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SOUNDINGS is a 5-day gathering at Akademie der Künste Berlin on 21 – 25 August 2022.
The assembly will nurture conversations and scholarly encounters addressing the dearth of critical engagement with artists and thinkers working outside of hegemonic Eurocentric fields. By attending to the scant presence of the Global South, diasporic, and indigenous artworks, and scholarship in Eurological academia and curating impacting music and sound in the arts, the gathering will focus on practices, aesthetic histories and methodologies of artists and thinkers discursively grounded within the Global South.

This assembly is intended to be a seminal meeting in which the voices of artists, makers, critical theorists, and aesthetic practitioners may enter into mutual dialogue and listening without the need to understand themselves through the assumptions, predilections, and set listening positions of Western concepts and practices. Soundings is intended to be a meeting dedicated primarily to the dialogues between the epistemologies of what we term the “Sonic Global South” – and to critically analyze the aesthetic and discursive hegemonies, institutional biases and parochial canons in medial, sonic and musical discourses and practices. This public assembly will avoid the conventional Western conference formats of a succession of 20-minute lectures and Q/A, leavened by panels, to instead generate care and knowledge from the ground up. Over 5 days of spirited gathering, we will creatively and discursively explore different modes of listening and knowledge-transfer to reflect on different models of encounter through sound and music. Allowing for such variable modes of encounter is central to the decolonial and de-hegemonizing impulse of this gathering.
Budhaditya Chattopadhyay
Amanda Bayley
Amit Dinesh Patel
Ashish Avikunthak
Bhavisha Panchia
Cedrik Fermont
Deniza Popova
Ernst Maréchal
Hardi Kurda
Juan Duarte Regino
Maham Suhail
Miguel Buenrostro
Nilanjan Bhattacharya
Oladele Ayorinde
Rubert Huber
Sandeep Bhagwati
Stefan Östersjö
Ximena Alarcon
Amanda Gutierrez
Andrew Knight Hill
Ashish Sankrityayan
Budhaditya Chattopadhyay
David Vélez
Fenja Abraham
Jeremy Woodruff
Luka Mukhavele
meLê yamomo
Moushumi Bhowmik
Nandita Kumar
Nguyen Thanh Thuy
Roozbeh Tabandeh
Ruchir Joshi
Sandipan Nath
Sudipta Dawn
YOO Hong and KANG Jieun
Initiated by:

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay
Sandeep Bhagwati

Steering committee:

Glaucia Perez da Silva
Deniza Popova
Bhavisha Panchia
Nguyen Thanh Thuy
Oladele Ayorinde
Murat Gürel
Sandipan Nath
Budhaditya Chattopadhyay
Sandeep Bhagwati

Co-produced by:

Sound Across, Den Haag

Supported by:

Akademie der Künste
Hanseatenweg 10
10557 Berlin-Tiergarten
Tel. 030 200 57-2000


Sound Across
Linnaeusstraat 171, Den Haag
2522GJ Netherlands
Tel. +31686414498



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