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      On Pre-colonial Indigenous (Sound) Technologies

      Proceedings of Politics of the Machines - Rogue Research 2021 (POM 2021)
      debate and devise concepts and practices that seek to critically question and unravel novel modes of science
      September 14-17, 2021
      Sound Studies, Media Art History, Pre-modern Technology, Global South, Decoloniality


            This paper unpacks the finesse and intricacies with which some of the pre-colonial and pre-modern sound-producing instruments were conceived and built in South Asia using indigenous technologies. The paper argues that these indigenous technologies were as sophisticated as the technology we know today from a Western modernist and colonialist understanding of it riding on ideas of control, surveillance and exploitation of nature and human resources. The paper intends to substantiate this view that these indigenous technologies had an embedded quality to them and it makes no sense today to adhere to the hierarchy of “high tech” and “low tech”. The paper suggests expanding the terms media arts and “TechArts” or technology-driven arts in the Western taxonomies, represented often by large-scale, spectacular immersive arts proliferated in European and American festivals. Given the historical examples of artistic practices using pre-modern technologies in South Asia, the paper proposes to redefine what “TechArt” means, aiming to decolonize media arts field giving due credits to tech-artists and artisans from the Global South.


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            September 2021
            September 2021
            : 32-37
            © Chattopadhyay. Published by BCS Learning & Development Ltd. Proceedings of Politics of the Machines - Rogue Research 2021, Berlin, Germany

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            Proceedings of Politics of the Machines - Rogue Research 2021
            POM 2021
            Berlin, Germany
            September 14-17, 2021
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            debate and devise concepts and practices that seek to critically question and unravel novel modes of science

            1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development

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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            Global South,Media Art History,Decoloniality,Sound Studies,Pre-modern Technology


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