Budhaditya Chattopadhyay

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Most Recent Affiliation(s):

  • Critical Media Lab

ISEA Bio(s) Available:

  • ISEA2023

    Budhaditya Chattopadhyay (IN/CH) is a contemporary artist, researcher, writer and theorist. His work inquires into materiality, objecthood, site, and technological mediation of lived experiences, and considers the aspects of subjectivity, contemplation, mindfulness, and transcendence inherent in listening. Chattopadhyay has graduated from SRFTI, India’s national film school, completed a Master of Arts degree in New Media at the Aarhus University, Denmark, and received a Ph.D. in Artistic Research and Sound Studies from Leiden University, The Netherlands. Currently, Chattopadhyay is a professor at Critical Media Lab, Basel, Switzerland.

    ISEA 2022

    Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is an artist, media practitioner, researcher, and writer, and a professor at Critical Media Lab, Basel, Switzerland. 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. Chattopadhyay has received numerous residencies, fellowships, and international awards. His 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). Chattopadhyay 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.


    Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is an Indian-born media artist, researcher and writer. Deploying diverse media, including sound, text, and moving image, Chattopadhyay’s large-scale installation and live performances address contemporary issues of climate crisis, human intervention in the environment, urbanity, migration, race, and decolonisation. A recipient of numerous fellowships, residencies and awards, Chattopadhyay has contributed to the programmes of Transmediale, Berlin, ZKM Karlsruhe and Darmstadt Hochschule (all Germany), among many other internationally recognized institutions.

    His sound-works have been published by Gruenrekorder (Germany) and Touch (UK); and his writings on sound and media arts have appeared in publications such as MIT Press’s Leonardo Electronic Almanac and the University of Leiden’s Journal of Sonic Studies. His books The Nomadic Listener and The Auditory Setting are forthcoming this year respectively from Berlin’s Errant Bodies Press and the Edinburgh University Press. Chattopadhyay holds a PhD in sound studies from the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University, Netherlands, and an MA in new media from Aarhus University, Denmark, and recently completed a one-year Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.


Last Known Location:

  • India

Previous Location(s):

  • CH

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