Date: February 17
If we agree that any creative acts and events are first of all a response to one’s immediate physical and spiritual living environment, China’s sound practice - including experimental music and sound art -- could thus be considered immediate or reflexive responses through the medium of sound to their living contexts. From the late 1990s till today, China’s sound practice has been developing in an increasingly globalized social-economic-aesthetic environment, receiving attentions and investments from the art world, music industry and cultural institutes. However, there has been an ambiguous attitude from the public about its legitimate artistic and academic status. In this talk, I will discuss the brief history of sound practice in China, its current situations, and its major thematic threads.
Adel Jing Wang (Zhejiang U)
Academically trained in performance studies, Wang Jing (Adel) received her Ph.D. from the School of Interdisciplinary Art at Ohio University, and is currently an associate professor in the College of Media and International Culture at Zhejiang University. Her book Sound and Affect: An Anthropology of China’s Sound Practice (Zhejiang University Press, 2015) explores the concepts of freedom, affect and sound through anthropological research on China’s sound culture. She has published in academic journals including Leonardo, Leonardo Music Journal, Journal of Popular Music Studies, and International Review of Qualitative Research. Her current research focuses on sound studies, sensory studies, performance studies, and anthropological methods.
Artistically, Jing works with field-recordings, radio art and recently sound theater. She is an active organizer of sound events and talks and has organized more than 20 sound events in the city of Hangzhou from 2013 to 2015. From 2013 to 2014, she served as the academic curator of the monthly year–long series “Savaka: Asia Experimental Music Currents” at Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai. In January 2015, she foundedThe Sound Lab at College of Media and International Culture at Zhejiang University. http://www.sonorouspresence.org