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Post-immersion: Towards a discursive situation in sound art (2020)

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay

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Immersion is a much-used word in the domain of sound-based media arts. It is through immersion that the audiences are often made to engage with the artworks, using technical devices and medial dispositive that are at the intersection of culture and materiality in a post-digital era. In this mode of artistic representation, immersion operates as a context for realizing the production of presence as an illusion of non-mediation (Reiter, Grimshaw et al). The main concern of this proposed article is whether the audience tends to become a passive and non-acting guest within the immersive space often constructed by an authoritarian and technocratic consumer-corporate culture. I will argue in the article that in this mode of non-activity the audience may lose the motivation to question the content and context of the work by falling into a sensual and indulgent mode of experience, therefore allowing the consumerist-corporate powers to take over the free will of the audience (Lukas et al). From the position of a socially and environmentally committed sound artist myself, I will argue for producing a discursive context rather than an immersive one in sound artworks that aim to represent contemporary crisis such as climate change critically engaging with the Anthropocenic conditions. I will examine the possibility to create artworks where the individuality of the audience is carefully considered and taken into account as a crucial parameter. I will discuss a number of my recent works to develop and substantiate the argument.
typeresearch exposition
keywordsartistic research, sound art, sound, Immersion, MediaArtHistories, post-digital, Media Arts, mediation, listening
date14/01/2019
published16/04/2020
last modified16/04/2020
statuspublished
share statusprivate
affiliationCenter for Arts and Humanities, American University of Beirut
licenseAll rights reserved
urlhttps://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/555994/555995
doihttps://doi.org/10.22501/ruu.555994
published inRUUKKU - Studies in Artistic Research
portal issue13.
external linkhttp://budhaditya.org/projects/doors-of-nothingness/a-nomads-guide-to-listening/


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