MOCA has been working with Debashis Sinha throughout 2022 supporting his work in sound and video. His first intervention at the museum was a site-specific sound installation in the house’s endeepened wide gracious flow; a work that combined speculative mythology with processes derived from a blending of machine learning, sonic art, and audio composition. As an extension of his sound commission, Sinha will be presenting a series of video works as part of his ongoing Saṅkhyā Stories: Machine Learning Fables series. These videos will be exhibited at the Museum throughout the fall along with a new image on the exterior Lightbox.
Sinha’s creative output spans a broad range of genres and media, from solo audiovisual performance projects on the concert stage to the interior spaces between two headphones. Driven by a deep commitment to the primacy of sound, Sinha’s creative voice weaves together his own experience as a 2nd generation south Asian Canadian, his training with master drummers from various world music traditions, a love of electronic and electroacoustic music and technology, and a desire to transcend the traditional expectations of how these streams might intersect and interact.
Sinha has appeared as a solo artist at the Sound Symposium, ORF Kunstradio, Deutschlandradio Kultur, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Madrid Abierto, MUTEK, the Guelph Jazz Festival, Radio National Espana, and the International Symposium on Electronic Art, to name a few. His unique take on the place of sound in storytelling has resulted in a long artistic relationship with choreographer Peggy Baker and many collaborations with prominent theatre companies including Soulpepper, Why Not Theatre, The Stratford Festival, and others. He is a committed educator and has taught sound design at many schools and universities across Canada. He is currently an assistant professor in The Creative School at Toronto Metropolitan University.