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Centre for Screen Cultures with MeCCSA Sound Studies Network Conversation between Budhaditya Chattopadhyay and Cathy Lane

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay and Cathy Lane will be in conversation at this event, organised by the Centre for Screen Cultures in collaboration with the MeCCSA Sound Studies Network.

Their conversation will engage with the Centre for Screen Cultures' theme for this year, ‘sound and environment' in response to Budhaditya Chattopadhyay's new book The Auditory Setting (Edinburgh University Press 2021) and Cathy Lane's own research and practice as a composer, sound artist and academic, which has been hugely influential in the field of Sonic Arts.

Their conversation will build on their previous dialogues published in Cathy Lane and Angus Carlyle's Sound Arts Now (Uniformbooks, 2021) and their earlier co-edited collection In the Field: the Art of Field Recording (Uniformbooks, 2013).

The event will begin with an illustrated talk by Budhaditya about The Auditory Setting and will include opportunities for shared listening to some short soundworks related to the book.

Dr Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is an artist, media practitioner, researcher and writer. Incorporating diverse media, creative technologies and research, Chattopadhyay produces works for large-scale installation and live performance addressing contemporary issues of environment and ecology, migration, race and decoloniality. He has received numerous residencies, fellowships and international awards. His sound works have been widely exhibited, performed or presented across the globe, and released by Gruenrekorder (DE) and Touch (UK).

Chattopadhyay has an expansive body of scholarly publications in the areas of media art history, theory and aesthetics, cinema and sound studies in leading peer-reviewed journals. He is the author of three books, The Nomadic Listener (2020), The Auditory Setting (2021), and Between the Headphones (2021). He holds a PhD in Artistic Research and Sound Studies from the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University, and an MA in New Media from the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University.

Professor Cathy Lane is a composer, sound artist and academic. Her work uses spoken word, field recordings and archive material to explore aspects of our listening relationship with each other and the multiverse. She is currently focused on how sound relates to the past, our histories, environment and our collective and individual memories from a feminist perspective. Aspects of her creative practice have developed out of these interests and include composition and installation-based work. She also writes and lectures on these and related subjects as well as collaborating with choreographers, film makers, visual artists and other musicians.

Books include Playing with Words: The Spoken Word in Artistic Practice (RGAP, 2008) and, with Angus Carlyle, In the Field (Uniformbooks, 2013), a collection of interviews with eighteen contemporary sound artists who use field recording in their work, and On Listening (2013), a collection of commissioned essays about some of the ways in which listening is used in disciplines such as anthropology, community activism, bioacoustics, conflict mediation and religious studies, music, ethnomusicology and field recording. Her CD The Hebrides Suite was released by Gruenrekorder in 2013.

Cathy is Professor of Sound Arts and co-director of CRiSAP (Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice) at the University of the Arts London.

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