CAMP was founded in November 2007 by Shaina Anand, Sanjay Bhangar and Ashok Sukumaran. CAMP is not an "artists collective" but rather a studio, in which ideas and energies gather and become interests and forms. In this process we try to move beyond binaries of art vs. non-art, commodity markets vs. 'free culture', or individual vs. institutional will to think and to build what is possible, equitable, and interesting, for the future.
We wish (2007):
- To consider thresholds of ownership and authority as challenging sites for artistic practice. To test the ground between aesthetics and multiple ideas of the public (or open), private (or closed), personal (about one's world), and power (about the world, and the capacity to act within it).
- To engage with questions, claims and potentials around infrastructure: materials, systems and tools. This means working directly with such things as electricity, transport, trade, archives, video, radio and the internet; developing ways to think about these as integrated with human life, and beyond the "network"as its representative thought-model.
- To develop new or reconfigured distribution platforms: cinemas, libraries, exhibitions, books, websites, peformances: with both new concepts and materials, sensibility and sensuality.
- To take opportunities, to change. To be hospitable to ideas and to people.
CAMP has a broad range of activities that are divided on this website into Events, Projects, Works and Texts. Events are gatherings at CAMP, or by the group elsewhere. Projects are long-duration explorations of ongoing interests, beyond particular events.
Works and Texts are in-progress sections.
CAMP Studio's current denizens include: