Cedrik Fermont and I won the prestigious « Golden Nica » Prix Ars Electronica for our book « Not Your World Music : Noise in South East Asia » and its companion compilation. We are very humbled and feel extremely honoured to receive this prize that recognizes creation and innovation in new media arts. Prix Ars Electronica has been compared to the « Oscars of digital arts ». Prix Ars Electronica has been awarded since 1987. Past recipients of this award in the « Digital music and Sound art » category include Peter Gabriel and Ryūichi Sakamoto.
We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the making of this book. This award celebrates all of you, the hundreds of people dedicated to the arts in South East Asia and elsewhere.
Cedrik and I will present the book and accept the award at a ceremony in Linz (Austria) in September during the ARS ELECTRONICA Festival for Art, Technology and Society 7-11 September 2017.
Statement of the jury
“(…) an outstanding book and CD compilation project.“ (Statement der Jury) Not Your World Music: Noise in South East Asia is a book about art, politics, identity, gender and global capitalism. And it is one of the very few works about noise & sound art and about electro-acoustic, experimental and industrial music of the past and present in Southeast Asia. This volume contains political, historical and sociological essays and interviews with artists as well as an extensive bibliography on Southeast Asian music and noise & experimental musicians. Its compilers define Not Your World Music: Noise in South East Asia as a political, anti-sexist and anti-colonial contribution to a discourse on society, social representation, inequality, marginalization and colonialism.