media, information, the contemporary

Sonic hallucinations and media archaeologies

Seminar Room, Sarai-CSDS, 29 Rajpur Road

Thursday, 14 December 2023 at 6:00 pm

Sonic hallucinations and media archaeologies 

Public evening with Ashok Sukumaran (CAMP), Ravi Sundaram and Shikha Jhingan

The session will discursively move through certain nodes and ideas of working with sonic materials, hybrid media, data sets and information flows that produce unexpected mediatic encounters and contingent moments. What are the archaeologies that can sense this kind of a hallucination taking shape, and examine its far ranging consequences and accidental insights? Beginning with the sonic event set up by the Radia tapes and Sarai’s interests in sound collaborations beyond questions of sonic citizenship, and the new AI-driven moment, the exchange will open up a set of concerns and propositions around that which constitutes a sonic leak or break.

Ashok Sukumaran co-founded CAMP, a Mumbai-based studio that has since 2007 been producing work in film and video, electronic media and public art forms, in a practice characterised by a hands-dirtying, non-alienated relation to technology. CAMP’s projects have engaged with communication, energy, transport and surveillance systems; ports, ships, archives, housing projects, complex social and technical assemblies. These are shown as unstable and contestable, in the sense of not having a fixed function or destiny – making them both a medium and stage for artistic activity. CAMP hosts long running media platforms, including,, a rooftop cinema, and related infrastructures.  Their artworks have been exhibited in art and film venues worldwide, recently in 2023 in live lecture formats at M+ Hong Kong and MoMA, New York. They are recipients of the 2020 Nam June Paik Centre Art prize. In 2023, Ashok Sukumaran and Shaina Anand from CAMP were guest professors at Forensic Architecture/ Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Shikha Jhingan is an Associate Professor at the Department of Cinema Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her research work focuses on music and technologies of sound dispersal across diverse media platforms. Her work brings a sound studies perspective to Bollywood films and their intermedial footprints. She has published articles in the journals Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies and Feminist Media Histories and several book anthologies. She is currently working on her book manuscript on the female voice of Bombay film songs.

Ravi Sundaram is a Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. In 2000 he founded the well-known Sarai programme at the CSDS along with Ravi Vasudevan and the Raqs Media Collective. Since then, Sarai has grown to become one of India’s best-known experimental and critical research sites on media, spanning local and global sites. Sundaram is the author of Pirate Modernity: Media Urbanism in Delhi (2010) and No Limits: Media Studies from India (Delhi, 2015). His recent book Technopharmacology (with Joshua Neves, Aleena Chia and Susanna Paasonen) came out from the University of Minnesota Press (2022). Sundaram has also co-edited the Sarai Reader series, The Public Domain (2001), The Cities of Everyday Life (2002), Shaping Technologies (2003), Crisis Media(2004). Apart from academic forums, he has spoken at art and architecture biennales in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

[Image: Radia tapes, CAMP]