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The Algebra Of Listening, 2017

An exploration of Carnatic music and emergent sound arts, featuring a series of performances, sound installations and workshops in Kolkata, Chennai and Fort Kochi. Curated by Mark Fell, with Nakul Krishnamurthy and Rian Treanor.

this project was part of a series of works that began with a carnatic paradigm shown at glasgow cca as part of counterflows festival.

algebra of listening, installation view, pepper house 2017

the project included contributions from the following artists

JESSOP&CO. from Kolkata, India. Aspiring lobbyists for the unstable and the incoherent, or the willingly intoxicated. Rigorously processed electronic music released through limited edition cassettes, SoundCloud and Bandcamp. “We are not musicians, We don’t have any musical background and have never had training of any sort. We just do what we feel like doing, but our output has the tone of us coming to terms with the rejection, isolation and obtuseness of our existence.”

The mukkuttis represent the folk voice of Valluvanadan culture, exploring folk arts with their own idiosyncratic style and originality in the use traditional instruments. The project, which features scholars of Govt. Victoria College (Palakkad), is an attempt to highlight and sustain marginal folk art forms.

Farah Mulla is an artist based in Mumbai. Her artwork explores the varied possibilities of human experience in relation to time, space, the visual and the aural. Mulla’s background in science is not only reflected in her approach to her practice but also in her experimentation with different media – from installations to sound recordings. Excited by the varied possibilities of the listening experience her work often tries to bring the viewers attention to the aural through multiple modes of perception.

Somnath Roy. The spirit of the millennium has ushered in yet another musical maestro in it’s using of aesthetic glory in the name of Shri Somnath Roy. An unabated versatile north Indian Musician who has made an in- depth study of South Indian percussion and perfectly blended the North - South melody to blossom into a full-fledged artiste. He is an exponent of Hindusthani flute, Dholak and Western percussion

Rojy Vargheese is a folklorist and musician based in Thrissur, Kerala. Based on his belief that traditional musical languages are in a constant state of evolution, he collects, researches and performs folk music of Kerala and Tamil Nadu; reoworking these materials as the basis for new compositions and performances. Working with voice and percussion, his practice focuses on social themes that tackle inequality and prejudice around race and the Indian concept of “fairness”. Vargheese is also a theatre artist, playback singer, flautist and yoga trainer.

Produced by AC Projects Projects, with the support of British Council and Creative Scotland.


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