Rupert Cox works at the University of Manchester as an anthropologist and filmmaker with a long-standing interest in Japan. His research has been on varied topics including the Zen Arts, the idea of Japan as a copying culture and the environmental politics of US military bases. He has developed interests in the intersections between art and science and anthropology that draw on practices from sound art, documentary and landscape film and are directed towards forms of public engagement. His art-works are part of a long term collaboration with the sound artist Angus Carlyle. Currently he is writing a book for Bloomsbury Press – ‘The Sound of the Sky Being Torn’, which is an ethnography and cultural history of military aircraft noise.