RAS Lecture

Cafe Sambal

Sound and Affect: An Anthropology of China’s Sound Practice

Speaker: Adel-Jing Wang- Associate Professor College of Media and International Culture Zhejiang University

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7.00 pm – Doors Open
7.15 pm – Lecture
8.00 pm – Q&A
8.30 pm – Mixer

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. Since the late 1990s, China’s sound practice has developed in an increasingly globalized social-economic-aesthetic environment, receiving attentions and investments from the art world, music industry and cultural institutes, along with an ambiguous attitude from the public about its legitimate artistic, academic and economic significance. This talk will discuss the brief history of sound practice in China, its current situations, and its major thematic threads.

Adel-Jing Wang is Associate Professor in the College of Media and International Culture at Zhejiang University. Academically trained in performance studies, she is author of Sound and Affect: An Anthropology of China’s Sound Practice (2017), which explores the concepts of freedom, affect, and sound through anthropological research on China’s sound culture. She has published in Leonardo, Leonardo Music Journal, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Representation, and International Review of Qualitative Research. Her research focuses on sound studies, sensory studies, performance studies, and anthropological methods. Artistically, she works primarily with field-recordings. In 2015, she founded The Sound Lab at the College of Media and International Culture at Zhejiang University. Her current book project is “Tenuous Resonance: China’s Sound Practice and Ideas.”

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