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Leiden University Centre for Digital Humanities

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay

Postdoc Centre for Arts and Humanities


Sound Studies, Digital Media, Media Art History, Digital Aesthetics, AR/VR, Data Visualization

Current Projects

Working within the broader field of film and media studies, artistic research and sound studies, my future research interests include media and time-based arts (e.g. film, video and installation, sound art, digital art), technological mediation, virtual and augmented reality. In my PhD dissertation and other scholarly writings I have investigated the audio-visual relationship in film and media production in the light of technological innovations, addressing the question of presence, diegesis and mimesis. Given this background, I would like to continue pursuing a career in research and artistic practice within the broader field of new media. In specific, the concepts that drive me are immersion, presence and (post-)digital aesthetics in communication technologies and new media innovations. This growing interest inspires and motivates me to continue the research in contemporary media and digital technology studies; here I consider contemporary media as a premise that is informed by various conditions such as the post-digital, post-human, post-media and the Anthropocene. These concepts also intersect in the realm of contemporary new media-based artistic innovations, such as sound art, AR/VR, interactive installations and performances, which I would like to integrate in my research for investigation and analysis, based on the assumption that practice can make epistemic claims (Rogoff, Schwab et al). Therefore, what I am interested in my future academic work is to examine the intense mobility and portability embedded in contemporary media technologies corresponding to deterritorialized human condition, drawing on the writings of contemporary scholars like Rosi Braidotti and seminal works of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, I will examine the contemporary conditions of itinerant mobility, ubiquitous immersion and media convergence, triggering new forms of identity and subjectivities in the arts and digital humanities.


Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is an Indian-born digital media artist, researcher, writer and theorist, with a PhD in artistic research and sound studies from ACPA, Leiden University, The Netherlands. Focusing on audiovisual as his primary media, Chattopadhyay produces works for large-scale installations and live performances broadly dealing with contemporary issues such as climate crisis, human intervention in the environment and ecology, race and migration. His works are published by Gruenrekorder (Germany) and Touch (UK). Chattopadhyay is a Charles Wallace scholar, Prince Claus grantee, and Falling Walls fellow, and has received several residencies and international awards, notably a First Prize in Computer and Electronic Music category of Computer Space Festival, Sofia, and an Honorary Mention at PRIX Ars Electronica, Linz. Appearing in numerous exhibitions, concerts, conferences and festivals, Chattopadhyay’s sound and video works have been exhibited, performed, or presented accross the globe.

Chattopadhyay has an extensive body of creative writing as well as scholarly publication in the areas of sound art, digital media, media art, digital humanities, artistic research, contemporary media, cinema and sound studies in leading peer-reviewed journals, most notably in Organised Sound, Journal of Sonic Studies, The New Soundtrack, SoundEffects, Ear │ Wave │ Event, Journal for Artistic Research, and Leonardo Music Journal. Prior to his PhD, Chattopadhyay has graduated from SRFTI, India’s national film school, and completed a Master of Arts degree in new media at Aarhus University, Denmark. Currently, Chattopadhyay is involved in a postdoc project at the Center for Arts and Humanities, American University of Beirut, under a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship.

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