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Date: February 17

Location: TBA 

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 LeonardoLeonardo Music JournalJournal 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


  1. February 17, 2017 - 9:00am

The Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM) is an association of faculty and students at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) that promotes the study of music across academic disciplines. CISM begins with the position that music is an important and powerful cultural practice, which becomes fundamental in shaping the materialities and methods of social life. By sponsoring diverse projects that engage multiple fields of knowledge, CISM works to expand the boundaries of traditional music research by creating an environment for high-level study and discussion of music that is not restricted to specialists.