Spatial Sound Installations | Points in Time – I | What Time is it |


Sound Installation at What time is it
Technologies of life in the Contemporary
15 – 16 December 2017

POINTS IN SPACE – I | Installed at the 5 Gardens

Spatial Sound Art Installation
by ISh S and diFfuSed beats

Points in Space – I is a set of installations created at Sound Reasons by Ish S and diFfused beats over the past 8 years. A couple of the multi-channel works presented here have been created in collaboration with Raqs Media Collective and Vivan Sundaram. These sound installations are based on spatial listening processes and the audience is encouraged to navigate the sonic space in order to get a heterogeneous perception of sound, time and space created within the installation. Here, the sound develops spatially and its discovery unfolds itself in the present, bringing with it the experiences of sound and listening as an immersive spatial sculpture.

These installations are about listening and the subjective experiences derived. It is a sort of sonic heterotopia wherein various experiences are created which are a part of both the imagination and reality. Sound here is actually created spatially in the listening of it and in its inventions is in the imagination of the listener. The sound works presented at Points in Space -I outline the creative interplay between the phenomenological objectivity of the sonic phenomenon created and the subjectivity of the perceptions filtered through individual experiences. Imaginary narratives can be drawn to trace the individual experiences of listening to the sonic works installed from various ‘Points in Space’. These non-locational perspectives in turn initiate deeper immersive listening experiences, while drawing attention to the finer points of sound, its movements, its processes and its form through spatiality.

15 – 16 December 2017
LAWN | 5 Gardens by Sameer Raut
Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
New Delhi

Conference programme:

Conference Convenors: Ravi Sundaram, Ravi Vasudevan (Sarai-CSDS) + Raqs Media Collective (Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta)

Have we finally entered the End of the End of History? (E-flux, Journal #57 – Sept 2014). Recent media technological transformations have thrown into confusion many existing political and social theories; art, media philosophy, politics, biology; in fact all ideas of life presented in the last century. Are these the jumbled signs of ‘our’ contemporaneity? The idea of the contemporary has been around for a few decades, seen variously as a period, a critical gesture, and a disciplinary frame for literature and art. We believe the time is right to revisit the idea of the contemporary from a different lens, outside the closeted frameworks of a Euro-American debate where contemporaneity appears as a unstable successor to modernity and postmodernity.

In the past decade we have seen the worldwide spread of media and information networks. Since value is now gained from experience, new corporations and political parties deploy strategies of agglomeration using digital media technologies. Growing computational grids inaugurate storage and surveillance technologies that are affecting fields like the environment, finance and law. Machine time disturbs historical continuity and sequence. Genetic engineering and life storage technologies disrupt the idea of the biological life span; media memory and recording technologies have already transformed the lives of mobile phone users in the world. Media-enabled populations in Asia, Africa and Latin America are now part of a new infrastructure of the senses.

Since 2000 digital infrastructures have produced a new generation of art and media practitioners. Like the West, capitalist enterprises in Asia, Africa and Latin America are facing new challenges and opportunities with informational networks. Like everywhere, such transformations have set in motion a sense of indetermination and flux, providing opportunities, shadow zones and critical discourses.

This conference seeks to explore experience from the vantage point of these media-informational transformations. We will be debating art practice, cultural theory, media aesthetics, social theory, forensics, urbanism, and the landscape of the political. Time horizons and its philosophies are a major concern of the conference, as we seek to displace the idea of the contemporary as (just) a ‘present’ without limits.



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