

DATES AND TIMES:  Sunday Dec. 1, 2019 8 pm

Tickets (20 tickets available): $10 each

LOCATION: Harvestworks 596 Broadway Suite 602 @ Houston Street Soho.

Photo by 3ZEM Rabat

Contemporary world is strained with intensified conflicts between various sects and segments of people. The future human societies need to learn how to resolve the conflict of interests, values and beliefs. Acceptance and reciprocity are, unarguably, essential for the human societies to navigate the challenging times ahead, which will be marked by scarcity of natural resources and an unprecedented human-made decay in the environments, leading to large-scale natural calamities. Many of the practicing religions fail to provide any solution to these crises. In this context, it is the assumption of this concert series that the root of all conflicts is essentially embedded in a lack of ability to listen carefully. As philosopher Gemma Corradi Fiumara suggests, a propensity to listen to the others, without making immediate judgments, may potentially lead to bridge the troubled water of difference. The proposal for these concerts is to encourage embracing an attentive, inclusive and contemplative listening practice as a course of action to address the contemporary crises of the world, from a climate breakdown to rising social conservatism. The idea is to consider listening as a creative act a compassionate engagement. The concert series incorporates multi-channel diffusion of field recording to suggest auditory situations for in-depth listening, providing a scope for transcendental and meditative engagement with places, environments, people and various others that exist on the social margin.


 Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is an Indian-born media artist, composer, researcher, and writer. Chattopadhyay holds a PhD in artistic research and sound studies from the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University, The Netherland, and a Master of Arts degree in media, communication and cultural studies from Aarhus University, Denmark, with a major in new media; he has recently completed a one-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Arts and Humanities, American University of Beirut. Chattopadhyay is a Charles Wallace scholar, Prince Claus grantee, and Falling Walls fellow. He has received several residencies, art grants, fellowships and international awards. Appearing in numerous exhibitions, broadcast, concerts, conferences and festivals, Chattopadhyay’s works have been exhibited, performed, or presented across the globe. His scholarly and creative writings regularly appear in the leading peer-reviewed publications internationally, with two books forthcoming in 2020. Website: http://budhaditya.org/

link to the video: https://vimeo.com/244644102


Budhaditya Chattopadhyay’s “Elegy For Bangalore is like the immortal capital city of a parallel realm, beautifully convincing even in its contorted form.”

– ATTN:Magazine

“Budhaditya Chattopadhyay constructs a sonic meditation on the transformation of a city. He listens for those moments when the sounds that surround become those that transport to enhanced awareness.”

– Glen Hall, Exclaim! Magazine 

“The artist’s current academic involvement with sound here works as a catalyst keeping the installation in a discursive state.” – Inner Magazine

“Budhaditya took his audience on a sonic journey that was in parts clinically distanced from emotion, in parts painstakingly personal.” – The Telegraph

Website: http://budhaditya.org/

Facebook: http://en-gb.facebook.com/budhaditya

Twitter: https://twitter.com/audionomadist


Jegens & Tevens, 2019: http://jegensentevens.nl/2019/10/meet-iii-resident-budhaditya-chattopadhyay-theres-no-sound-that-annoys-me/

Helicotrema, 2016: http://helicotrema.blauerhase.com/budhaditya-chattopadhyay/

Seismograf/DMT, 2013: https://seismograf.org/interview/budhaditya

Loop magazine, 2013: http://www.loop.cl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=946&Itemid=26

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