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New podcast episode: Aesthetics of Breath

SMRN podcast channel released a new episode on Aesthetics of Breath, created by Juan Castrillón and Kalpana Subramanian!

Please find it here

Aesthetics of Breath: A Conversation between Juan Castrillón and Kalpana Subramanian

Juan Castrillón and Kalpana Subramanian discuss their shared interest in the aesthetics of breath, as explored through diverse perspectives. They ask how one might explore non-Western genealogies of breath in connection with notions of subjectivity, affectivity and ‘becoming.’ Juan sheds light on sonic perspectives of dervishes from the Anatolian peninsula drawing on his own experience of playing the Ney (a reed flute). Kalpana touches upon notions of breath arising from Yoga and Buddhist knowledge traditions. This conversation was recorded in Harlem, September 2019. The sounds of Ney at the beginning of the episode and the music at end were recorded and composed by Juan Castrillón.

Juan Castrillón is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnomusicology at the University of Pennsylvania and board member of the Society of Anthropology of Lowland South America. He is also pursuing Arabic calligraphy and ney reed-flute training under Turkish instructors.

Kalpana Subramanian is an artist-filmmaker and Ph.D. candidate in Media Study at the University at Buffalo, NY. She is also a practitioner of Yoga and Vipassana, and her doctoral thesis focuses on the poetics of breath in experimental film using transcultural and interdisciplinary modes of inquiry.