Budhaditya Chattopadhyay

Artist of DAY 5 / Thu, April 19
Curator: Emil Clemént Lüth (DK)


Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is an Indian-born artist, researcher, writer and theorist. Focusing on sound as his primary medium, Chattopadhyay produces works for installation and live performance often dealing with contemporary issues such as climate change, human intervention in the environment and ecology, race and migration. Conceptually, Chattopadhyay’s work questions the materiality, site-specificity, and objecthood of sound, and addresses the aspects of subjectivity, contemplation, mindfulness, and transcendence inherent in listening. His artistic practice intends to shift the emphasis from object to situation, and from immersion to discourse in the realm of sound and media art. His works are published by Gruenrekorder (Germany) and Touch (UK). Chattopadhyay is a Charles Wallace scholar, Prince Claus grantee, and Falling Walls fellow, and has received several residencies and international awards, notably a First Prize in Computer and Electronic Music category of Computer Space Festival, Sofia, and an Honorary Mention at PRIX Ars Electronica, Linz. Appearing in numerous exhibitions, concerts, conferences and festivals, Chattopadhyay’s sound and video works have been exhibited, performed or presented among others in Transmediale, Berlin; ZKM Karlsruhe; TodaysArt Festival, The Hague; Donau Festival, Krems; Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín; IEM, Kunstuniversität Graz; Sonorities Festival, Belfast; RE-NEW Digital Arts Festival, Copenhagen; RRS Museo Reina Sofía Radio, Madrid; Q-O2, Brussels; Sluice Screens, London; Akusmata, Helsinki; Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen; CTM, Berlin; Errant Bodies, Berlin; CPH PIX, Copenhagen; Hochschule Darmstadt; SoundFjord, London; Deutschlandradio, Berlin; Institut für Neue Medien, Frankfurt; Quartair contemporary art initiative, The Hague; and Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen.


Project for EC1 24H CPH

‘Talking Frame – Expanded object. An interactive audio experience of the Copenhagen Landscape’

The ongoing project “Expanded Object” responds to a crucial question: whether “sound” can be “exhibited” as an artistic object and whether exhibiting sound works is problematic considering the nature and characteristics of sound predominantly emerging as an invisible and immaterial phenomenon spilling over any artistic object framed within an exhibition setting. In addressing this fundamental question, the work “Talking Frame” examines how sound art can approach and negotiate materiality and objecthood within an exhibitory context by involving subjective contemplation triggered by a deliberate visual suggestion but a withdrawal of any visual information. The audio component of the work is derived from site-specific field recordings in Denmark during a Nano-residency hosted by Future Suburban Contemporary, culminating in a phenomenological survey of these sited situations by the author, augmenting each other randomly, and transforming by the presence of the viewer.